Leslie Gilbert Elman http://www.eatingwell.com/taxonomy/term/1050/all en Will Dining in the Dark Help You Eat Less? http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_reports_information/will_dining_in_the_dark_help_you_ea <p>A fine meal provides a total sensory experience. Now imagine taking your sense of sight out of the equation. You’d have “dark dining,” a concept that caught hold in Europe in the late 1990s and now is starting to become a trend stateside. Here’s how it works: Diners are served in complete darkness. Servers lead them to a table and in some restaurants recite the menu so people can order, while in other restaurants diners choose their meal in advance.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leslie Gilbert Elman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This new restaurant trend gives diners a thought-provoking way to savor food. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-standard"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_standard" width="225" height="225" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/5427dark_dining225.jpg?1250780014" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> November/December 2008 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Recipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_diet_recipes">Healthy Diet Recipes, Menus and Tips</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/quick_healthy_low_calorie_recipes_menus">Quick and Healthy Low-Calorie Recipes and Menus</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_low_calorie_chicken_recipes">Healthy Low-Calorie Chicken Recipes</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_low_calorie_dessert_recipes">Healthy Low-Calorie Dessert Recipes</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_meal_plans/weight_loss_diet_meal_plan">Weight-Loss Diet Meal Plan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A fine meal provides a total sensory experience. Now imagine taking your sense of sight out of the equation. You’d have “dark dining,” a concept that caught hold in Europe in the late 1990s and now is starting to become a trend stateside. Here’s how it works: Diners are served in complete darkness. Servers lead them to a table and in some restaurants recite the menu so people can order, while in other restaurants diners choose their meal in advance. “Your eyes dictate what you’re supposed to taste, [but in dark dining] you have to rely on the taste, texture and shape of the food,” explains Benjamin Uphues, founder of three dark-dining restaurants, called Opaque, in California. (At Uphues’s restaurants, the waitstaff is blind or visually impaired.)</p> <p>Yet at about $100 per person, it’s not an inexpensive night out, which left us wondering, for that price, could dark dining offer more benefits than meet the eye? We asked Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., obesity expert and author of The EatingWell Diet, to weigh in. “We’re visually cued to finish what’s on our plates; but there is evidence that beyond the first five mouthfuls of a dish you’re eating just to finish it,” explains Harvey-Berino. “So there is some reason to speculate that you might be more inclined to stop eating if you can’t see the food.”</p> <p>Bottom line: It may not curb your appetite, but dining in the dark truly is a thought-provoking way to savor food. </p> <p>By Leslie Gilbert Elman</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/weight_loss_diet_plans/diet_reports_information/will_dining_in_the_dark_help_you_ea#comments Leslie Gilbert Elman November/December 2008 Weight Loss/Diet Diet, Nutrition & Health - Weight Loss & Diet Plans Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:55:02 +0000 Nifer 9874 at http://www.eatingwell.com