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Dinner in the Dark

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There’s a lot of fun stuff you can do in the dark. Tonight if you’re so inclined you can come together with a bunch of strangers and some of Melbourne’s best chefs for a dining experience with a difference – and it’s all for a good cause.

Dinner in the Dark is a one-night only event run by The Light Foundation to raise funds and awareness for sustainable lighting solutions. And that means more than choosing a long-life bulb next time you’re in Woolies.

Access to safe electricity remains a challenge for many communities in the developing world, who often resort to kerosene for cooking and heating. Respiratory illness caused by kerosene kills more people than AIDS/HIV and malaria combined.

The Light Foundation is a non­profit that raises funds to develop solar research and technology for schools, medical clinics and homes across Sub-­Saharan Africa.

Tonight at Raw Materials in Footscray local chefs Jason Jones (Mamasite and B’Stilla), Jesse Gerner (Anada and Bomba), Aaron Turns (Loam) and pastry chef Pierre Roelofs will each prepare one dish in a multi-sensory dining experience. Matching wines have been donated by the Glaetzer-­Dixon Vineyards from Tasmania.

“The Dinner in the Dark is a chance to start a conversation in a setting that is universally shared. Communicating over meals crosses cultures and this gives us the chance to say ­ light is not a luxury. It is necessary to improve the quality of life in the developing world and help people climb out of poverty” says The Light Foundation Director Kelly Kayne.

Dinner is the Dark is happening Tuesday 12 November from 7pm at Raw Materials Studio
Tickets $120 and can be purchased at

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