In any given month there are a wide variety of special menus and dishes to indulge in at the restaurants of London hotels. In October though the Island Grill at the Lancaster London is going one step further to offer a unique dining experience, while at the same time raising awareness for charity.
From September 29th to November 2nd 2014, guests will be able to experience ‘blind-dining’. This is more or less exactly as it sounds, with the hotel providing designer blindfolds free of charge to be worn during dinner.
This innovative initiative is being organised in order to raise awareness for the Royal London Society for Blind People (RSLB), as part of the London without Limits series of events.
The idea is simple. Guests wear stylish blindfolds that have been specially designed by Wayne Hemingway, Julian Macdonald and Giles Deacon, theoretically heightening their other senses of taste, smell and touch while they eat. As well as providing a memorable dining experience, the event should also give guests substantial food for thought.
It’s commonly said that the first bite is with the eye, but for the 360,000+ blind and partially sighted people in the UK this is not the case. Despite the partial or complete loss of their sense of sight though, visually impaired people are able to push their own limits and achieve great things by tapping into their other senses. This is the message that RSLB strive to convey and they offer a variety of support and activities to help blind people achieve their goals.
Guests at the blind-dining event will be able to taste a number of dishes like never before, including Moroccan Spiced Lamb with Baba Ganoush and Roasted Cauliflower Tabouleh, and House-smoked Salmon with Chargrilled Sourdough, Dill, Shallots, Baby Capers and Horseradish Cream.
Photo credits: Lancaster London.