Thinking of going out to eat this week? If so, make it Thursday – if you live in a city that’s participating, there’s a great chance you’ll be supporting a great cause while you’re out. On April 28, over 50 cities throughout the United States and Canada are participating inDining Out for Life, a fundraising event for HIV and AIDS research and outreach.
Dining Out For Life has grown steadily over the years, attracting some of the best restaurants across the country to the cause. In Los Angeles, top spots like Taste, Off Vine, and Mr. Chow are on board to support Project Angel Food, a program that delivers nutritious free meals to people living with cancer, HIV and AIDS, and other life threatening illnesses in Los Angeles County. Further south, in addition to the participation of award-winning restaurants like Ortega’s, Urban Solace, and Inn at the Park, San Diego’s food truck community has also organized a meet-up to support local LGBT community center The Center.
Atlanta is one of a few cities participating a day early, so get out there today to support Project Open hand and dine at acclaimed restaurants like Top Chef finalist Kevin Gillespie’s Woodfire Grill. Areas like California’s Sonoma County, on the other hand, are waiting longer -- but diners craving a good cause in the winter can support Dining Out For Life and the Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank on December 1 at establishments like John Ash & Co. or Russian River Brewing Company and Vineyards.
The requirement for all restaurants participating in Dining Out For Life is that they donate 25 percent of the night’s earnings to their city’s chosen HIV and AIDS research or outreach facility, but some restaurants are even going above and beyond the call of duty. In San Diego, Top Chef Season 5’s Chef Richard Sweeney broke new ground by announcing that hisR Gang Eaterywill be donating 100 percent of all sales on April 28 to The Center’s HIV and AIDS services and prevention programs.
No matter where you go, chances are you’ll leave happy and your local outreach program will thank you. So see if your city is participating, then get out there and enjoy a delicious meal. Supporting a good cause has never tasted so good.