1274 195Aspiring chefs at Northampton College have been challenged to come up with a dish that awakens the senses as part of a charity dinner raising awareness of visual impairments.

The event, called ‘Dining in the Dark’, is being held at the college’s own restaurant ‘The Lane’ and has been organised by NAB, the sight support charity for Northamptonshire.

Guests will enjoy a lavish dinner created by chefs from The Perfect Country Pub Company and assisted by catering students at Booth Lane. The students have been challenged to come up with ideas for a special amuse bouche which will be served on the night. The dish must focus on other senses, such as sound, touch and smell – making it suitable for anyone with a visual impairment.

Phil Martin, head of hospitality and catering at Northampton College, said: “Dining in the Dark is a brilliant concept and gives our students to think more about the challenges of preparing food for those with limited or no vision. It’s an opportunity for them to get creative and I’m looking forward to tasting what they come up with.”

The students’ creations will be judged later this month with the winning dish served at the dinner on Wednesday, October 2.

Rhian Williams, fundraising manager at NAB, said: “Dining in the Dark promises to be a real insight into how so many with limited vision live their daily lives. It will be a multi-sensory experience to remember and we can’t wait to see what Northampton College students have in store.”

Guests will wear sight loss ‘simulation specs’ to experience what it’s like being blind or partially sighted while Northampton Saints legend Christian Day will give an after-dinner talk followed by a charity auction to raise money for sight loss.

The event is being held in partnership with Tompkins Knight & Son Optometrists, Warners Distillery and Amps Fine Wines.

NAB is sponsoring the new ‘Dining for All’ category at the 2019 Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards, championing venues which go above and beyond to promote inclusivity and accessibility.

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