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Lights Out

Lights Out is a dining in the dark experience designed to elevate your sense of taste, smell, touch and hearing. Shutting off one sense allows the other four to become heightened and allow you to experience an evening of food and drink in whole new way. ing sight heightens your senses of smell and taste.  Lights Out will be a memorable evening that you will not want to miss!

This one of a kind event is a benefit for a local nonprofit, Ensight Skills Center. Our goal is to bring awareness to Ensight’s worthy cause, and donate a portion of ticket sales and 100% of silent auction sales. 

A newly developed series by Hive Theory, Lights Out is part of a series of sensory-focused fundraising events by NonSense, in collaboration with Cultivate Consulting. The purpose of NonSense is to open your mind to a new way of thinking and feeling that boosts brain power, creativity and will elevate your other senses in ways you never thoughts possible. 

What to Expect:

Welcome to Locality Kitchen & Bar! You will be warmly greeted with a glass of sparkling wine. Take a moment and puruse the generous silent auction donations and place a bid.  Head towards the photo booth to have a professional photo taken, with and without your blindfold, provided by Edge Optics.  

Its 6:20pm and we are ready to begin seating your party. Put on your mask and a personal blind guide will take you to your table. Once seated, sip and savor a gourmet meal in a truly unique fashion.

Chef Matt Smith has personally designed four delicious courses that will heighten your taste buds and open your mind to new flavors, sounds, and smells. Each course will be expertly paired with a glass of wine graciously donated by Chateau St. Michelle. Local wine sommelier Hilary Siebels of Breakthru Beverage will give short guided tips for savoring each glass and elevating your wine knowledge.

We will not give away all the mysteries of this evening in the dark....but you need to take a chance and try this incredible event! 

The VIP experience hosted in its own room includes a fifth tasting course presented by Chef Matt Smith with additional sensory experiences and a small gift.  VIP tables are also available to ensure large parties are able to sit together.

More about Ensight Skills Center:

Can you imagine losing the ability to see? Our eyesight is such a precious sense. Ensight Skills Center provides professional low-vision services to enhance the lives of Northern Colorado residents who are struggling with vision loss. They may be losing their eyesight gradually, or have sudden vision loss. Ensight guides their patients through rehabilitation and uses a comprehensive, medical-model approach to ensure the best results. Their mission is to "provide individuals with low vision the opportunity to enhance their life skills, independence, and self confidence in a safe environment through training and adaptive technology.

FAQ

What if I am purchasing a ticket individually, but want to be seated with certain people?  Due to the physical constraints of the restaurant (ie: tables and banquettes bolted to the floor), we cannot guarantee that groups will be seated together unless you are purchasing a VIP table.  Upon arrival you will be asked how many are in your party and we will do our best to accommodate seating your party together or near each other.  You must all be present to be seated together.

What if I am allergic to certain foods? We have a gluten-friendly and vegetarian ticket option. Unfortunately, we cannont release the details of the menu prior to the event; tasting unknown foods and how they compliment each other is part of the experience. If you have a shellfish or nut allegery, this may not be the event for you.
What if I am running late?  We ask that you do everything you can to be on time.  Seating begins at 6:20pm and the doors close at 6:40pm with the start of dinner.  If you are running late, please call the restaurant and inform the host.  
Am I blindfolded the entire evening? You will be blindfolded for approximately two hours during dinner.  The eye masks are very comfortable.  We will have a group "unveiling" at the end of the evening with time for you to adjust to having sight again.
What if I need to go to the bathroom? You will be escorted to and from the dining room blindfloded by an escort. You can remove your blindfold to use the facilities. 
What if I win a silent auciton item?  All bids are final and we ask you to pay for your item with cash, check or card at the end of the evening.  100% of silent auctions proceeds are given to Ensight.
What is the dress attire for the evening? We recommend dressing up for this special event and are suggesting you wear black.
What are the sensory components of the evening? To heighten your other senses we are including scents and sounds as well as carefully crafted cuisine and wine.  We ask that you be mindful of the others taking in the experience around you and keep talking to minimum or a low volume.
What if I don't like wine or want to purchase additional beverages?  Locality has a full bar and you are welcome to purchase drinks in addition to the wine served for the evening.  A bill will be brought to you at the end of the evening by your server.


Headshots for a Cause:

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Is it time to update your professional photo? No more selfies or 90's style pics on LinkedIn or on your business cards. Hive Theory is here to help you look professional and modern, and donate to a good cause. We are all about collaborating as a community. 

We are offering a FUN, entertaining, networking event that supports the local organization Mountain Crest Behavioral Center. Come whether you need a new photo, or you just want to have some drinks, enjoy some art, and network! :) 

-$45 for TWO AMAZING Professional Photos taken by Shaye Fitzgerald from PhoCo or Clancey Woodlee with Clancey James Creative. One photo will be outdoors in the Oval, and the other will be indoors with a clean backdrop. 
-Part of proceeds benefit Mountain Crest. 
-FREE MUSIC and LIVE ART! 
-Free alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and hors d'oeuvres
-$2 Raffle Tickets sold with awesome giveaways!

TIcket link here: https://hive-theory.ticketleap.com/headshots-for-a-cause/


Sweet Self-Defense: 

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Hey ladies! It's time to refresh your self-defense moves and have some fun! We're collaborating with Total Ryu Martial Arts to provide a kick-a$$ class! It's all to benefit Crossroads Safehouse! We want you to be aware, feel inspired, and get connected to local ladies and a good cause. We'll have experts leading the self-defense tactics workshop, a short female speaker on the topic, $2 raffle tickets for awesome prizes, and then wine and desserts for mingling after all the action. 

Help us raise $$ for an amazing organization that provides support to women and kids that are victims of domestic violence. 
Empower yourselves to feel strong and aware in any situation.


 

Eat+Drink's October pairing was a very unique one: The Coloradoan, Edge Optics, Maxline Liquor, and Suh Sushi gave a taste of how to pair whiskey with sushi (trust us, it was awesome) We truly enjoyed the people at this event, and having such a fun theme!

For the next couple of months Edge will be involved in several events to help out with the community. Here's a list, so you can join us! Stop by our booth or event, and we'll give you a free gift! :) 

  • Open Streets, September 18th
  • BBBrew, September 24th
  • City Health Fair, October 5th
  • Coloradoan Food Truck Rally, October 6th
  • Coloradoan Eat+Drink Food Pairing hosted at Edge, October 11th
  • Zombie Crawl, October 22nd
  • Fort Collins Brewery 5K Benefiting Foco Cafe, October 29th

 

Happy Hour Party

Dr. Bryant and native Colorado artist Taylor Gallegos have collaborated on some rad, one-of-a-kind shades! So, we're having a PARTY to show them off!! The sunglasses feature Taylor's artwork on the temples and quality, polarized lenses. They are vibrant, American-made, and fabulous. Come join us for a Happy Hour Party with hors d'oeuvres, drinks, live painting by Taylor, and live music. It will be an awesome evening featuring an incredible artist. Mark your calendars! 
#tayloredart #edgeoptics #livelifewithEdge 

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Open Streets, the Taste of Fort Collins

Edge Optics has many fun SUMMER events to support the community!! Follow our latest events and happenings on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/EdgeOpticsFC/ 

We had a great time at Open Streets, the Taste of Fort Collins, and Bike to Work Day! We will be at several other events coming up soon! :) 

If you have a community fundraising event that needs a Raffle Donation or a Sponsor---please let us know! We love to get involved. We can always put together an eye care package---with a pair of sunglasses, eye exams, and other optical goodies. We are willing to donate to a good cause. #livelifewithEdge

 

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Edge Optics is sponsoring an empowering Women's Happy Hour Event on Friday, February 19th from 5:30-7:30 pm to show some love for the women of NoCo.

This event will showcase a beautiful photography project "Just as We Are" by Loveland photographer Kimberly Annamarie Hardouin. This project shows the beauty of motherhood and the beauty of the female body after giving birth. It's about loving your body in its every stage.

We will also discuss topics related to body image, healthy living, and positive thinking.

We will provide wine, chocolates, and fruit and have an awesome raffle with several donations from local businesses that are tailored just for YOU. The $2 raffle donations will go toward the Junior League Women’s Career Closet. These women are in need of professional clothing and the career closet is a great organization that helps local ladies secure jobs and achieve a positive self image.

Please invite your best lady friends and spread some cheer!
PLEASE RSVP HERE ON THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/905011539566926/

 

SUPPORT OUR SOCK AND UNDERWEAR DRIVE!!!!!

Did you know homeless people need socks and underwear the most?? It's a real concern for health and surviving the winter. We decided to create an underwear tree to get some attention for this topic and raise donations for "Homeless Gear!" Add a couple bucks to your purchase, or stop by to make a difference. #livelifewithEdge

 

Sproutin' Up Harvest Run at Jessup Farm Artisan Village

Edge Optics donated a snack station to the Sproutin' Up Harvest Run at Jessup Farm Artisan Village today. We had a blast! What an incredible community we have here. Every single person that came by the table was kind, interesting, grateful, and polite. Even the kids! I am just blown away with our town more and more all the time. Thank you for having me! Our local business will always give back as much as we can. Sproutin' Up is an awesome cause that teaches kids how to eat fresh, local food! Check them out here: http://www.sproutinup.org/

Awesome event "Headshots for a Cause!"

Raised over $500 for Mountain Crest Behavioral Center and raised awareness for Mental Health! Edge Optics truly wants to help people here in our community.

 

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