FAQs

Stories Behind Dining in the Dark B/CS
Frequently asked questions are listed questions and answers.

Background

Who is organizing this event?

This event is being organized by a BVCIL staff and a group of community volunteers.

In addition to those involved on the committees, staff from Texas A&M University Center on Disability and Development, College Station Hilton, and all of those that volunteered and attended our past Dining in the Dark events have been instrumental in planning this event.

Where did this idea come from?

The idea for holding a Dining in the Dark awareness and fundraising event in the Brazos Valley came from an idea explosion at one of our staff meetings. However, that is probably not the answer you wanted!

History of this event, courtesy of a manual produced by the Florida Institute of Rehabilitation Education for People Who are Visually Impaired or Blind provides the following:

“Dining in the Dark was pioneered in Zurich by a Swiss socialite and trendsetter who happened to be blind. He threw cocktail parties for his sighted friends in the dark to add flair and zest to the occasion. He created a whole new set of sensations and experiences based on the combination of total darkness, social interaction, dining and drinking. By 1999 the growing popularity of the concept expanded into becoming a fine dining restaurant and social club. Since then, the concept has spread to Germany, Paris and London.”

Listen to a NPR audio postcard from the Blind Cow in Zurich.

What is BVCIL?

The Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living (BVCIL) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of BVCIL is to support the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of community living. You can visit BVCIL online at www.bvcil.org for more information.

Volunteers

Who is organizing this event?

This event is being organized by BVCIL staff and a group of community volunteers.

In addition to those involved on the committees, staff from Texas A&M University Center on Disability and Development, College Station Hilton, and all of those that volunteered and attended our past Dining in the Dark events have been instrumental in planning this event.

Initiative

Why is this being held at the College Station Hilton?

Our first event was in 2013 and was held on the TAMU campus; however, feedback from attendees overwhelming requested the event be held on a Saturday night. The 2014 event was held at the Hilton with guests able to have on-site parking, stay in the hotel if they needed to, and on-site catering. The Hilton staff have also been instrumental in helping us identify all of the behind-the-scenes logistics required to make this night a success.