The concept of purposefully eating in complete pitch-black dark originated with Jorge Spielmann, a blind clergyman from Zurich. When guests ate dinner at the Spielmann house some would wear blindfolds during their meal to show solidarity with their host and to better understand his world. What Spielmann’s sighted guests found was that the blindfolds heightened their sense of taste and smell and made their dining experience more enjoyable. This unique dining concept opened as a restaurant in Switzerland called blindekuh (Blind Cow) and has expanded to restaurants in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, Prague, Hong Kong and more recently in New York and California.
We proudly introduced this concept in Boston in 2010 and have created hundreds of successful corporate and public events since. Dining in the Dark was founded by David Goldstein, producer of Mystery Café, creator of the Boston Chocolate Tours and founder of the award winning team building company, TeamBonding.
Opportunity knocked and David answered, like an entrepreneur often does. While setting up the Boston Chocolate Tours, David was introduced to Markus Ripperger, Executive Chef of the Hampshire House. Markus wanted to create a dark dining event at one of Boston’s most unique venues and while discussing it over the most amazing chocolate soup at 75 Chestnut, David agreed to take on the project. Our guests are the beneficiary of this unique collaboration.
The focus of our take on the concept is to create a feast of the senses where the “idea” is a show, the “food” is the main character, the music is the supporting role and the Hampshire House is the set. Let us take you on a journey like no other.
Special thanks to the creative team including writer/narrator Karen Nelson, musical writer/director/performer Sonia Carrion, the entire Hampshire House team, MysteryMeet.org founder Seth Resler. Dining in the Dark is dedicated to David’s father who passed away the night this debuted in October, 2010 and has been and will continue to be an inspiration for him all of his life, Sidney Leon Goldstein.