What is the most memorable culinary experience you’ve ever had? Chances are you haven’t tried Dining in the Dark. You read it correctly, at this multi-sensory experience (well, minus sight) you will need to train your brain to distinguish flavors and textures, relying solely on taste, smell and touch. Slow down, let the food sit on your tongue, and try to pick out individual tastes as you get hints of sweet and fruity flavors, get a taste of soft and crunchy bites, or notice umami notes on your palate, that combine and compliment one another.
An enticing experience that will serve you a delicious three-course meal at some of Detroit’s leading restaurants, namely the French-American restaurant Host Utica and New American cuisine-inspired The Detroit Club. At these two iconic restaurants in Detroit, a special menu is offered in vegan, seafood, or meat options, prepared only with the freshest seasonal ingredients that will tempt your taste buds. Put your blindfold on, open your mind and let the food sing!
What to expect at Dining in the Dark?
The tantalizing Dining in the Dark experience promises to elevate your meal to a whole new level, leaving just you, your taste buds and your sense of smell to enjoy an appetizing three-course meal served at Host Utica or The Detroit Club. Upon arrival, you will be handed a blindfold, to commit you to the experience and thought to multiply the flavors, and the restaurant’s waiters will then lead you to your tables, where all the fun will ensue.
At the restaurant of your choice, you will be served a succulent and lush three-course meal. During purchase, you’ll choose either vegan, seafood or meat menu for the night but you can expect dishes that draw inspiration from French and New American cuisine.
And feel free to get creative when eating! Whether you want to use your hands to discern the ingredients or the cutlery provided by the restaurants, there are no rules. What matters most is sharing the laughs and yummy food with your loved ones, regardless if it’s a romantic date or a weekly gathering with friends. Be prepared to find out more about your companion, though. A lot of unknown traits come out when you’re in the dark…
Where is Dining in the Dark?
Detroit’s Dining in the Dark experience will be taking place at two premier restaurants that are popular in the foodie community for their flavor-bursting menus and creative dishes inspired by classics.
Firstly, Host Utica is a modern multi-use venue that consistently offers up fresh, original dishes by rotating resident chefs that perfect their craft. Founded by Michael Ivkov, an innovator of the Detroit pop-up scene back in 2014 with Stockyard Detroit, Host is known for wood-fired pizza, the mouth-watering brunch options prepared by chef Davante Burnley and refined and picture-perfect pastries by Romena.
For a more traditional atmosphere, The Detroit Club’s restaurant, Bohemia, offers an upscale, Mediterranean-inspired menu. The high-end restaurant offers a meticulously curated selection of fine foods in the style of New American cuisine. What stands out the most is their use of local and seasonal ingredients that also dictates their menus. You don’t have to be a member of the 140-year-old Detroit Club to savor the restaurant’s finger-licking dishes this summer. Dining in the Dark has got you covered.
Dining in the Dark Reviews
“Fantastic and well thought out experience. Really had to rely on other senses to get your way through the table and manage to carefully grab your wine without spilling. Food menu was well thought out… Waitress Georgia was fantastic. Had a great time and would recommend to all” – Aishlea S
“Fabulous from start to finish. Waiters were great and welcoming and then food was amazing! Definitely would recommend and can’t wait to come back!” – Devon P
“Great food, great service, great experience.” – Chelsea W
Appreciate food with more intensity at this immersive experience, fit for any foodie and gourmand. You can choose between 6:30pm, 7pm and 8:30pm. Tickets cost $90 per person and a $18 per person food gratuity will be charged the night of.