Inspired by an exhibition at the Zurich Museum of Design that aimed to offer sighted people an understanding of the experience of being blind, Jorge Spielmann, a blind pastor in Zurich, opened Blindekuh and launched the worldwide dining in the dark trend in 1999. Blindekuh ("blind cow") takes its name from the German word for the game blind man's bluff. Housed in a former Methodist chapel, Blindekuh opened its doors as a restaurant, bar, and platform for education and culture in the dark. The meal takes place entirely in the dark, with the waitstaff mostly composed of people who are blind or visually impaired. Menus rotate weekly to highlight fresh, seasonal produce. A second location opened in Basel in 2005.