Guess Who’s Groping For Dinner
[Playboy, August 2003]
Blind-dating for real – complete with nightvision goggles
By RICHARD MORGAN
Finally, something for romantics who find candlelight too inhibiting. Here's the way Dinner in the Dark, a new dating option for singles in New York, works: Show up at the designated restaurant, where a hostess wearing night-vision goggles guides you into a pitch-black room to join 35 or so other blind daters. The five-course gourmet meal begins. "My fork is as fucking blind as I am," says a voice named Rita. Wineglasses are shared, and female diners' hands wander to judge looks, build and virility. The experience, hosted by cosmoparty.com (and spreading to cities other than New York), is supposed to be more culinary than carnal. Right. "You're missing a great show," announces Maribel, rumored to be blouseless by the time her coq au vin arrives. So what's for dessert?
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