TWIN CITIES (March 23, 2015) — For one exciting day, patrons of over 220 restaurants will come together to benefit The Aliveness Project with the 21st Annual Dining Out for Life 2015. Patrons enjoy fun and fine dining with a portion of the proceeds funding the fight against HIV/AIDS when they dine out at one of 220 restaurants in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Lanesboro and Mankato on Thursday, April 30, 2015.
The Aliveness Project is proud to announce that Sven Sundgaard, Rena Sarigianopoulos and Blake McCoy from KARE 11 have agreed to be the celebrity spokespeople for the “Dining Out For Life” fundraiser. Each restaurant is generously donating a portion of their sales to help people living with HIV/AIDS.
Proceeds of the 21st annual Dining Out for Life event benefit The Aliveness Project. Established in 1985, The Aliveness Project is a community drop-in center located in south Minneapolis that provides hot meals, food shelf service, integrative therapies, holiday baskets, case management and educational services to individuals living with HIV and their families. Approximately 50 percent of the people who use these services are people of color and the majority of them live in poverty and in dire need of these services. Last year, more than 1,742 individuals living with HIV used our services — which is one out for four Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS.
Dining Out for Life is an international event held in over 60 cities in the United States and Canada.
“This is a unique opportunity for people to join in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Just choose one of our restaurants and enjoy your meal or meals with a group of friends — all you have to donate is your appetite!” said Aliveness Project’s Executive Director, Joe Larson.
“Dining Out for Life has benefited The Aliveness Project for the past twenty years,” added Larson.
“Last year, Dining Out for Life rose over $257,000.00 to support our services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in our community. This year, we are excited to have even more diners and volunteers planning to participate during breakfast, lunch or dinner on April 30.”
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and have a good time, while at the same time doing something good for our local HIV/AIDS community. More than two-thirds of our church membership participated last year and we’re already planning for this year,” stated Pastor Mary Albing of Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer in south Minneapolis.
This year’s participating restaurants include:
The 5-8 Club, 5-8 Grill and Bar, 5-8 Grill and Tap, 5-8 Tavern and Grill, 128 Café, ACQUA RESTAURANT – FOREST LAKE/ WHITE BEAR LAKE, AL VENTO, Amazing Grace Bakery and Café (Duluth), Angelina’s Kitchen, Angelo’s Italian Restaurant, Baldy’s BBQ Dinkytown, BAMBU, BANK, Barbette, Be’wiched Deli, BIRCHWOOD CAFÉ, Black Dog Café, Black Forest Inn, Black Sheep Pizza, BLACKBIRD CAFÉ, Borough & Parlour, Boston’s, Broders’ Terzo Vino Bar, BROOKSIDE BAR & GRILL (Marine on St. Croix), Bruegger’s Bagels, Prairie Village, Bruegger’s Westwind Plaza, Bryant Lake Bowl, The Bulldog Downtown, The Bulldog Lowertown, The Bulldog Uptown, Buona Sera Ristorante and Wine Bar, Buster’s on 28th, The Butcher Block Restaurant, Butter Bakery Café, CAFE ENA, Campus Pizza, CARMELO’S RISTORANTE, Cheeky Monkey, Chiang Mai Thai, Chilkoot Cafe and Cyclery, CHIN DIAN, Cocoa Loco Burgers and Shakes, Colossal Cafe – Minneapolis/St. Paul, Corner Table, Coup D’état, Craftsman Restaurant, Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, CUPPA JAVA, Curran’s Restaurant, Dan Kelly’s Pub, Day Block Brewing Company, Dunn Bros Coffee – Linden Hills, EAGLEBOLTBAR, Eat Street Social, EDEN AVENUE GRILL, ELI’S EAST FOOD & COCKTAILS, ELSIE’S RESTAURANT, BAR & BOWLING CENTER, Ernie’s Pub & Grille, Erté and the Peacock Lounge, Faces Mears Park, FINNISH BISTRO, FIRELAKE GRILL HOUSE & COCKTAIL BAR – MALL OF AMERICA/DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS, Fireside Bar and Restaurant, Foxy Falafel, Galactic Pizza, GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, Gigi’s Café, Ginger Hop Restaurant, Gold Nugget Tavern and Grille, GRAND CAFÉ, GREAT WATERS BREWING CO., GYST Fermentation Bar, Hard Times Café, HauteDish, HAZEL’S NORTHEAST, HERKIMER PUB & BREWERY , HIGHLAND CAFE & BAKERY, HIMALAYAN RESTAURANT, HOLA AREPA, HOT PLATE, ICEHOUSE, It’s Greek to Me, J.D. HOYT’S, Jakeeno’s Pizza & Pasta, JOAN’S IN THE PARK, Kafe 421, KHYBER PASS CAFÉ, Kramarczuk Sausage Co. Inc., Kyatchi, L’ETOILE DU NORD CAFÉ(Bayport), LA FRESCA, Lake & Irving, Le Town Talk French Diner & Drinkery, LORING KITCHEN & BAR, Lone Oak Grill, Lone Spur Grill and Bar, LONGFELLOW GRILL, THE LOWBROW, THE LOWRY, Luna Rossa Trattoria & Wine Bar, LUSH, Lyn 65, Lyon’s Pub , Manny’s Tortas, Marin Restaurant & Bar, MARKET BAR-B-QUE, Marx Fusion Bistro, MASON’S RESTAURANT BARRE, MATTIE’S ON MAIN, MAVERICK’S WOOD GRILL, May Day Café, McCoy’s Public House, THE MEET MARKET, The Melting Pot, Midori’s Floating World Cafe, Milton’s V V B, MOTO-I RAMEN AND SAKE HOUSE, Namaste Café, New Scenic Café (Duluth), NGON VIETNAMESE BISTRO, THE NICOLLET DINER, Nightingale, Nonna Rosa’s Ristorante Italiano, North East Social, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub, OLD VILLAGE HALL RESTAURANT (Lanesboro), PAGODA, Papa John’s – (34 locations), Park Tavern, Pat’s Tap, PICCOLO, Pilgrimage Café, PIZZA LUCÉ-DOWNTOWN/DULUTH/HOPKINS/RICHFIELD/SEWARD/ST. PAUL/UPTOWN (Dine In Only), PIZZA NEA, Pizzeria Lola, The Pourhouse, Pub 500 (Mankato), Pub 819, Q fanatic BBQ, The Rabbit Hole, Rail Station Bar & Grill, Rainbow Restaurant , Red Stag Supperclub, Republic Seven Corners, Republic Calhoun Square, RINATA, RINCON 38, RUSTICA BAKERY, SAFFRON RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, THE SALOON, Salut Bar Americain – St. Paul, The Sample Room, Sapor Cafe/Bar, SAWATDEE & ZUSHIYA OF MAPLE GROVE, SAWATDEE ST. PAUL, SAWATDEE THAI RESTAURANT – MINNEAPOLIS, Sen Yai Sen Lek, Signature Café, The Smack Shack, SPARKS, Stanley’s NE Bar Room, SW CRAFT BAR, Swede Hollow Café, The Third Bird, Tiny Diner, TOAST WINE BAR AND CAFÉ, TONGUE IN CHEEK, Tootie’s on Lowry, Trattoria da Vinci, Twin Cities Leather and Latte , The UNION Rooftop , VICTOR’S 1959 CAFÉ, W.A. Frost and Co., Ward 6 Food & Drink, THE WEDGE TABLE, WILDE ROAST CAFÉ, WISE ACRE EATERY, The Workshop @ UNION, YUM! KITCHEN AND BAKERY (Take Out Only), ZEN BOX IZAKAYA.
For more information about Dining Out for Life, including a list of participating restaurants, visit The Aliveness Project’s website at www.aliveness.org. Visit the international Dining Out for Life website at www.diningoutforlife.com. Call The Aliveness Project at 612-824-LIFE (5433).
All proceeds raised from Dining Out for Life support local services. Individual donations also may be sent to: The Aliveness Project, 3808 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis MN, 55409, or be processed online at www.aliveness.org.