Dining in the Dark – A Blind Dining Experience

March 29, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria
2 Kirby Plaza
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Via Vanti

On Sunday, March 29, Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mt. Kisco will host its second annual “Dining in the Dark” event from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. to support Guiding Eyes for the Blind. The unique “blind dining” experience includes a delicious five course tasting menu plus gelato. Guests will be offered blindfolds to test just how discriminating their taste buds are with prizes awarded to the diners with the savviest palates.

“We received so much positive feedback from last year’s event; we knew we had to do it again,” said Via Vanti! owner Carla Gambescia. “This year we are offering a different delicious menu with interesting harmonious flavors and flavor contrasts, textures and aromas to heighten the mindfulness of the diners. Not only is ‘Dining in the Dark’ a fun and unique experience, it’s also for a great cause.”

For someone without sight, a Guiding Eyes dog is a priceless, life-changing gift providing independence, companionship and mobility. Headquartered in Yorktown Heights, Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs, professional training and follow-up support services to people with vision loss at no cost to them, depending solely on contributions to fulfill its mission. Additionally, Guiding Eyes places specially trained service dogs with children on the autism spectrum.

“We are excited for the opportunity to raise awareness of our mission by partnering with Via Vanti!” says Becky Barnes, Guiding Eyes’ Manager of Consumer Relations and Graduate Support. “I love being able to share the experience of savoring delicious food without vision.”

“Dining in the Dark” is $75 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria is located at 2 Kirby Plaza in Mount Kisco. For more information or to reserve your space, contact Via Vanti! at 914-666-6400 or visit their website, www.viavanti.com.

About Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Guiding Eyes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss as well as service dogs to children with autism. The organization is passionate about connecting exceptional dogs with individuals and families for greater independence. Since its inception in 1954, Guiding Eyes has grown to be one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, known for its accredited training programs and lifetime commitment to its graduating teams. Guiding Eyes is dependent upon contributions to fulfill its mission and provides all services free of charge. The organization’s Headquarters and Training Center is located in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. and its canine breeding center is in Patterson, N.Y. For more info, visit www.guidingeyes.org, like Guiding Eyes on Facebook (www.facebook.com/guidingeyes) or follow @guidingeyes on Twitter.

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