After a year's hiatus, the AIDS Foundation Dining Out for Life fundraiser has returned. On Thursday night, 16 Houston restaurants will donate a significant portion of their food sales to benefit AIDS Foundation Houston, so it's a great opportunity to dine out and help a good cause.
While great strides have been made in managing the disease over the last 30 years, the battle is not over, says AIDS Foundation Houston CEO Kelly Young. Houston continues to have one of the highest rates of infection in the nation. "It's a Top 10 list we don't want to be on," she says.
The organization helps the most vulnerable with housing and supportive services to make sure they stay on their medication. And it focuses on prevention, encouraging those in high-risk groups to get tested and to always practice safe sex.
"This is one of those issues we can change in our lifetime," Young says. "We don't want to give up now."
The following restaurants are taking part in this year's Dining Out for Life. They will be donating proceeds from meals served Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. I'll be a Dining Out for Life Ambassador at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, so drop by for dinner, or check out these other great restaurants.
- Canopy, 3939 Montrose Blvd., 713-528-6848
- Shade, 250 W. 19th St., 713-863-7500
- BRC GastroPub, 519 Shepherd Dr., 713-861-2233
- Liberty Kitchen, 1050 Studewood, 713-802-0533
- Niko Niko's — 2520 Montrose, 713-528-GYRO, and 301 Milam (Market Square), 713-224-GYRO
- Sparrow, 3701 Travis St., 713-524-6922
- Chelsea Grill, 4621 Montrose Blvd., 713-942-9857
- Benjy’s in the Village, 2424 Dunstan, 713-522-7602
- Barnaby’s - Midtown (401 West Gray, 713-522-8898), Montrose (604 Fairview, 713-522-0106), Memorial (5750 Woodway Dr., 713-266-0046), River Oaks (1701 S. Shepherd, 713-520-5131)
- Bocados, 1312 W. Alabama, 713-523-5230
- Litty Bitty Burger Barn, 5503 Pinemont, 713-683-6700
- Brio Tuscan Grille, 3029 Kirby Dr., 713-528-8200
For more information, check out the Dining Out for Life website.