Local restaurants are encouraging families to help make a difference by enjoying a meal with family or friends during Dining Out For Life, an event to be held on Thursday. During this annual event, patrons can dine at one of the participating restaurants in the Chattanooga area and that restaurant will donate a portion of the day's proceeds to fund HIV/AIDS care, prevention, education, testing, counseling, and other services in this area.
National spokespeople for this year’s Dining Out For Life include Ted Allen, host of Food Network's Chopped; actor Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown); designer Mondo Guerra, winner of Lifetime's Project Runway All-Stars; and chef Daisy Martinez from Food Network's Viva Daisy.
"I love working with (Dining Out For Life) because it's just such a cool, very low overhead operation that raises more than $4 million for American HIV and AIDS service organizations in a single day. It also helps restaurants and chefs get new people coming in to try what they're doing. It just seems like such a win-win-win for everybody," says Ted Allen (HIV Plus Magazine, April 2015).
"We have been the host sponsor of Dining Out For Life for a decade; however, the struggle to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues on. Subaru is proud to be part of an event that spreads awareness for such a worthy cause and also encourages people to support those who need it most in their local communities." said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc.
Participating restaurants in the Chattanooga area are: 1885, 212 Market, Alleia, Beast + Barrel, Big Chill, Brewhaus, FEED, Flying Squirrel, Good Dog, Hour Place, Il Primo, Public House, Sing It or Wing It, Southern Star, Totto, Universal Joint, and St. John’s Meeting Place.