There is apparently a bizarre but fascinating experience in restaurant dining entitled "Dining in the Dark."
People pay to be blindfolded, led into pitch-black restaurants, forbidden to use their cell phones or any other device that gives light, and then, while seated, they are served an entire meal in the dark. The dark heightens their other senses and allows them the unique experience of seeing what it is like for those who are blind. Fascinatingly, many of these restaurants have blind waiters. A few have waiters who wear night vision goggles.
Perhaps the most famous of these restaurants is Dans Le Noir, which has branches in both London and Pairs.
For anyone interested in this "dining in the dark" experience, here's a range of articles including those in CBS News and The New York Times.
Anyway, the reason I bring this all up is because of my fantastically fun Sukkos adventures. We were all invited over to someone's house and in the middle of kiddush, all the lights in the sukkah went out. We ended up eating all our food (and this included soup and more) in the dark, with only the candles to aid us. It was so much fun. I don't think I've had that much fun...in a long while. And it was especially educational and edifying because my mom started discussing this "Dining in the Dark" experience since apparently Chicago is going to install one of these restaurants downtown; it'll be named "The Black Gem." And I go, "No way, are you for real? They seriously have blind waiters? How does that work?" But apparently it does work and people really do pay for this experience. How crazy and how cool?
And then our host referenced a Gemara which explains that part of the reason that food tastes good is because one is able to see it and we argued dining experiences versus the Oral Law and everything was fantastic.
And then, during dessert, the timer decided to cooperate and we could see one another again. Which was good fun, on the one hand, but I much preferred the darkness. It was so much fun...we should always have Sukkot meals in the dark! People are so entertaining!
How's your Sukkot been thus far?