The Blind Cafe has been hosting dining-in-the-dark experiences in Austin for nearly a decade.
Its founder, Brian Rocheleau, who goes by “Rosh,” is a musician and community-builder who travels around the country to host dinners where guests eat and enjoy a musical performance in complete darkness. The servers are legally blind, and diners are encouraged to ask questions about their experience in a world where most people can see and share about their experience not being able to see the food in front of them or look at the other people at the table or their cell phone.
According to a release: “The aim is to inspire and initiate positive social change in the lives of everyone involved in the experience, using the concept of darkness to break down societal norms that typically exist as barriers.”
More than 20,000 people have experienced The Blind Cafe since its inception in 2010. All the food is vegan and gluten free.
The next Austin dinners are scheduled for July 12 and 13 at American Legion Travis Post 76, 404 Atlanta St. There are two performances and dinners each night, 6 and 9 p.m. You can find more details about the event at theblindcafe.com/austin and tickets (suggested cost is $85) are available through AirBnB experiences.