Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dine Out for Life With the Bites Team

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 8:37 AM

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Tuesday, April 24, is the date this year for Nashville Cares' annual fundraiser, Dining Out for Life. This is the 10th edition of the event where local restaurants contribute a percentage of the day's dining receipts to Cares to support their efforts to provide services to members of the community who are afflicted with HIV/AIDS.

This year's event co-chairs are Bob Deal, Kay West and Jay Matheney, and they are excited to welcome new restaurants and returning restaurants to this year's event. There are also two Celebrity co-chairs, CMT's Katie Cook and Jay Qualls of TLC’s The Next Great Baker.

The list of participating restaurants is long and available here. The percentage that each establishment is contributing varies, so take a look at the list to maximize your contribution and schedule your day's dining. Some places are participating with breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can make a difference by eating out up to three times that day.

Taking advantage of this bully pulpit here at Bites, let me suggest why you might want to consider lunch at 1808 Grille at the Hutton Hotel that day. First of all, Carrington and I are hosting at the restaurant for lunch that day, and we hope it will be an opportunity to meet and eat with some of our favorite foodies around town. Throw off that veil of commenter anonymity for a day and come out to see us so we can tell you how much we appreciate your participation in this deliciously twisted little community that you have created here at Bites.

Secondly, the food at 1808 Grille is consistently excellent and whimsically creative. You know you want to try some of those french fries served in their own precious little fryer basket or the beignets in a little brown lunch sack!

Also, they accept reservations for lunch on Open Table, so rather than wondering whether you'll be able to get in and out during your allotted lunch time, you can be certain that your table for four will be waiting for you when you arrive. Plus, they validate your parking in the Hutton garage with lunch, so that alleviates that pain in the tuchus during the noontime hour in Midtown.

Finally, they'll be donating a hefty 50 percent of their lunch receipts to the cause, which is more than many other places in town. While we appreciate the extent to which every restaurant is participating, selfishly you might as well get the maximum charitable bang for your buck.

Another great thing about this philanthropic effort: All you have to do is eat and pay your bill. As Chef Tell used to say on PM Magazine, "Very simple! Very easy!" (Anybody else out there old enough to remember that?)

Carrington and I can promise you a great meal and a fun time, so go ahead and make the commitment right now to head over to Open Table and grab a reservation for a table sometime during the lunch hour. Then you'll have a week or so to put together a convivial table to share in the meal.

While you're at it, make your breakfast and dinner plans at the same time and help support Dining Out for Life. Make sure to introduce yourself by your commenter name when Carrington and/or I drop by your table to say howdy and thank you for coming. And don't be stingy with those french fries, because I don't know if we'll get a chance to eat since we're such gregarious hosts.

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