Monday, January 3, 2011

Best of Lei Chic 2010: Dark Side of the Spoon

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Watching what you eat is no fun. Wouldn’t you rather just enjoy tasty food without worrying what’s in it?

Yes?

Then you’ll love Formaggio Grill’s new Monday night Dining in the Dark dinner, where you have a meal without ever seeing what you’re eating. Guests are blindfolded when they arrive, led to the private Gallery Room, and seated for a four-course meal and wine pairing.

The idea is to sample each dish without the benefit of looking at it, so that your other senses tell you what you’re tasting. You’ll smell the aromas of the foods, and chew slowly to really savor the flavors in each bite.

Relying on your other senses helps you enjoy wines too. Before you sip, you’ll take a few more minutes to smell the nose, and taste for fruits or minerals. Without knowing whether it’s red or white, you’ll appreciate how the wine’s flavors actually complement the food.

Similar “dark dining” events have been happening on the mainland for five years or so. Owner Wes Zane says his local version has so far been a fun experiment – at one dinner a guest gave up on using the knife and fork altogether and ate the entire meal with his hands. But most are surprised how easy it is to eat without seeing.

You might just love being blind and dined.

Dining in the Dark happens every Monday at 7 p.m. at Formaggio Grill, 305 Hahani St., Kailua, 808.263.2633. Cost is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity, for a four-course meal including wine pairings. Reservations required. Click here for more information.  
 

Watch the Living Lei Chic video from Hawaii News Now's Sunrise morning show featuring Formaggio's blindfold dinners here.

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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