Diners enlightened by the dark at RNC

Waiters for a night – RNC students Josh, Zizi and Kyle stand and pose at the end of the Dine in the Dark event. They’re all looking smart wearing black and white, the diners can be seen in the background

Last Friday we opened our doors to members of the public and invited them into the world of our students for a ‘Dine in the Dark’ event, being blindfolded and sat in darkness whilst eating a three course meal. 70 diners were served by RNC students, with the support of RNC staff at the charity event. Student Zizi said “It was a great experience; I’ve never done anything like this before so I jumped at the chance. It was so great that the diners really got into the spirit of the evening and I think it was a learning experience for them as well as the students.”   Photo of a darkened room, some people standing around and some people sitting at tables but it’s so dark you can’t really make out who is who

 

One diner observed “What a fantastic event, my whole table was raving about it. What an experience – pardon the pun but it really opened my eyes to what it’s like to be visually impaired. I definitely take my sight for granted, when I was sat in the dark with my blindfold on it seemed so noisy, time perception went out of the window and I realised how isolating it can be. You don’t know who is around you so it makes it really difficult to start conversations with people.”

 

Enquiries and Entries Officer at RNC and former student Tim Morton praised the students “In my job I see potential students for tours and assessments when a lot of them are timid and lack confidence. To see their journey into such professionals on the night left me bursting with pride. They are such great ambassadors for the College and did a fantastic job.”   RNC student Josh was the compere for the evening “Before I came to RNC I would never have thought I’d be able to stand up in front of a room full of people but I’ve gained so much confidence since being here. Being a waiter for the evening was another new experience for me, other than the small matter of dropping a fork I think I did pretty well and had a really good time in doing so!”

Photo taken in the kitchen, Chef Christine Howells is standing on the right hand side with her chef whites, hat and apron on. RNC Principal Sheila Tallon is standing on the left hand side, she has one arm around Christine and the other finger pointing at Christine, both look happy smiling

RNC Principal Sheila Tallon points to the star of the evening, Chef Christine Howells

 

After the meal, diners were informed of what they had eaten that evening; a starter of beetroot dumplings, venison main with carrots and potatoes then lemon panna cotta and fresh fruit to finish. Principal Sheila Tallon thanked Chef Christine Howells for putting together such a wonderful menu, which was kept top secret until staff and students arrived on the night to serve the meals.

 

Spanish teacher Lisa Roberts explained that the proceeds from the ticket sales and charity auction would go towards a cultural exchange trip to Spain later on this year. “In previous years we have taken groups of students to France and Germany, most of whom had never been abroad before. Many students come back from these residential trips abroad saying that it’s been the best experience of their life. I thank all of you tonight as your support and donations will go towards creating new learning and cultural experiences for students.”

 

Nicola Smith, Director of Learning at RNC, organised the evening and thanked everyone for their participation in such a successful event. “I really could not have asked for more, I was delighted to have so many students wanting to help out with hospitality during the evening. There were so members of staff who gave up their time on a Friday night to support the students. It was a real team effort and I am so proud to be part of such a wonderful place where the students really are at the centre of everything we do.”

 

Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC

 

The menu

Below are pictures of the delicious meal served at Dine in the Dark. Chef Christine Howells works at Gardner Hall, Venns Lane, Hereford –   so if you’re looking for an events venue with delicious food in Hereford, visit www.gardnerhall.co.uk/

This is a picture of the starter, little beetroot dumplings with sour cream and horseradish sauce. Delicious!

This is a picture of the starter, little beetroot dumplings with sour cream and horseradish sauce. Delicious!

Photo shows plate of the main course - pan- seared haunch of venison steak with a red wine, cranberry and orange sauce with fondant potato, glazed chanteny carrots and braised red cabbage.

The main course was pan- seared haunch of venison steak with a red wine, cranberry and orange sauce with fondant potato, glazed chanteny carrots and braised red cabbage

Photo shows the desserts of lemon Panna cotta with fresh berries, served in tea cups

Dessert was a lemon Panna cotta with fresh berries, served in a tea cup.

 

 
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