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Dining Out for Life-Chewing for Charity.

Restaurants put their money where our mouths are with Dining Out for Life.

by Nancy Ford

The New York Post recently called Houston “one of the most satisfying food scenes in the country.” Perhaps the Post should have added the word “generous” to that laudable appraisal.

In 2009, many of our city’s fine eateries helped raise more than $60,000 by participating in Dining Out for Life, AIDS Foundation Houston’s annual culinary event. Because of these restaurants’ generosity, nearly 5,000 HIV-positive men, women, and children received vital services provided by AFH, including housing, case management, and food assistance.

On Thursday, April 29, many of our city’s eateries swing open their doors once again for Dining Out for Life. Restaurants across Houston unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS by generously donating a chunk of their establishments’ food bills from that day. Donations range from a set dollar amount to 33 percent of the day’s breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner menus. Going above and beyond the gastronomic call of duty this year is Riva’s Italian Restaurant, which is contributing a full 100 percent of its customers’ food bills to the DOFL cause.

“The strong support of our community members and the incredible generosity of the restaurant owners create a winning combination for DOFL and AFH,” says AFH’s chief executive officer, Kelly McCann. “And this event provides a simple and delicious way to support health and social justice causes. Dine out, fight AIDS. It’s that easy.”

Sponsored by Fiesta and, the epicurean event also offers diners a chance to win two round-trip airline tickets with the Dining Out for Life raffle. That’s even better than dinner and a movie.
Nancy Ford

Eat ’til it hurts
As OutSmart went to press, the following restaurants had signed on as Dining Out for Life participants. (B, L, and D indicate breakfast, lunch, and dinner.) Log on to for new locations and updates.

Baby Barnaby’s, 602 Fairview, 713/522-4229 • B
Barnaby’s Café, 414 W. Gray, 713/522-8898 • L,D
Barnaby’s Café, 1701 S. Shepherd, 713/520-5131 • B,L,D
Barnaby’s Café, 604 Fairview, 713/522-0106 • L,D
BB’s Café, 2710 Montrose, 713/524-4499 • L,D
Benjy’s in the Village, 2424 Dunstan, 713/522-7602 • L,D
Bocados, 1312 W Alabama, 713/523-5230 • L,D
The Boom Boom Room, 2518 Yale, 713/868-3740 • D
The Breakfast Klub, 3711 Travis, 713/520-7754 • B,L
Carter & Cooley Company, 375 W. 19th, 713/864-3354 • L
The Daily Review Café, 3412 W. Lamar, 713/520-9217 • L,D
Dragon Bowl Asian Bistro, 1221 W. 11th, 713/426-2750 • L,D
Firkin & Phoenix, 1915 West-heimer, 713/526-3100 • L,D
Hungry’s Cafe & Bistro, 2356 Rice, 713/523-8652 • L,D
Julia’s Bistro, 3722 Main, 713/807-0090 • L,D
Les Givral’s Kahve, 4601 Wash-ington, 713/547-0444 • B,L
Little Bitty Burger Barn, 5503 Pinemont, 713/683-6700 • L,D
Lola, 1102 Yale, 713/426-5652
Mary’z Mediterranean Cuisine, 5825 Richmond, 832/251-1955 • L,D
Niko Niko’s, 2520 Montrose, 713/528-GYRO • L,D
Pink’s Pizza, 1403 Heights, 713/864-PINK • L,D
Reggae Hut, 4814 Almeda, 713/520-7171 • L,D
Riva’s Italian Restaurant, 1117 Missouri, 713/529-3450 • L,D
t’afia lounge, 3701 Travis, 713/524-6922 • L,D
Tacos a Go-Go, 3704 Main, 713/807-8226 • B,L,D
Tart Café, 4411 Montrose, 713/526-TART • L,D
Tila’s Restaurante, 1111 S. Shepherd, 713/522-7654 • L,D

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