No one can deny Houstonians' enthusiasm for dining out, but area residents particularly enjoy patronizing restaurants on behalf of charitable causes. Just consider the $1.9 million Houston Restaurant Weeks raised in 2015 as proof.
Diners will have another opportunity to show their giving spirit on Thursday during the annual Dining Out for Life event. Organized locally by the AIDS Foundation Houston, over 3,000 restaurants in 60 cities nationwide take part in the event, which raises money for AIDS-related charities. AFH has enlisted over 40 Houston restaurants to support the cause, ranging from Houston classics like Tony Mandola's and Shade to relative hotspots like B&B Butchers and The Durham House.
Unlike HRW, Dining Out for Life doesn't feature special menus. Simply order items on the regular menu during breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and the restaurant will donate a portion of the day's sales to AFH programs and services that help thousands of Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS.
“Year after year, we are impressed by the outpouring of support by restaurants and diners alike,” said Kelly Young, CEO of AIDS Foundation Houston, in a statement. “We can end HIV/AIDS within our lifetime, and Dining Out for Life helps raise funds and awareness that gets us closer to that goal."
Watch the clip below to see Houston chefs talking about Dining Out for Life.