If you're looking for a very unique experience to help get you through the winter months, then the blindfolded dining experience that is coming to Minnesota is right up your alley.

Imagine going to a terrific restaurant to enjoy a 3-course meal, only you have no idea what you'll be eating and before you are served a single thing, you are blindfolded. Sounds like an intriguing evening!

Eminent psychologists have been advocating dining in the dark as the ultimate taste experience for many years. Studies show that 80 percent of people eat with their eyes; with that sense eliminated, the theory is that the other senses—namely taste and smell—take over to elevate your meal to a whole new level.

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Dining in the Dark: A Unique Blindfolded Dining Experience will provide that very experience at The Commodore Bar & Restaurant in St. Paul. You'll be seated in a darkened, candlelit room, where you will next be blindfolded to allow you to enjoy a meal focusing on taste and smell alone.

While you'll be blindfolded, you won't be completely in the dark on the menu. You'll get to choose one option from three categories:

Red (Meat)

  • Starter: treat your palate to an intense experience complete with a sweet and tangy hint on top
  • Main: tastebud tantalizing prime meat to continue your journey through the flavors the forest can offer
  • Dessert: a final flight to France for an unforgettable sweet pastry treat

Blue (Seafood)

Starter: a combination of tasty seafood morsels with sweet seasonal flavors
Main: a taste of the freshness of the sea with the best of the orchard
Dessert: an extravagantly rich and naturally sweet dessert with a crunchy surprise

Green (Vegan)

  • Starter: an ode to winter sweetness and fruits of the forest
  • Main: a smorgasbord of orchard flavors and textures arrives at your table
  • Dessert: an explosion of sweetness with a tangy hint and a shocking finale

Tickets are on sale now for Dining in the Dark: A Unique Blindfolded Dining Experience, which takes place Thursday, February 3.

When you purchase tickets, you'll pick a menu option. There were originally two dining times available, at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., however, the earlier time has sold out so only the 8:30 p.m. time is available.

This has been done in other cities, including Philadelphia, and they captured some video of what the experience was like.

The entire experience takes about 90 minutes. The Commodore Bar & Restaurant is located at 79 Western Ave N. in St. Paul.

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