It will be November 25 at the Rowling club. This event, organized by the Center for Transcription and Publishing in Braille, is open to the visually impaired as well as the sighted.
Placing sighted and visually impaired people on an equal footing, for the time of a convivial meal, is what the Center for Transcription and Publishing in Braille (CTEB) is offering on November 25 at the Rowling Club restaurant, In Toulouse.
Indeed, during this evening, the guests, whose eyes will be masked, will have to discover not only the contents of their glass but also of their plate, the two going together. “Originally, it was a blind wine tasting. As we are going to offer several bottles, we thought it would be good to also accompany them with food”, announces Adeline Coursant, the director of the CTEB.
Through this event, which is aimed at both sighted and partially sighted people, the CTEB wishes to raise public awareness of visual impairment by giving them an experience of the daily life of the blind.
Moreover, blind people will play the role of tutor at the table and reassure people who will taste the experience of eating blindfolded for the first time.
The oenologist Cécile Debroas-Castaigns will lead the tastings of five wines. “I will choose bottles that will match the menu,” she says. This Toulousaine, who has been working in the wine sector for 30 years, is used to blind tastings, “even that does not mean that I am blindfolded. It’s more about tasting wines without seeing the label. This allows me not to be activated and to have my senses focused on the content of my glass”, specifies this enthusiast.
On the other hand, for the evening of November 25, the guests will be plunged into darkness with blindfolded eyes “in order to reproduce the sensation experienced by the blind”.
“Drunken by the noise”
If through these blind tastings, the CTEB forces the play on words, it is to better achieve awareness of the daily reality of blind people. “Being deprived of sight, we hear much better so that at the end of the meal, we are more drunk by the noise than by the wine tasted”, laughs Adeline Coursant. To ensure the smooth running of the event, the CTEB is looking for about fifteen people for the service. “In exchange, we will give them a tour of our printing plant,” promises the director. The evening is free, but a call for donations will be open to make reading accessible to the visually impaired. Nearly 180 places are available. Online registrations will be open next week on the CTEB’s Facebook page or on their website. One person can enroll three others.