FAQs

If your question is not answered below, please contact us!

 

Background

 Who is organizing this event?

This event is being organized by a Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living 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 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. 

 

Tickets

Where do I purchase my tickets?

Tickets can be purchased by going to the tab labeled “Tickets” above, calling Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living at 979-776-5505, or by coming to the center’s office location located at 1869 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan. 

Do I need to bring my ticket receipt at the event?

We do not need anything but your first and last name, or the title of the group you are with. You are more than welcome to bring your receipt from your online purchase, but it is not necessary. 

 

Food

What is the menu?

The menu is kept top secret and only a select few people know what is on it. We do not reveal anything about the menu, besides that it is multi-course, until the end of the event.

What do you do about food allergies or diet restrictions?

We are very careful about allergies/restrictions. When ordering you tickets, you will be asked if anyone in your party has an allergy or diet restriction. If so, this will be confirmed several times leading up to the event and the day of the event. We replace menu items that conflict with something more suitable to the guest as needed. The menu still remains a secret.

 

Location

Where is the event located?

Dining in the Dark is held at the Hilton College Station and Conference Center at 801 University Drive East in College Station.