Shedding Light on Central Florida Hunger and Blindness

dining dark imagesmWhen I was a child, there was no such thing as Second Harvest here in Central Florida. The house I grew up in (not far from Fern Creek), provided shelter, but was often not often stocked with healthy foods. Some days it didn’t have any food. That’s just the way it was. I know the feeling of a rumbling stomach, and remember clearly how hard it was on occasion to focus in school because I didn’t have enough to eat. Those memories make it all the more personal for me to promote the excellent work done by Second Harvest Food Bank.

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is partnering with Lighthouse Central Florida to host a unique event, Dining in the Dark, to support both their excellent services here in Central Florida.

Dining in the Dark is a sensory experience, as well as a dining event like no other. Diners usually expect to be wowed by a lovely presentation, a grill mark or two, or a vibrant color that indicates an amazing meal to come. But what if you couldn’t see the meal in front of you? (And what if you couldn’t take a photo for Instagram!?) At a Dining in the Dark event, the sense of sight is temporarily blocked. Smells and sounds take on new meaning as you soak in the experience with other senses taking the forefront. Temperature, texture, acidity, sweetness… the sound of glasses clinking, the brush of a server’s arm by your chair… Close your eyes and imagine.

The elegant three-course meal will be prepared by Second Harvest Food Bank’s very own Chef Dawn Viola and her team and will be served by the Orlando Police Department SWAT Team (who will need special night-vision goggles to see what the guests cannot!).

The Dining in the Dark Orlando dinner is an artistic event designed to enhance dining pleasure for sighted guests. Dining in the dark—the daily experience—is nothing out of the ordinary for those with vision problems. Lighthouse Central Florida helps people living with vision loss and blindness in Central Florida and offers them a comprehensive range of services.

Your ticket purchase price helps fund both organizations: Lighthouse Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Tickets to Dining in the Dark are $125.00 each to include a cocktail hour from 6–7 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live music, followed by a three-course gourmet meal prepared by Second Harvest Food Bank’s very own Chef Dawn Viola and her team from 7–9 p.m. Learn more, or purchase tickets by visiting

Special offer: Through May 5, purchase tickets for 25% off!
No code needed. The new price will show up in your cart.

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