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Thursday 26 April 2018

Dining in the dark night raises money for NCBI

Dine in the Dark in aid of NCBI in the Holy Grail restaurant. Linda Malone from Inistioge
Dine in the Dark in aid of NCBI in the Holy Grail restaurant. Linda Malone from Inistioge

Local foodies were treated to a unique dining experience at the Holy Grail restaurant in New Ross recently at a dine in the dark night for the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI).

The diners arrived and were given a menu featuring a mixture of European dishes like beef stroganoff and chicken in wine sauce, chicken stir fry and traditional Indian dishes.

They were then presented with a blind fold and started to enjoy their two course meal.

Holy Grail owner Ammu Shinjo, from Kerala, south India, said the cost of the meal was €25 with €5 going to the NCBI.

'We were contacted by the Restaurants Association of Ireland about hosting this event and we thought it was a great idea and wanted to support it.'

Ms Shinjo said the customers really enjoyed the experience.

'They had to get used to eating in the dark, getting used to cutlery and picking up their glasses. They had to experience food through taste rather than the visual and they really liked it. Thankfully there weren't any spills. Having the blindfold on enhanced their senses. It was a fun event and we raised €120 for the NCBI.'

Ms Shinjo, who opened the business 18 months ago, said it was the restaurant's first time holding the event, adding that they will do so again in 2018 providing they get the support from the people of New Ross.

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