Monday, April 22, 2013

Where are YOU Dining Out for Life Tomorrow?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

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Tuesday, April 23, is the most important dining date of the year, because it's the day you can make a difference just by eating out. As I've told you all a couple times before, tomorrow is Dining Out for Life, a day where many Middle Tennessee restaurants graciously donate a portion of their proceeds to Nashville Cares. If you've already made reservations to eat out at least once tomorrow, good for you. If you, haven't, now is definitely the time. Especially since many of your favorite restaurants are probably participating, and trying to get in without a rezzie might be a little problematic.

The event website has a listing of all the participating restaurants, and any of them are worthy of your patronage. But if you need a little help choosing which establishments to visit tomorrow, here's a little cheat sheet:

First of all, a whole slew of restaurants have participated for all 11 years of Nashville's Dining Out for Life and they are definitely worthy of recognition. Big props to:

Blackstone Restaurant and Brewery
Caffe Nonna
Jackson's Bar and Bistro
Mad Platter Restaurant
Margot's Cafe and Bar
Park Cafe
Provence Breads and Cafe
Tin Angel
Yellow Porch
Wild Iris

Heck, just staying open for over a decade is enough of an accomplishment, but this sort of long-term commitment to local causes is certainly admirable. Suzy Wong's House of Yum has also participated in DOFL since the very beginning under different names (Tribe/Red) but the same ownership, so we certainly include them in the legion of honor.

A few restaurants are also donating a percentage of their alcohol sales during DOFL, so you can drink up to a good cause while you eat at Aura, Lockeland Table, Fleet Street Pub, The Local Taco, Mad Donnas, and Rolf and Daughters. So "cheers" to that!

If you're looking to maximize your donation dollar, consider 417 Union since they are donating 100 percent of their proceeds at dinner, or other 75 percent options at blvd, PM, Kalamatas or Suzy Wong's. In fact, 417 Union isn't usually open for dinner on Tuesdays, so they are opening up especially for this event, as is Mad Platter for an unexpected Tuesday lunch.

Don't forget that many of the DOFL participants are open for breakfast and lunch so that you can give more than once in a day. You can enjoy a morning meal at Provence, Marche, Perl, Puckett's, Table 3 or The Frothy Monkey. The lunch list is too lengthy to list in this space, so check out the DOFL website and make your plans.

If for some reason, you can't make any of these times or places, there is still a chance for you to help out by dining out. Blvd will be holding a special DOFL brunch next Sunday, April 28, so you can hit them up for a delicious meal for a good cause instead of or in addition to your regular DOFL dining.

One last way you can make a difference is through a diner donation during the event. Hosts and ambassadors will gladly accept cash, check or credit card donations directly to Nashville Cares at any of the venues. They are holding a drawing as part of the donation process, which you don't even have to contribute to win. But for every $25 you donate, you'll receive another entry in a drawing with prizes that include:

A $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card
A $250 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Gift Card
A pair of tickets to each of the following shows from AEG/TMG:
Band of Horses - Ryman April 28th
Last Summer on Earth feat. Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five & Guster - The Woods @ Fontanel July 13th
Kris Kristofferson - Ryman May 15th
Holly Williams - 3rd & Lindsley May 26th
Frampton's Guitar Circus feat. Peter Frampton & Robert Cray - Ryman May 26th
Earth, Wind & Fire - Ryman June 12th

So that's everything you need to know about DOFL, and I hope I've answered any questions and shot down any excuses not to take part. Grab a table full of friends and make a difference tomorrow!

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