What do diners in Paris, Zurich, New York and Los Angeles have in common with diners in Louisville. If you said “hunger” you win nothing, if you said “dining in the dark” you win the imaginary grand prize.
Each September IdeaFestival brings world renowned speakers, thinkers, creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders from many fields and disciplines to Louisville. IdeaFestival isn’t just a once a year event though. The organization offers interesting and thought provoking events throughout the year. The latest is a series of Lights Out Dinners.
The daring diners who attend the Lights Out Dinner at chef Peng Looi’s Asiatique Asian Fusion restaurant on
Bardstown Road will be asked to try something more than a little out of
the ordinary: enjoying a multi-course meal without seeing it.
will be blindfolded as they enter the darkened room reserved for the
dinner, and enjoy a series of imaginative courses paired with wines and
other spirits, all without setting eyes on them.
Looi is not revealing the menu ahead of time, but assures
participants he’ll personally present each course and explain his
approaches to scintillating ingredients, spices, sauces, temperatures,
techniques, and the fine balance between sweet and savory.
Since I’m a bit of a picky eater I personally am a tiny bit afraid of the concept but I’m going to get over and head to one of these. I’ll report back on my experiences.