Behind the Portland Area’s Only Dark Dining Experience

On a family trip to Las Vegas, Jim Rice ate one of his favorite meals in complete darkness. Blackout, a Vegas “dark dining” restaurant, serves its tasting menu in a lightless room, so diners cannot see the dishes in front of them. Over the course of the meal, they guess the components of each course by relying on their other senses, until employees reveal the menu at the end.

Rice wasn’t sold on the concept — until he started eating. “I was totally a convert, totally blown away,” he says. “The thing we talked about the most (about our trip), for months and months, was this dark dining experience.”

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