The Harkin Institute partnered with Winefest Des Moines to host another Dining in the Dark experience on Thursday, November 16, 2023.

Dining in the Dark featured a delectable three course dinner with wine pairings. During one of the three courses, participants wore blindfolds to enhance their senses other than sight to explore food and wine. Participants were able to gain firsthand experience of the impact universal design brings in addressing the challenges faced by people with disabilities in the workforce and daily life. The three-course meal was expertly crafted by Purveyor Catering, complemented by an exceptional selection of wines curated by sommelier Abbe Davidson.

The evening went beyond the typical dining experience, offering a meaningful platform for cultivating inclusivity, understanding and a deep appreciation for invaluable contributes of individuals with disabilities to our society.

This event was made possible by our generous donors: The Weinhardt Law Firm, Kemin, and Willis Automotive.