If you haven't caught it on Twitter or Facebook yet- Chefs Ellis Cooley (AMP 150), Jeff Jarrett (North End Wine Bar), and Brian Okin (Verve) have come up with a new culinary concept for Cleveland- Dinner in the Dark. I for one think that it is a fascinating idea, and one that I can't wait to try out. So here's the idea, how it works, and when the first dinner is taking place:
An impromptu dinner designed to stimulate your palate and surprise your taste buds by offering you no idea of what you will eat or drink or who will be cooking for you.
Imagine allowing yourself to let go of your inhibitions and enjoy great food and wine from some of Cleveland's best chefs, by allowing them to indulge in their most inner creativeness and challenge your senses.
HOW IT WORKS:
Guests will make reservations for selected dates. Participating Chefs will create dishes of their whim. No rules, no secret ingredients --- just food straight from their heart and soul, however they see the beauty of food through their own eyes. Libations will be paired with each course.
The first one is being held on October 11th from 7-8 p.m. in the newly opened Verve in downtown Cleveland. The cost is $50 a person for the six-course meal with wine pairings. Each event will benefit a charity of choice, and the first organization selected is Veggie U. Guests need to contact Verve at (216) 664-5500 to make a reservation.
Since announcing the concept, fellow chefs Adam Bostwick (Melange), Matthew Mathlage (Light Bistro), and the Dim and Den Sum boys have joined forces to support this new series of events coming to Cleveland. I have no doubt that others will join the list of fantastic chefs getting involved with this fun dining concept. I would suggest becoming a "Fan" of Dinner in the Dark on Facebook to stay on top of what to expect next from this crew.
I just want to give kudos to these three chefs for taking the initiative to start this series, and I encourage you to attend one. I know that I will be!