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Mount Kisco's Via Vanti Presents 'Dining in the Dark'

Last year’s “Dining in the Dark” diners used blindfolds to test how discriminating their palates were. Via Vanti will host its second annual “Dining in the Dark” blind dining experience on March 1 to benefit Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
Last year’s “Dining in the Dark” diners used blindfolds to test how discriminating their palates were. Via Vanti will host its second annual “Dining in the Dark” blind dining experience on March 1 to benefit Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Photo Credit: Contributed
Guiding Eyes dog Aris poses at Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco. Via Vanti’s second annual “Dining in the Dark” blind dining experience on March 1 will benefit Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which provides guide dogs to people.
Guiding Eyes dog Aris poses at Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco. Via Vanti’s second annual “Dining in the Dark” blind dining experience on March 1 will benefit Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which provides guide dogs to people. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- , Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco will host its second annual “Dining in the Dark” event from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 1 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 at 2 Kirby Plaza, Mount Kisco.

For more information or to reserve space, contact Via Vanti! at 914-666-6400 or visit the website, www.viavanti.com.

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