PHOTOS: Wall to Wall Legends at Dining Out for Life Host Restaurant in Philadelphia

Last Thursday night, diners across the region headed out to their favorite restaurants for the 25th anniversary of Dining Out for Life (DOFL). ActionAIDS‘s annual event raises funds for local HIV charities by asking participating restaurants to donate 33 percent of that night’s ticket sales to the cause. As of publish date, ActionAIDS hadn’t had a chance to tally all the money raised this year, but a rep from the organization tells me that by all accounts, restaurants across the city were packed, and the event should be on track to meet or beat its yearly average of $250,000 for the region.

This year’s host restaurant was Frankford Hall in Fishtown, and, as my friend Tammy Faymous would say, the place was packed with wall-to-wall legends. There, local community leaders gathered to dine and schmooze with superstar DOFL spokespeople Mondo Guerra (Project Runway) and chef Daisy Martinez (Daisy Cooks!). Among the locals who showed up were Mayor Michael Nutter, outgoing Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) President Drew Becher, mayoral hopeful Jim Kenney and leaders of many of the city’s HIV/AIDS service organizations, like Christopher Bartlett (William Way Community Center) Ronda Goldfein (AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania) Robb Reichert (AIDS Fund) and Jane Shull (Philadelphia FIGHT). ActionAIDS sent some photographs from the restaurant. Check them out below:  



WATCH: NJ Woman Channels Flo Rida on Dining Out for Life Rap

A New Jersey woman is channeling Flo Rida in a new parody video in which she raps about why you should take part in tonight’s Dining Out for Life event.

Jade Gasper altered the words to Flo Rida’s “G.D.F.R (Goin’ Down For Real),” spitting rhymes like “Ordered just one app? You should have ordered five! / Get a few entrees but leave lots of room for pie.”

Check out the video above, and see her in person tonight a Villari’s Lakeside Restaurant & Bar in South Jersey, where she’ll be bopping from table to table asking for donations—and making sure you order dessert.

This year is the 25th anniversary of Dining Out for Life, the annual fundraiser where restaurants in the region donate 33 percent of every check to a variety of regional HIV/AIDS service organizations, including ActionAIDS, AIDS Delaware, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. See a full list of participating restaurants here.

PHOTOS: Community Leaders Remember AIDS Victims at Ceremony in LOVE Park

G Philly and I were honored to be included in an event hosted by ActionAIDS yesterday, where community leaders gathered to read aloud 5,000 names of local people (and a few celebrities like Rock Hudson and Liberace), who lost their lives to AIDS. Among those speaking were ActionAIDS Executive Director Kevin Burns, ACLU of PA Executive Director Reggie Shuford, William Way Executive Director Christopher Bartlett. and WXPN host DJ Robert Drake.

A group of about 30 spectators showed up to listen to the touching tribute, despite the fact that it fell on a day winter just so happened to return to Philly. (It was so cold!) We toughed it out though, and I feel comfortable speaking for everyone else when I say we’re damn glad we did. Check out photos from the event below:



The event took place exactly a week from ActionAIDS annual fundraiser Dining Out for Life. If you haven’t made your reservations yet, now’s the time. Check out the full list of restaurants here, and be sure to stop by the Gayborhood, along Locust between 13th and Broad streets, from 11 am to 2:30 pm on April 30th for the DOFL Food Truck roundup.

Dining Out for Life Food Truck Round Up Returns to the Gayborhood

Vernalicious will be among the food trucks parked at 13th and Locust for Dining Out for Life on April 24th.

Vernalicious will be among the food trucks parked at 13th and Locust for Dining Out for Life on April 30th.

For the second year in a row Dining Out for Life organizers will host a food truck round up in the Gayborhood, at 13th and Locust streets. The lunchtime event will take place from 11 am to 2:30 pm on April 30th, giving you an opportunity to dine out for life at lunch and dinner.

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Here Are the 200 Restaurants and Food Trucks Participating in Dining Out for Life 2015

Ben Franklin DOFLActionAIDS‘s 25th annual Dining Out for Life (DOFL) takes place in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley on April 30th, with nearly 200 restaurants and food trucks in the region taking part. If you’re new to the game, this is how it works: On that evening participating restaurants will donate 33 percent of every check to a variety of regional HIV/AIDS service organizations, including ActionAIDS, AIDS Delaware, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. DOFL is one of my favorite ways to donate, because it’s such an easy, fun, and delicious way to give to a worthy cause.

Like last year, DOFL will be closing off a block at a yet-to-be-announced location to host a lunchtime food festival of sorts with the participating food trucks. Stay tuned for more information on that.

You can find the complete list of local restaurants participating below, divided into neighborhood/region. Look for your favorite spot, and fire up OpenTable to make reservations. Tables fill up fast.

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Dining Out For Life Returns For Their 25th Year

dining out for lifeIf you’re looking for a good excuse to treat yourself to a nice dinner, make your reservations for Thursday, April 30th. Dining Out for Life is back once again for their 25 year anniversary.

On that night, over 200 restaurants and food trucks will donate 33 percent of their food sales to local HIV/AIDS service organizations. The event, which is sponsored by ActionAids, raises nearly a quarter of a million dollars each year. The funds support prevention, education, testing and counseling, along with other services across the region.

The long list of restaurants includes places like Amis, Bing Bing Dim Sum and Tria. Make your reservations early, because spots tend to fill up fast.

If you’re looking to grab a quick lunch while making a difference, check out Cow and the Curd, Foo Truck and Mac Mart, along with other food trucks around the city.

For a full list of all participants, check here.

Dining Out For Life [Official]

Today Is Dining Out for Life

dining out for lifeDining Out for Life, the fundraiser for HIV/AIDS related research that is easy as eating out has arrived. Dine out at a participating restaurant and that restaurant will donate 33% of all proceeds to AIDS related charities.

Even if you haven’t made reservations yet, you can make a difference over your lunch hour. Head to 13th and Locust for lunch and dine at one of the twelve-or-so food trucks that will be set up in the area. 

And if you’re looking to snare a last second table, check out these restaurants that still have reservations for tonight’s big night out.

Also, check out G Philly’s series on locals who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

Dining Out for Life Coverage on G Philly and Foobooz [Philadelphia Magazine]

Why You Should Dine Out for Life: Jim King

Our annual series, “Dine Out for My Life,” features a different local who has been affected by HIV/AIDS. It’s been leading up to tonight’s Dining Out for Life (DOFL) event throughout the Philly region. .

JimMy name is … Jim King

What is your Philly connection?
I grew up in Wilmington, Del., and lived there until my late-’20s . I lived in Delaware County for about 25 years, and then two years ago I finally moved to 19th and Christian streets. I always wanted to live in Philly so I’m glad I made the move.

What do you do for work?
I worked as a union electrician in Delaware, but retired in 2009.

How has HIV/AIDS affected your life?
In a few ways: In the early-’80s I was using drugs intravenously and having lots of anonymous sex when I first heard of HIV/AIDS. I tried to educate myself on the virus and get the facts and not the myths. Over the years I lost some friends and family to HIV/AIDS. 

The biggest thing I have learned from my experience with HIV/AIDS is …
There are a lot of people who really care about people living with HIV/AIDS.

Any Dining Out for Life restaurant recommendations?
I personally will be at Frankford  Hall the night of DOFL.

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Why You Should Dine Out for Life: Alayna Sands

ActionAIDS Dining Out for Life ambassadors open up about how HIV/AIDS has affected their lives, and why you should dine out for life on April 24th. Today: Alayna Sands. 

Screen Shot 2014-04-20 at 4.51.26 PMMy name is … Alayna Sands

What’s your Philly connection?
I grew up in Tucson, Ariz.; however both my parents are from Philadelphia. I moved to Philly about seven years ago, after attending school in Pittsburgh, and it has been home ever since.

What do you do for work?
I work in Human Resources.

The biggest thing I have learned from my experience with HIV/AIDS is …
It has motivated me to be compassionate. You may have HIV/AIDS and consequently endure some additional struggles. Yet you can still choose to live your life with dignity — and there are supportive communities out there who will help you.

Any Dining Out for Life restaurant recommendations?
The Gold Standard. They have good food and a great staff that will take care of you. There’s also Garces Trading Company. I love everything about that place.

In three words, describe the perfect dining out experience …
Family, friends, food!

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GIRL TALK: Dishing Dining Out for Life With Pam Grier

pam grier dining out for life

Screen legend Pam Grier is taking on a new role this spring — as a spokesperson for ActionAIDS‘ annual Dining Out for Life event, which takes place in Philadelphia on April 24th. She called me this week from her home in Colorado to chat about why she decided to team up with DOFL, what it was like working on The L Word, and a new project helmed by Philly Fresh Prince of Bel-Air creator Bennie Richburg.

Q&A after the jump

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