• Dinner in the Dark

    Events & Entertainment • By Jacqueline Dizon • 10/08/2017 • 0 comments

     

    My mom, sister, and I attended Eye Society's Dinner In The dark Event at SM Aura Premier’s Samsung Hall. It is a fundraising dinner that benefits the Department of Health’s “Sight Saving Month”.

      

    The main attraction of the evening was a four-course meal prepared by the Asia’s best female chef for 2016, Margarita Fores. The evening started with a pass-around of hors d’ oeuvres of cherry tomato cups of salted egg spuma and parma ham and potato crisps with chive mousse, salmon roe and lumpfish caviar, which was served by Cibo di Marghi Signature Caterer and an overflow of champagne by Moët and Chandon’s Brut Imperial champagne -- and my choice of drink, being a non-alcoholic, gumamela hibiscus tea.

     

     

    BLINDFOLD

     The pre-dinner set-up, blindfold included. 

     

    We entered the dimly lighted hall with three beautifully decorated long tables by Fiori D M. Guests were invited to watch the video presentation about the importance of sight. We were also wonderfully surprised when the choir of the School of the Blind performed a medley for us. Eye Society president George Mirani provided the opening remarks and introduced Chef Margarita Fores, who also gave a beautiful speech. Chef Fores share her story about finding out her father had given the Eye Bank Foundation its seed money and helped create the roots of the foundation. Eye Society AVP Neelam Gopwani also spoke and more information on the importance of eye health, as well as introducing Tokai’s Lutina lenses. 

     

    We were then instructed to put on blindfolds, but we had a “Darkness Expert” who guided us through our dinner using only their voices.

     

    The first course served was antipasto of Parmesan Pannacotta with organic tomatoes, sweet basil and black olives. During my first meal, I quickly realized that there was no eating any of these meals with poise as I ended up putting large chunks of my food into my mouth without notice. I couldn’t find a reason to complain, though, as the experience was quite exciting and the food was to-die-for (if I could I would have even asked for third servings!)The first course was paired with Moet & Chandon’s Brut Imperial with notes of green apple, white flower, brioche and nuts.

     

    The next course was "Gifts from the Seas" featuring pan-seared Philippine sea bass, water spinach, seaweed, capiz scallops, negros blue crab, bottarga and truffle, also paired with Moet & Chandon’s Brut Imperial.

     

    The main course which was my ultimate favorite was titled, Of the Earth. It featured braised and smoked US short ribs with dark chocolate, porcini, adlai, and heirloom carrot atchara. This was paired with Moet & Chandon’s Rose Imperial with notes of lively and intense red berries, floralnuances and a hint of black pepper.

     

    The last course being the dessert was Corn Espuma. It featured coconut three ways, Guimaras mango and Philippine rum.

     

     

    NEELAM GOPWANI AVP FOR MARKETING OF EYE SOCIETY2

    Neelam Gopwani, Assistant Vice-President, Eye Society

     

     

    DRA3. MINGUITA PADILLA AND DR. LEO CUBILLAN OF THE EYE BANK FOUNDATION

    Dra. Minguita Padilla and Dr. Leo Cubillan of Eye Bank Foundation

     

    All the meals were described together with a photo of what our dish looked like on the screen by Chef Margarita Fores herself. And let me tell you, all the meals looked as good as it tasted if not better! This experience really made me value all my senses more, as well as praise and appreciate those who are living their daily lives without one of their functioning senses.
     
    Two Optical frames from Bvlgari’s Le Gemme collection were then auctioned off for P15,000 and P110,000 each, respectively. The proceeds of the auction will benefit Eye Bank Foundation Philippines. Closing remarks were then given by Dr Leo Cubillan of St. Lukes Medical Center Depratment of Ophthalmology and Neelam Gopwani who thanked everyone for attending what I think was a successful event.

      

    We can fight blindness by following these three basic eye care steps: detection, prevention, and solution. Interested parties who want to attend the another Dinner in the Dark may get two tickets by purchasing a P10,000 minimum in a single receipt transaction at any Eye Society boutique nationwide from August 1 to September 30, 2017. 

     

     

     

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