All 80 guests experienced “A Blind Taste”benefiting WRBH Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped by wearing blindfolds and aprons throughout a five-course dinner curated by chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery to experience some of the daily challenges of people with vision loss. Peoples Health was the presenting sponsor.
The evening opened with a champagne Patron Party for all sponsors who participated at the $1,000 level or higher. During the Patron Party, acclaimed blind accordionist Norbert Slama and jazz guitarist Carl Keith provided the musical accompaniment.
The dinner opened with a speech by Rector Emeritus Hill Riddle of Trinity Episcopal Church, who has lost his sight in recent years to glaucoma. Wine pairings with each dinner course were provided by Purveyor of Fine Wines. Rachel Stickney of Pralines by Jean sent guests home with gift bags filled with homemade macaroons.
Throughout the dinner a live auction was emceed by WRBH Board Members Co-Chairs Angela Hill of WWL Radio and Charles Smith, an attorney at McGlinchey Stafford. Key items included a Saints-themed package with suite tickets and treats, a Southwest Airlines ticket and travel package, a Blue Dog print of George Rodrigue’s “The Three Amigos,” a romantic staycation and a pig roast for 25. More than $30,000 was raised from the event.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “A Blind Taste,” benefiting WRBH Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped
When: Tuesday, November 4
Where: 4238 Magazine St.