BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 09 March '16

Dans le Noir? and Centrepoint arrange gastronomic dinner for the young and homeless

Today (Wednesday 9 March), Dans le Noir? – the celebrated dining in the dark restaurant staffed by blind people – and the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint will collaborate to host a gastronomic dinner.

Michelin-starred menu

The dinner will be held for 50 of Centrepoint’s vulnerable 16- to 25-year-olds to celebrate Dans le Noir?’s 10th anniversary and a decade of successful charitable ventures.

50 homeless young people will experience heightened flavours by enjoying a gastro dinner in the dark.

The menu at Dans le Noir? has evolved over the past 10 years and in November 2015, Michelin star chef Julien Machet was hired to consult and help John Houel, the London Head Chef, create the four eclectic menus. Chef Julien will be present to help with this spectacular dinner.

Challenging perceptions

Dans le Noir? and Centrepoint support those furthest from the job line to help them get into work. The two companies are joining forces to maximise awareness of the difficulties that blind and homeless young people face when trying to get into employment.

Mind-blowing gov.uk statistics suggest that 16% of working age adults are disabled. Recent statistics show that only 46.3% of disabled people are in employment, compared with 76.4% of non-disabled people. On top of that, disabled people are significantly more likely to experience unfair treatment in work.

‘50% of our staff have a high disability, yet we still operate an efficient and profitable company. We have an incredibly low staff turnover which shows the dedication of our long standing team.

‘We want to show big companies that those with disabilities shouldn’t be limited to performing only menial jobs. Our guides are incredibly skilled and challenge the perception that blind or visually impaired can serve in a restaurant. Who could have said that 10 years ago?’

Edouard de Broglie, founder of Dans le Noir?

Dans le Noir? is at 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU. Click here to find out more. For reservations, call 020 7253 1100.