The More You Eat…

…the more you give to Dining Out for Life, April 26. Plus Texas wine touring.

A sweet morsel from Bistro Moderne.

On April 26, eating at a restaurant might do more than pad your waistline and deplete your bank account. Choose the right spot and you can support the work of AIDS Foundation Houston. All day, selected eateries around town participating in the Dining Out for Life program will donate a third of proceeds from food sales to the HIV/AIDS agency.

ActionAIDS in Philadelphia created Dining Out for Life in 1991, and the effort has since spread to 33 U.S. cities and more than 2,500 restaurants.

We hardly need an excuse to dine out, but we’ll take this one. We plan to start the day with pancakes at Baby Barnaby’s, then maybe order a hearty Mexican lunch at Bocados. By then, it will be time for a mid-afternoon pastry at Tart Café. For dinner, we will be ready for some swank–either in Midtown at Monica Pope’s t’afia or Uptown at Bistro Moderne. Then it’s back to the Heights for a nightcap and a late-night sweet at the Boom Boom Room. Now that’s a full day of helping a good cause. We’re humanitarians that way.

These restaurants had signed up at press time. Check www.diningoutforlife.com for addresses, phone numbers, and updates.
Baby Barnaby’s
Barnaby’s Café (all locations)
Bistro Moderne/Hotel Derek
The Boom Boom Room
Carter & Cooley Company
Dragon Bowl Asian Bistro
Hungry’s Café & Bistro
Julia’s Bistro
La Strada
Les Givral’s Kahve
(both locations)
Mingalone Italian Bar & Grill
Mint Café
Mockingbird Wine Bistro
Niko Niko’s
The Path of Tea
Potbelly Sandwich Works
t’afia lounge
Tart Café
Thai Spice
Tila’s on the Curve
Yatra Brasserie
Ziggy’s Healthy Grill


Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe (Texas).

Or maybe you just want to get out of town this month. Hop in the car and take a day trip to the two wineries in the region. Cheers!

Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe (pictured) is the only winery in Galveston County. For spring, the folks at Haak recommend their 2005 Blanc du Bois Blue Label made from grapes grown there along with Brenham, Cat Spring, Fulshear, Hillsboro, and Palestine grapes. Now that’s a Texas wine. Info: www.haakwine.com.

Messina Hof Winery & Resort in Bryan celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. In February, the winery’s 2005 Angel Late Harvest Riesling received the top Texas honor at Rodeo Uncorked, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo wine competition. The Aggieland destination now includes the Villa at Messina Hof, a 10-room bed-and-breakfast. Info: www.messinahof.com.

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