Dining in the Dark

What it’s all about

Based on a restaurant concept popularized in Paris and New York, Dining in the Dark is an event where your guests experience a meal without the benefit of sight. Invite friends over for a delicious meal they’ll enjoy while wearing eye masks.

It’s a memorable way to raise money for CNIB and boost awareness for the challenges faced by people living with vision loss at the same time.

Learn more about Dining in the Dark by downloading our Dining in the Dark at Home Event Guide or Community Event Guide.

Why it’s great

  • It’s not only a great way to raise money, but awareness too – giving your guests a small glimpse into what it might be like to experience the world without sight. 
  • We can provide you with free CNIB-branded blindfolds for all your guests. Just call the CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642 or email info@cnib.ca to order.
  • We can also provide you with helpful planning guides: our Dining in the Dark at Home Event Guide and our Community Event Guide.

How to plan it

Here’s a step-by-step guide to planning your Dining in the Dark event: 

  1. Choose your guest list.Do you want to have an intimate dinner at home with a few friends? If so, here’s a helpful Dining in the Dark at Home Event Guide to help you plan your event. Or would you rather have a large, catered soiree with dozens of friends, family members and colleagues? If so, download our Dining in the Dark Community Event Guide.

  2. Send your invitations.You can choose to invite your guests by phone, by email, by mailing traditional invitations or by sending them an “e-vite,” available free through any number of e-card websites.

    You’ll also want to make sure your guests know that your Dining in the Dark event is a fundraiser, raising money for vital CNIB programs and services for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.

    Ask them to contribute a donation when they come to your event. You can choose an amount beforehand – $25, $35 or $50 should be a comfortable amount for most people – or you can ask them to bring whatever donation amount they’d like to contribute.

  3. Throw on your blindfolds and dig in. After you’ve prepared your meal (or your caterer has prepared it, if you’ve hired one), you’ll want to bring everything to the table right before you eat. Don’t forget drinks, sauces and extras that your guests might need while they’re eating – you don’t want to have to try to get up to find those things after the meal has begun.

    When everyone has sat down and is ready to eat, that’s when it’s time to hand out the eye masks and take on the challenge of Dining in the Dark!

  4. Submit the funds you’ve raised.After your event is over, please submit the funds you’ve raised to your local CNIB office or to our national office at:

    Dining in the Dark fundraiser
    CNIB
    1929 Bayview Avenue
    Toronto, ON
    M4G 3E8

Need more help organizing your event? Visit our Planning and Promoting Your Fundraiser page.