I went out to lunch with a friend of mine recently to catch up a bit and learn more about this awesome Dining Out For Life project. Dining Out For Life is a national event on April 26, during which restaurants in over 60 cities will help local AIDS/HIV service organizations. In Memphis, that means it will benefit Friends for Life, an organization that helps people with AIDS/HIV live well. So far, so good, but how does it work?
Kelly English and Jeff Frisby of Restaurant Iris signed on to be co-chairs of the Memphis event, and then they started recruiting people to join the team. I asked Kelly about what got him involved:
“Dining Out for Life is a wonderful benefit that gets right to need of the HIV/AIDS epidemic…whether it be education (of those effected or not) or support and resources for those who need it. Plus the people at Friends for Life make it so easy to help.”
-Kelly English, Restaurant Iris
With Kelly and Jeff working with Amanda from Friends for Life, they have lined up 20 restaurants that will offer up a portion of their proceeds to the cause! It might be tough to choose, because some of the best places in town are on the list!
Restaurants donating 50% of proceeds: The Hi-Tone Cafe, Imagine Vegan Cafe, Restaurant Iris, and Stone Soup Cafe.
Restaurants donating 25% of proceeds: Andrew Michael, Bari, Beauty Shop, Cafe Society, Celtic Crossing, Felicia Suzanne’s, Grawemeyer’s, The Green Beetle, McEwen’s, Molly’s La Casita, RP Tracks, Rizzos, SkiMo’s, Three Angels Diner, YoLo Midtown.
Restarants donating 10% of proceeds: Central BBQ (both locations)
Some of the places are offering the benefits to Friends for Life during different meals, so you could conceivably help out at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you were really hungry you could go to Stone Soup for breakfast, Rizzo’s for Lunch, YoLo for a midday treat, Iris for dinner, and hit the Hi-Tone for a late-night snack. To see what meals are eligible and get the phone numbers to make your reservation, head to the full list.
One of things that I’ve really heard a lot of since I started writing this blog is how much of a “family” the Memphis restaurants are. They support each other in their efforts and push each other to be the best. This is a great example of how a big group of people are coming together to make Memphis a better place. Even better, it is a nationwide effort, as Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael told me, “It’s a great way for restaurants across the nation to come together for a worthy cause.”
I’ll be out somewhere for lunch and for dinner on Thursday, so keep your eyes peeled and say hello. See you there!