During our recent lecture on light where we spent the majority of the class in the dark I couldn’t help but be reminded of a new trend of fine dining that I had recently heard about- “Opaque Dining”, or dining in the dark. This concept originated in Europe but is quickly gaining popularity in places like Las Angeles and New York City. The idea is that dining in complete darkness lets you become much more aware of your other senses- more specifically taste, smell, and touch. This experience manipulates scientific principles of sense perception to shape a new way of experiencing food for the diners. The participants claim to discover new flavors, textures, and smells from everyday foods such as plain yogurt or potatoes. A cool fact I discovered while researching Opaque Dining was that all of the waiters hired for these types of restaurants are either completely blind or extremely visually impaired. These individuals also serve as guides for the diners into the pitch black dining room. Once the people are seated and are served their first course out of five they are told where each type of food is on the plate indicated by a time on the clock (exp. Fish at 3 O’clock). Certain foods have become dark dining favorites such as any finger food or soups that can be sipped from a mug with a handle. I think this experience sounds really cool and would love to try it one day. Being able to notice the changes in sense perception that occurred in the dim room during lecture such as the increased peripheral vision and greater sensitivity to noise was really neat to me and I would love to experience this type of sense manipulation in a restaurant setting. We should have done this while we were in New York!!