Inspiring, nurturing and empowering young people with a vision impairment.

Dining in the Dark!

A charity event that has been in the planning for 2 years finally came to fruition on Thursday 5 March, and what an impressive event it was!

With the support of top local Chef, Felice Tocchini, NCW held its first ever blindfold dinner at Feli’s Bar and Restaurant in Worcestershire.

Guests paid to wear a blindfold and eat a four course meal, which promised to be a truly sensational sensory experience.  
Every course was attractively presented and provided a gastronomic treat. Felice along with his team worked to create food that enabled the taste buds and aromas to provide intrigue and suspense. 

Chef, Felice Tocchini, worked with NCW students Andrew and Stuart who are both studying Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition.
He explained how to make sauces and mousses as well as demonstrating the skills of smoking ingredients, and rolling pastry properly.  These became parts of the exciting menu that Felice had devised. 

During the evening Andrew and Stuart helped serve the delicious food and waited on tables. Both Andrew and Stuart hosted the evening answering questions to enable diners to explore the world of vision impairment. They were incredibly confident and explained that although they have a vision impairment, it is part of them and to succeed they have learnt to accept and manage it.

One diner stated the event was inspiring and was so impressed with the student’s confidence, enthusiasm and articulation.  The evening was described as fun and a huge success. Many memories were made during our first Blindfold Dinner, and we are already planning our next!

Ms Emanuel, Head of Independent Living Skills, was heavily involved in the organisation of the event: “As a teacher you can inspire and have belief, but when working with students like I do, they need to trust and have the confidence to take risks. This needs to be nurtured. It is an honour to have taught Stuart and Andrew since year 8 and to have seen them grow, learn and believe in themselves.” 

Thank you to Feli’s Bar and Restaurant for the support, for hosting us and allowing us to be so hands on.

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