Last fall, I wrote about the Portland Blind Cafe, billed as “mind-bending, heart-opening” dining event in pitch blackness. Designed to show the seeing public what it’s like to be blind and to rely on others, the event is coming back for a third time over the weekend of June 2, 3, and 4 at the Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont.

There are a couple things that are intriguing about Portland Blind Cafe 3. One, the idea is not just to raise awareness for the blind, but also to create an experience that brings people together through food and music in total darkness. Second, from a coffee perspective, it’s fascinating that one of the main folks behind the Blind Cafe concept is a blind coffee roaster from Boulder, Colorado, and his Unseen Beans Coffee plays a prominent role in the evening meal. According to the cafe’s website, roaster Gerry Leary travels around the world sharing his personal experience and leading a discussion in the dark with the audience at the events.

To find out more about Portland Blind Cafe 3, purchase tickets or hear first-hand accounts of what it’s like to dine in the dark, visit: