Baking In The Dark
Now accepting group bookings of 8 pax – only 6 sessions available!
- First of its kind in the world, one hour guided experience of baking cookies without any sight or vision
- Immerse yourself in our bakers’ shoes of being blind or low-vision
- Great for couples, family or corporate team-building
- Held in Aotearoa’s national stadium, Eden Park!
Introductory rate until the end of November – $392 for 8 pax ($49 per person)
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We’ve been piloting a few sessions and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. This is our new baking innovation that we’re introducing to New Zealand and the world to help breakdown social stigma and let us our bakers show you how our cookies are changing their lives.
The Story Behind Baking In The Dark
This new concept is inspired by our first blind baker – Parveen Shankar.
Co-founder Eric first heard about Dans le Noir? (Dining In The Dark?) through the 2018 Attitude Awards, where they were named as a finalist for the ACC Employer Award category. So Eric decided to organise a group booking for Dans le Noir? Auckland to celebrate his friend’s birthday in December 2018. Parveen was assigned as their host and they instantly established a strong friendship and they smashed the longest dining time, clocking in at 3.5 hours!
When Parveen shared that his dream job is to be a blind baker, Eric decided to invite him to the kitchen to have a go.
Within an hour of checking us out at our previous kitchen at Eat My Lunch, he was able to establish the surroundings and work out his pathways and boundaries.
Words like “I can’t”, “too hard” or “impossible” do not exist in Parveen’s vocabulary. His can-do attitude and burning passion to learn everything landed him a job with us as our first blind baker.
The news team at NZ Herald heard about this and even came to our kitchen to cover a story about Parveen and his sensory disability of losing 100% of his sight in a car accident.
Parveen continued to step up over the following months and even started to train other blind or low vision bakers.
With Parveen’s record of people leadership, team management, and easy-going personality, co-founders Eric and Graeme believe Parveen has what it takes to help co-develop a new kind of brand experience that helps others to live in his world, learn more about the blind and low vision community, and provide a truly unique entertainment and education experience.
What was Parveen’s response when we suggested the idea of Baking In The Dark?
Parveen answered with zero hesitation: “Sure. No problem. I’ll give it my best shot.”
That’s how Baking In The Dark was born. We are now ready to release early bird tickets.
Questions? Just pop them in the inquiry form or email us [email protected]
Ingredients: You will be provided with cookie dough made from butter, almond, cornflour, wheat flour, and icing sugar. You will also be provided with a range of toppings that may vary from time to time. They typically include various types of chocolate, nuts, and berries.
We only use quality and ethical ingredients from local Kiwi brands. We are proud to bake with butter from Lewis Road Creamery, dark chocolate that is fairly traded and organic from Trade Aid, peanut butter from Pic’s Peanut Butter, and flour from Champion.
Please advise us in the booking if you have any allergen requirements.
Social ROI: Your booking helps to create additional employment opportunities and up-skill our blind and low vision bakers on top of their regular baking duties. Each group session (8 pax) generates at least 6 hours of employment for Kiwis with disabilities.
Location, timings, and other considerations:
- Please note that this only available in Auckland at our new home, Eden Park.
- Once tickets have been purchased, we’ll be in touch to organise specific dates (from November onwards). Available to be used on weekdays and weekends.
- Participants must be 16+.
Each session is scheduled for an hour.
The one hour session is based on the following schedule:
- 10 mins: Welcome and briefing
- 10 mins: Gear up and prepare
- 25 mins: Play, learn and bake
- 15 mins: Blind tasting and debrief
We will provide the following:
- A bakers set including a clean apron, disposable hair net and disposable gloves for each person.
- A piece of eyewear to cover your vision which also works with anyone wearing spectacles. The kitchen will be in total darkness.
- Ready-made cookie dough and baking ingredients enough for a tray of cookies (approx. 20-30 pieces)
- A choice of coffee or tea for each person during blind tasting.
- Freshly baked cookies for you to take home to enjoy.
What you’ll experience and learn during Baking In The Dark:
- You become disabled: You will have zero or limited sight depending on your level of comfort
- And hence more appreciative: You will thank your beautiful eyes and have a new level of understanding and respect for the blind and low vision community.
- You lose sensory functions: Your sense of taste will be significantly distorted, and you’ll learn to gear up and prepare yourself before baking with zero or limited sight.
- You’ll learn simple disability etiquette when you see a blind or low-vision person next time.
- You’ll pick up some cool life hacks as a blind or low vision person.
- You will be guided by Parveen and his sighted assistant the entire time.
What you’ll need to bring:
- Wear something comfortable.
- Long pants to cover your legs. That means no shorts or skirts.
- Shoes to cover your feet. That means no sleepers and jandals.
- Hair tie/s if you have long hair.
- An open mind and a compassionate heart.
Note: When you put on the eyewear to simulate blind or low vision, some may feel slightly out of balance or unsteadiness, hence you may experience the feeling like you might fall. This is a common feeling as you adjust yourself. If you feel dizzy and experience headache, we will advise you to take a seat, re-compose yourself and give you the option of a full refund.
Questions? Just pop them in the enquiry form or email us [email protected]