Win Tickets ($200+): Portland Blind Cafe @ Alberta Abbey | Award Winning Community Awareness Dinner, Discussion & Concert

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Portland Blind Cafe @ Alberta Abbey on April 6-8. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, March 31.


From our sponsors:
Portland Blind Cafe
April 6-8, 2017
6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. | $45-$195 | All Ages
More info:

Alberta Abbey
126 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

The Blind Cafe experience is an award winning community awareness concert, discussion, and dinner in the dark where people connect, learn, and break bread together. The aim is to inspire and initiate positive social change in the lives of everyone involved in the experience, using the concept of darkness to break down social norms that typically exist as barriers.

You will participate in a Q&A with your blind wait staff while dining on a vegan meal, including wine and dessert, and enjoying live music by Rosh & The Blind Cafe Orchestra.

With the love and laughter of those at your table you will share a meal family-style, building friendship and community on a night you will never forget or SEE!

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67 Responses to Win Tickets ($200+): Portland Blind Cafe @ Alberta Abbey | Award Winning Community Awareness Dinner, Discussion & Concert

  1. Synthya March 15, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    I think this would be really cool to experience food and all other senses in complete darkness! My boyfriend and I are big foodies and I think it would be really cool to have our senses heightened for a culinary treat!!!!!!

    • Kathleen Rogers March 30, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

      I’ve read about this & always wanted to try it. My father is blind and it’s been his life since a young adult. Perhaps my husband & I would have a better awareness.

  2. Randy George March 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    I look really good in the dark!!! #OneLove

  3. Mary March 15, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

    I’d go on a blind date if I won.

  4. Hannah March 15, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    I’ve heard so much about this experience and would love the chance to be involved.

  5. Katelyn Louise Hays March 15, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

    Always loved the idea of these experiences! Would love to go in a town as food-awesome as Portland

  6. Oscar Rincones March 16, 2017 at 5:29 am #

    Sounds like a great social experiment!

  7. molli taylor March 16, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    i want to go with my husband. as a hard of hearing person, thiswill be SUPER challenging and “eye opening” for me, forgive the horrid pun.

  8. Danielle March 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    What an amazing experience.

  9. Rachel March 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    My twin sister is visiting from out of town that week for our birthday. She was the one who told me about the cafe. We both think it sounds wonder. I would love for us to go together.

  10. jim March 16, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    Sounds like a great experience

  11. Wayne Lee March 16, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    I would love to support this cause.

  12. Jenny March 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

    Yes please!

  13. Viola Rose March 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

    extra sensory delight!

  14. LAURA March 16, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

    This looks like such a neat event!

  15. Stefan Blum March 19, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

    Wow, Ive heard about these blind dinners before! Always sounded like something Id like to try. I might just take my girlfriend!

  16. Alicia March 20, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    This is a learning experience that I would love to be a part of… It is a world with challenges and pleasures I have yet to understand. This type of darkness puts many of people on equal footing and I want to be in that conversation. Please count me in.

  17. Corbett March 20, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    You never truly appreciate what you have until you can gain an understanding of what life is/might be like without it. This sounds like a great event and a very meaningful experience. Would love to be part of it.

  18. Rae March 21, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    What an experience! I’d love to win this.

  19. Kris Martin March 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    I’ve been waiting to try this!

  20. Peter March 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

    This is a unique romantic set up with a fantastic program to experience and explore a life without eyesight. Eyes can be so deceiving in many ways. I would love to take my very special Oregonian to this blind date and have her join me in this eye opening experience.

  21. Kathy Rankin March 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    Id love to do this except that I would not want to be blind for good. It is only for the time there right? I am a photographer so maybe this actually is not for me. I guess I’d have to go to know for sure how I could survive as a blind girl. Show me.

  22. Lisa March 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    Would definitely put things into perspective by taking part in this dinner. I would like to try it.

  23. Josh O March 21, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

    I’d love to win this – I think a blind meal would be a really… eye opening experience.

  24. Donna March 21, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

    I did this years ago in Boulder and it was an incredible experience. I’d love to share it with my husband — his closest friend, who was blind, died this winter.

  25. Emily March 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    This sounds like a very interesting way to spend my birthday this year! I would love to be a part of this event.

  26. Valerie Skala March 23, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    I would like to attend because I volunteer with Elders in Action, I am new to Portland and hope to learn all I can about my great new home!

    This is an event to cherish.

  27. Claire March 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

    Would love to share this experience with a friend and explore our senses in a new way!

  28. Sylvia Triplett March 23, 2017 at 10:46 pm #

    This would be an amazing experience!

  29. Rachelle Crites March 23, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

    I would love to enjoy this unique dinner with my best friend, my husband of almost 18 years. We both work long days and long nights and could really use a fun night out. We both love to talk to people!

  30. Shadow Rose March 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

    My brother and I checked out this event here in Portland in 2011. I’ve recommended it to everyone.

  31. Brittanie March 26, 2017 at 11:48 pm #

    I would love this!

  32. molli taylor March 27, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    i am really intrigued by this, i have been following what they do for years! would love to check it out

  33. Jenna Radomski March 27, 2017 at 10:00 am #

    I have always wanted to take part in a blind dining experience! I think it is such a cool social experiment and I would love to see how mine and my partner’s interactions changed in this strange atmosphere!

  34. Veronica March 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    Wow! What an opportunity! I would love to attend and experience this!

  35. Paul March 27, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    This dining experience sounds absolutely crazy and would love the unique experience. Plus, I prefer to eat with my hands and never use napkins!!!

  36. Julia March 27, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

    This sounds amazing! I wish I could afford to go! Winning tickets would be a Dream!

  37. Lauren March 27, 2017 at 11:22 pm #

    I am new to the area and would love this opportunity to meet community members and participate in such a memorable event.

  38. Geoffrey Miller March 28, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    Just moved here! this would be such a cool way to get involved with the community and enjoy fantastic food!

  39. Kristen F March 28, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    I have always wanted to do this – I too work in nonprofit that aims to break down societal barriers for people struggling in Portland. This would be a really amazing experience.

  40. M. David Lugo March 28, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    Sadly, my father lost his vision due to macular degeneration. I think it would be powerful for me to experience the courage he showed dealing with his loss of vision.

  41. Rhawnie miller March 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Oh my goodness. This would be such an incredible enlightening expierence! I would love to take my mom with me to this!

  42. Zack Gallinger-Long March 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    I’d like to take my mother to this event, I’m always looking for new and interesting events to take her to.

  43. Claire March 28, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    My bf is an occupational therapist, and I work as an interior designer for public spaces, so we could both use a little more awareness about the challenges of blindness. This would be a fantastic experience for us!

  44. Colleen March 28, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    My husband proposed to me in a dining in the dark restaurant and April is our anniversary month – I would love to go again.

  45. Madeline March 28, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    Sounds like a really interesting experience.

  46. Anna S. March 28, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    My father is blind, and participating in experiences like this helps me to be more empathetic, understanding, and patient with him. I would be very grateful for an opportunity to attend!

  47. Tricia March 28, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

    I suffer from social anxiety when meeting new people. I would be interested to see if that would be alleviated in this environment. Somehow it feels like it would put everyone on a more even playing field.

  48. Laura March 28, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    Sounds like a very interesting experience – it is also great that the food is veggie based!

  49. Jamie March 29, 2017 at 11:11 am #

    I’ve always wanted to experience this. I would like to take my mom.

  50. Cassidy Brettler March 29, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

    I think this would be SO cool. I am definitely guilty of being attached to my phone/camera/computer ALL the time, and unplugging for a bit, in the dark no less, would be very valuable! I would love to spend some good, quality time with my boyfriend, eating delicious food!

  51. Kristi k March 29, 2017 at 7:43 pm #

    Sounds like an amazing event!

  52. david March 29, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

    this sounds simply beautiful and amazing. yes, please!

  53. Kat March 29, 2017 at 10:20 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to go to this.

  54. LAURA MCNAMARA March 30, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    This looks like a wonderful and educational event. I’d love to go.

  55. Jared W March 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

    great cause and vegan food, I’m in

  56. maleficent March 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    i would love to give this to my friend for her 30th birthday

  57. Dayne Vialpando March 30, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    I think this would be a fantastic experience! Many people judge both people and food based on their looks. They typically avoid the ones they don’t find very physically “appealing”. But you’ll never actually know what/who they are, if you avoid them. Having a “blind date” would be the best way to connect with someone you can’t even see. The experience will be more “intimate” and authentic. Same with the food. You go to taste it, and think “Oh my god… this is fanTASTIC!! What IS it?” Then you are told that it has avocados. But you HATE avocados, remember? Oh wait… it’s just the thought of it that turns you off.

  58. Erica March 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    This sounds like an amazing experience! Thank you for offering a chance to win tickets for us less endowed in the financial department.

  59. jim March 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm #

    Putting faith in blind luck for tickets

  60. Kimberly March 30, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

    This looks like an amazing event. I would love to attend and show my support for those who suffer from blindness. I would love to experience such fine dining with all my other senses except sight. Mmmmm! YES please!

  61. Randy George March 31, 2017 at 6:40 am #

    How fun would love to attend! Help me I’m poor.

  62. Gene March 31, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    Wow this sounds incredible. I’d love to go!

  63. Wendy March 31, 2017 at 10:52 am #


  64. Jasmine Pettet March 31, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    Portland has such cool things to do.

  65. delia April 3, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    This is a great opportunity.

  66. Greg April 6, 2017 at 5:47 pm #

    Me and my wife are brand new parents and this would be our first date since being out of a month long stay at Randall Children’s. Our child is almost 6 weeks old and doing better each day.

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