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Dine In The Dark with NCBI


House Of Plates to Challenge Customers to Dine in the Dark On the 8th Of November

On the 8th of November House of Plates in Castlebar will challenge local customers to Dine in the Dark as part of Ireland’s first National Dine in the Dark week.  On the back of an innovative partnership between the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the National Council for the Blind 200 restaurants across Ireland will hold their own Dine in the Dark session from the 6th – 13th November. 

Dine in the Dark is a weeklong culinary celebration that will see  200 restaurants and 8000 people Go Dark for sight loss in November.  Dine in the Dark is a unique dining event, where guests are blind folded throughout the full dining experience. Without their sight to guide them, guests experience complex tastes, flavours and textures in a completely new and innovative way. Senses are heightened, altering taste, touch, smell and communication during the meal.  €5 from every meal will be donated to NCBI.

Speaking in advance of the event Restaurant owner said; “this is our second year working with the NCBI charity and we really enjoyed last year, we love pushing boundaries in dining experiences and this is the perfect opportunity for people to get involved in something a little different, of course for a great cause”

NCBI CEO, Chris White said; “We are thrilled that House Of Plates have registered to Dine in the Dark on November 8th.  Sight loss affects one in six people in Ireland, With #HouseofPlates support we are bringing people together to raise awareness, vital funds and of course to have fun”.  

Restaurants across Ireland will host their own Dine in the Dark evening throughout the week of the 6th – 13th of November.  All information can be found on www.dineinthedark.ie with #TheIceHouseHotel in Ballina also taking part in this region http://dineinthedark.ie/connacht/

NCBI is the National Sight Loss Agency. NCBI’s services include emotional support and counselling, low vision solutions like magnifiers, assistive technology advice and training, rehabilitation training (including independent living skills and using a long cane), a large print, audio and Braille library. The organisation also has an online shop with lots of practical solutions.


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