Dine in the Dark

Charity dinner with a difference

A unique pop-up dining experience comes to quirky venue The Missing Sock on 8 November, Dine in the Dark.

Students from Cambridge Regional College's catering department have devised a two-course to show that normally we eat with our eyes. They predict that diners will not be able to correctly guess what they ate, with a quiz at the end of the evening, with prizes for those who are closest.

Dine in the Dark marks the launch of Eye Inspire, a social enterprise founded by Cambridge-based DJ and music professional Yvette Chivers, who was diagnosed 20 years ago with degenerative eye disorder retinitis pigmentosa. Since then she has trekked the Himalayas and the Andes, and has always believed that anything is possible.

It aims to provide inspiration to sight-loss youth groups through talks by vision-impaired people who have achieved great things in music, sport, art and science, including Paralympic gold medal winners.

If you're at Dine in the Dark, you'll hear James Laird, 24, talk about his sci-fi writing and travelling around the world, despite just 5% vision. He recently made news with pioneering augmented reality glasses that have been made for him by optician Daniel Crown. The glasses have cameras that focus and enhance what is around him.

Graham Taylor, from Cambridge Regional College's catering department, said: "Being involved promotes everything we are about in encouraging and educating the students to use their senses, regarding taste, flavour and texture. For our students to be involved is fantastic."

Proceeds from the night, which starts at 7pm, will go towards Eye Inspire and fundraising events planned for next year include Date in the Dark and Dance in the Dark.

Tickets are £20 plus booking fee from skiddle.com