Dinner in the Dark

| October 7, 2011

RivueHalloween night is scary enough as it is, but imagine spending the evening blindfolded with just your senses of taste and feel to guide you.

If you attend “Dinner in the Dark” at RIVUE, the revolving rooftop restaurant at the Galt House Hotel, that’s exactly the experience you’ll have this Halloween.

“Dinner in the Dark” is a special event being held for the first time ever at RIVUE on Halloween night. Standing 25 floors above the Galt House, the restaurant is known for both its top-quality cuisine and breathtaking view of downtown Louisville. However, this Halloween, guests won’t be able to see the astounding scenery through the large glass windows at the restaurant. In fact, they won’t even be able to see the food sitting inches in front of them at the dinner table.

As soon as you walk through the doors at “Dinner in the Dark,” a “Skeleton chef” will mask your eyes with a blindfold and lead you into the diner, where you’ll be served dishes without any clue as to what you’re about to eat.

In case that worries you, I can tell you there won’t be worms or spiders on the menu. The various courses will include a few Halloween-themed foods, but nothing too crazy for your taste buds to handle.

The idea behind the blindfolded dinner comes from a theme that originated in Zurich, Switzerland, in the 1990s and has since emerged in New York and Los Angeles. The multi-sensory experience allows guests to enjoy aspects of dining such as smell, touch and taste that aren’t always appreciated with open eyes.

“It’s sensory deprivation,” said Brian Riddle, executive chef of the Galt House. “Things taste so much different when you don’t know what they are. So much of (the dining experience) is visual.”

As for what Riddle will serve for dinner, he’s keeping that under wraps but assured his dishes won’t scare anyone away.

“Dinner in the Dark” will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception featuring Crystal Head Vodka cocktails and delectable appetizers. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m., where guests can decipher the taste of the food on their plates, and if they’re too curious to wait until the end of the evening, they can take off their blindfold to find out what they’ve just eaten.

After finishing dinner, which will be served with red wine, RIVUE will close out the evening with some decadent desserts paired with Shooting Star Black Bubbles.

“It’s a new event and it’s something different,” Riddle said. “All the time people are looking for the alternative to going trick-or-treating or the traditional Halloween party. This is a fun, sophisticated option.”

If you’re wondering where to go on Halloween night, then come to the dark side of RIVUE if you dare. Escape the duty of sitting on the porch handing out candy, and bring your best costume to the Galt House for a Halloween event unlike any other in town.


RIVUE at the Galt House Hotel
140 N. Fourth St.


Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31.
Cocktail reception: 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7 to 9:30 p.m.


$95 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required.  RIVUE reservations line: 502.568.4239.



Upcoming events

A “Dickens Dinner” will be held Sunday, Dec. 18, with authentic foods from Dickens’ time period and Victorian costumes. Tickets: $120.

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Ashley Anderson

Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).

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