Friends For Life will celebrate its 5th annual Dining Out For Life® in partnership with 39 of Memphis' finest restaurants on April 25.
Memphis is among 60 cities participating in this national effort, which raises more than $3 million annually for AIDS service organizations throughout the country and Canada. Food Network stars Ted Allen and Daisy Martinez, Project Runway All-Stars winner Mondo Guerra, and actress Pam Grier, are the national spokespeople for the event.
"I'm attracted to Dining Out for a few reasons. I like the group, and they do an enormous amount of good," sad Allen. "But the real reason is because the event is such a winner for everyone. The true heroes in the fight against HIV/AIDS are the activists and researchers, but we can't all do that."
Allen said with Dining Out For Life "all we have to do is exactly what we do any other night of the week: go to a restaurant when we're hungry. The price isn't any higher, and it even gives you an excuse for that extra glass of wine or saying, 'yes' to dessert. You just have to eat at a restaurant on a specific day, and all the money stays in your city."
Across the nation, thousands of restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from the one special day to benefit local HIV/AIDS agencies such as Friends For Life. All of the funds raised in the city remain in the Mid-South to provide food, housing, support services, education, and prevention services to thousands of people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Thirty-nine restaurants are participating throughout the metro area.
Chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman and General Manager Nick Talarico of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen are co-chairs of the 5th annual Dining Out For Life!
Fifty percent of dinner proceeds from Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and 25 percent of lunch and dinner proceeds from Hog & Hominy will be donated to Friends For Life. Other restaurants donating 50 percent include Imagine Vegan Café (lunch and dinner including beer sales), Rizzos Diner (dinner), and Stone Soup Café and Market (breakfast).
For a complete list of participating restaurants, eligible meals, and percent of sales to be donated, visit www.diningoutforlife.com/memphis.
This year's event is sponsored locally by Kroger, Sysco Memphis, Juan Fuentes and Robert Thompson, Robert Marcy, and Whitehorn, Tankersley & Davis, PLLC. The media sponsor is The New Tri-State Defender.
Friends For Life plans to raise more than $20,000 to support its programs and services. Visit www.friendsforlifecorp.org for a comprehensive resource of services, extensive information about HIV/AIDS, or to make a secure donation.