Premier eyewear boutique Eye Society has successfully restaged its second annual Dinner in the Dark!

What is Dinner in the Dark?

As part of their efforts to promote the Department of Health’s "Sight Saving Month", Eye Society holds a special invitation only event wherein guest literally dine in the dark! Blindfolded and all!

Experiencing something as regular and simple as eating a meal without one’s eyesight is such an eye-opener – underlining exactly how vital one’s vision is. This event is both extremely fun and absolutely educational at the same time!

For this year’s Dinner, Eye Society collaborated with 2016 Asia’s Best Female Chef Margarita Forés at SM Aura Premier’s Samsung Hall with Möet & Chandon as its official wine partner.

The celebration kicked off with free-flowing Moët & Chandon’s Brut Imperial champagne and non-alcoholic gumamela hibiscus tea paired with pass-around hors d’oeuvres of cherry tomato cups of salted egg spuma and parma ham crisps and potato crisps with chive mousse, salmon roe and lumpfish caviar.

After grabbing some cocktails, guests made their way into the Samsung Hall where they were seated at long dinner tables decorated by Fiori d M and lit by candlelight.

While seated guests watched a video highlighting the importance of sight which was followed by a stirring performance by the School of the Blind. Eye Society, Inc. President George Mirani welcomed everyone and then introduced Chef Forés. Eye Society, Inc. AVP Neelam Gopwani then spoke briefly about the importance of eye health, especially the digital age we live in.

The Meal

As dinner was being served the blindfolds were put on, forcing guests to rely on all of their other senses.  All diners were aided by “darkness experts” guiding people by describing each course. Chef Forés prepared an incredible four-course meal that explored textures, temperature, and flavor combinations highlighting premium local ingredients.

The first course served was antipasto of Parmesan Pannacotta with organic tomatoes, sweet basil and black olives. This was paired with Moët & Chandon’s Brut Imperial with notes of green apple, white flower, brioche and nuts. The next course was Gifts from the Seas featuring pan- seared Philippine sea bass, water spinach, seaweed, capiz scallops, Negros blue crab, bottarga and truffle, also paired with Moët & Chandon’s Brut Imperial.

The main course, titled, Of the Earth, featured braised and smoked US short ribs with dark chocolate, porcini, adlai, and heirloom carrot atchara. This was paired with Moët & Chandon’s Rose Imperial with notes of lively and intense red berries, floral nuances and a hint of black pepper. Last but not the least, dessert of Corn Espuma was served, featuring coconut three ways, Guimaras mango and Philippine rum. This too was served with Moët & Chandon’s Rose Imperial.

After everyone had tried to eat without the being able to see their food, they were finally able to un-blindfold themselves as Chef Forés presented each dish’s photo on screen and described exactly what they were eating.

Part of the evening was a charity auction, wherein 2 eye pieces from Bvlgari’s Le Gemme collection, which is exclusive to Eye Society, were auctioned off for P15,000 and P110,000 each, respectively. These proceeds will go towards the Eye Bank Foundation Philippines.

We can’t wait to see what next year has in store for us! 

Covered by: Isabel Martel Francisco