Monday, April 4, 2011

Dining Out for Life: How You Can Help

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 8:23 AM

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Scene readers (that's y'all) have named Dining Out for Life as "The Best Night to Dine Out" in our Best of Nashville poll, and with good reason. With over 60 participating restaurants in Middle Tennessee donating a portion of their dinner and/or breakfast and lunch proceeds to Nashville CARES and their efforts to educate Nashvillians and offer services to clients with HIV/AIDS, this is an evening when you can really feel good about dropping some change at a favorite restaurant. Or you can take the opportunity to try someplace new that you've been looking for a reason to visit.

Besides helping out through your donations, you can also take your level of involvement a little bit deeper by volunteering as a Restaurant Host or Ambassador at this year's event, slated for Tuesday, April 26. The requirements aren't too taxing:

Volunteer Restaurant Host: Invite your friends and associates. Each restaurant host is encouraged to have a minimum of 30 of their friends and associates dine out at their restaurant during the event — but the more the merrier!

Volunteer Ambassador: Assist Volunteer Hosts, ensuring all Dining Out For Life promotional material is out on the tables that night. Hand out “I Dined” stickers to participants and distribute donation prize/drawing envelopes.

Basically, if you like to dine out and have like-minded friends on your Facebook roster, you're qualified. For more information, contact Jenean Davis — jdavis@NashvilleCARES.org or 259-4866, ext. 291.

It's not too early to start planning your dining for that day and making reservations for what should prove to be a busy night for participating restaurants. If you schedule it correctly, you could hit three different places — breakfast, lunch and dinner — or even grab a nightcap on the way home. For a list of places to visit, which meals they are serving and what their percentage of donation will be, visit the Dining Out for Life website. Special kudos to Suzy Wong's House of Yum for donating 100 percent of their dinner proceeds that evening and Kalamatas for participating at the 75 percent level at all three of their locations.

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