Dine Out for Life on Thursday

A chance to do dinner and do good at the same time

If you were looking for an excuse, any excuse to go out to dinner this week, here’s a great one: the foodie fundraiser Dining Out for Life this Thursday, April 29. The premise is simple: dine at any of the participating restaurants this Thursday and one-third of the proceeds from the day go to ActionAIDS, which funnels the proceeds into education, testing and essential services for those with the HIV/AIDS.

Over 200 restaurants in the region are participating in this year’s event – including all Starr restaurants (except for the brand new El Rey and SquareBurger) and all of Jose Garces’ joints (minus Garces Trading Company). Newer restaurants like Square 1682 in the Hotel Palomar have signed up, along with some of the city’s top independent spots like Fork, Southwark, and Zahav, plus BYOs Mercato and Bindi. While dinner service is the focus, proceeds are donated from the entire day, so you can also Dine Out for Life during the daytime at participating restaurants that offer lunch service.

Last year, Dining Out for Life in Philly raised $290,000; this year – which marks the 20th anniversary of the event – state budget cuts affecting local prevention services will make those dollars even more necessary. For a full list of participating restaurants and to make reservations, visit the Dining Out for Life website.