Dinner in the Dark is back at Urban Farmer, and with it comes great food, great chefs and a little bit of mystery.
As is tradition for this popular Cleveland dining event, the six participating chefs and their dishes are not revealed until guests arrive that evening. But history shows it promises to be a great lineup, and it always benefits a local charity selected by the participating chefs.
It is the third time we’ve hosted Dinner in the Dark and we’re excited to welcome the event back on Monday, Aug. 12. To get ready for the evening, we checked in with “Dinner in the Dark” co-creators Jeff Jarrett and Brian Okin:
Q. Dinner in the Dark has earned quite the following in Cleveland. What do you think is the appeal? What do guests tell you they like about it?
A: I think what guests enjoy the most is that it supports a local charity and gives them the opportunity to basically eat in six different restaurants the same night and sample those chefs’ fare.
Q. What do chefs tell you they like about it?
A. They like that it gives them an opportunity to showcase themselves and their restaurant while also getting to network with other chefs.
Q. What’s your goal each time presenting a Dinner in the Dark?
A. First and foremost, it is to raise money for a local charity. Second is to showcase the host restaurant. They have opened their doors to us. We want to be able to get 70-80 people there who will hopefully return and be a patron.
Q. This is your third Dinner in the Dark at Urban Famer. What do you like about their venue/setting?
A. It is a great location with a beautiful and spacious dining room, plenty of space for the chefs to work and [Urban Farmer executive chef] Vishu and his staff are always organized and professional, for just an overall great experience for the guests.
Q. Can you share a lasting memory/story or two from a Dinner in the Dark?
A. Dinner in the Dark has had the opportunity to cook at the world-famous James Beard House [in New York City] twice, taking what we do to another much bigger market.
Q. If someone has never been to the Dinner, what’s your message to invite them there and try it?
A. Just take the leap! It is a fun-filled culinary event that benefits a worthy local charity. And where else can you eat food from six different chefs in one night?