DALLAS -- This week we're going to explore a dining experience that's less about the food, but more about the senses -- or lack there of. It's The Blind Cafe -- a pop-up diner that recently made a stop in Dallas, where diners enjoy a meal, music, and fellowship in complete darkness.
A concept that Brian Rocheleau, the founder, experienced once in Iceland and decide to bring back to the states.
"What was really profound for me is that I realized I didn't know any of the people at this table with me were blind, or black, or white, or tall, or short,” Rocheleau said. "And I thought, this would be a powerful way to help kinda break down social barriers."
Let's paint the picture: you show up, turn your phone off, and you're led into the dining room – by blind waiters.
"I think it's important for people to always step out of their comfort zones," Richie Flores said. Flores is a Blindness Ambassador for The Blind Café. “Whether it's stepping into the dark at The Blind Cafe eating dinner or just trying something new. Definitely makes people aware about disability, and share music, and eat! (laughs)"
"I just thought it was something that was an interesting event," Kevin Rock said. "It was something I wanted to experience and it's a good date night idea."
Along with the dinner, which is vegan and gluten free, guests are able to ask the blind anything during the discussion in the dark.
"I think a lot of people just have a misconception that we're less, or we don't know, or we're unhappy," Flores said. "People don't understand that we really lead a normal life."
"When the lights turn back on I've heard people say, man turn them em back off," Flores said. "I wanna do that again."
As for the hardest part...
"Figuring out where my wine glass was," Sarah Spiker says.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel.
"Doing this in the dark I feel like I know her more, I really do," James Rogers told Newsfix. "That was the biggest thing for me, the speed of life, slowing down ... stopping to smell the roses and in this case the food."