April has such a talent for exploring the poetics of life, and not just describing but demonstrating the beauty that goes unnoticed all around us.
The Pancakes and Pajamas event was truly enjoyable. A rare idea bringing lovely people together in a relaxed and authentic space. Looking forward to more community-focused events.
Christmosas and conversation by Pauline Kalaj.
Blindfolded by Aaron Clay
Desserts and treats by Aaron Clay
I had never done anything like Dinner in the Dark before. Frankly, I was a little unnerved by the thought of eating anything sight unseen. However, I pushed myself to do something different for a change, and I’m really glad I decided to go. Dinner in the Dark exceeded my expectations. I thought I was going to dinner, but it turned out to be so much more. The experience was refreshingly unique and memorable. They say you eat with your eyes, but in this case you depend on all your other senses. The first bite was the hardest, but so freeing once I ate it – it was good. Then, I just wanted to figure out what it was I was tasting. Taking another bite, I examined the texture, tried to taste the nuances of the ingredients, and think about what it reminded me of. After that, I had this sort of excitement about what was next. As I think about it now, as the night went along, it became less about the actual food, and more about experiencing my heightened senses. I had a “food adventure” that was totally outside my comfort zone. Also, an unexpected benefit was that I feel like I really stayed in the moment – I experienced the experience. I know that sounds weird, but I go to events and then I’m constantly checking my phone or I am focused on everything else going on around me – I basically end up missing much of what I should be experiencing. Being blindfolded takes away all those visual distractions. Without those distractions, I stayed in and enjoyed the moment. Also, I want to note that our host, April, was terrific. She is energetic, engaged, thoughtful, and.simply took care of her guests to make sure we had a great experience. Not only did the evening run smoothly, but she was definitely about the little details. That matters to me. Overall, I had a terrific meal and Dinner in the Dark was a totally refreshing experience that I will remember always.
I happen to consider life a series of adventures. It was my pleasure to experience a new one at Dinner in the Dark. Put a blindfold on me - you bet! Have me enjoy food and truly taste it without seeing - why not? Hey. Am I eating something seasoned with cinnamon or nutmeg? And is that chicken or tofu with a special sauce? Truly fun to guess. But keep dinner conversation going without looking into another’s face - wow that took some effort but allowed my imagination to work overtime. Highly delightful evening thanks to the host’s organization, ambience, food, and blending of guests. An adventure to be sure.
Dinner and Dessert in the Dark toast by Aaron Clay