The Blind Date

February 14th, 2019


At Romeo Chocolates, Long Beach, CA

Design by Lillian Hu

Design by Lillian Hu

A Japanese soba chef said that he closes his eyes when he makes noodles because eyes can only see in one dimension. However, it’s our eyes that often dictate what goes on our plates. The first impression can easily secure a bite, or have us seeking something that is perhaps more familiar. Thus, the saying “eating with your eyes.” What if I take away your sight so that we can heighten your other senses? Awaken the love for flavors and textures of food through your mind’s eye? I pitched it to Romeo from Romeo Chocolates because I felt that he also appreciates diversity and variety, which is enticingly presented on his menu of worldly sourced chocolates with local influence. We worked together to curate a menu that pays homage to different cultures, providing doorways to experiencing feelings that are best brought on by memories of food.

I want to thank Maria and Ramalee, community members in Long Beach, for sharing with me this idea to work on. What a fun adventure it’s been curating this unique event with poetry by Melissa Lussier and guided imagery by Kelsey Dougherty. Now, let’s all go on a blind date!

** This event will have very limited seating in order to ensure the highest quality. You can RSVP through our website by navigating to Contact. RSVP open on Jan 16th, 2019.



Vietnamese Young Jackfruit and Banana Blossom Salad on Puffed Rice Cracker


Turkish Stuffed Mussels with Pine Nuts and Aromatic Rice


Burmese Shrimp Toast with Fried Delicata Squash, Fermented Green Tea Aioli, and Microgreens


Afghan Mantu Dumplings filled with Lamb, topped with Split Pea Tomato Sauce and Spicy Zhoug


Moroccan Chermoula grilled Eggplant with Bulgur and Kefir


Italian Gnocchi  with Sweet Peppers and Veal Meatballs


Filipino Suman with Mango & Pandan, Sticky Rice, Coconut Creme Drizzle


Long-Stemmed Strawberry dipped in Belgian 54% Dark Chocolate (2)


Ecuadorian Dark Chocolate Macaron with White Chocolate Mendiant, Cocoa Nibs, Raspberries & Puffed Rice  



 Select a truffle from our case


$35/pp Optional Wine Pairing