Dine Out, Fight AIDS

// Restaurants across the county set the table for major fundraiser

A record number of area restaurants have signed up to take part in the 18th annual Dining Out for Life, the popular Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF) fundraiser in which all that is required to give is to go out to eat.

Happening in some 60 cities across the country, on April 26 a total of 64 Pierce County restaurants – 77 including those in Thurston County – will donate 25 percent of customers’ food and non-alcoholic beverage bills to help PCAF continue its work in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy (see full list in pg. ??). Every dollar raised in each county stays in that county.

“We have 13 restaurants that are brand new to Dining Out this year,” said PCAF volunteer coordinator Amy Jones. “It’s been very exciting.”

Also new this year is a partnership with Tacoma Art Museum. Not only has the museum added its Relish Café to the list of participating restaurants, Dining Out participants will be invited to view the award-winning exhibit “HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” for half-price ($5) and to experience the outrageously amazing Dina Martina perform at 6 p.m. for $10 (museum admission included). All you need to do is show your Dining Out for Life sticker or red ribbon at the door April 26 only to receive the museum discount. Stickers and ribbons can be obtained from Dining Out for Life ambassadors at participating restaurants. You must RSVP for discounted tickets to Dina Martina, as the show will sell out. RSVP to TDuke@TacomaArtMuseum.org or call (253) 272-4258, ext. 3042.

And even more goodies await diners. All donors who contribute $25 or more to Dining Out for Life will receive a “20% Off Tuesday” card in the mail as PCAF’s way of saying thank you. The card will be good for 20 percent off your table's food bill at more than a dozen participating restaurants on Tuesday evenings throughout the coming year (excluding holidays and other promotions).

Volunteer Dining Out for Life ambassadors will be at each restaurant to greet diners, talk about PCAF’s work and to receive donations. More ambassadors are needed – those who would like to volunteer (ages 14 and up) are asked to e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call PCAF at (253) 383-2565.

While at the restaurant of their choice, diners will have the opportunity to make an additional tax-deductible contribution, as well as enter for a chance to win one of several prizes.  Additionally, every contribution received will be proportionally matched by The Feinstein Foundation.

“Our volunteer ambassadors last year raised $30,000,” Jones said, which was half of the total Dining Out proceeds for 2011. “They are our voice and face for diners that go out on April 26.”

She said some loyal Dining Out participants have been known to eat out several times on that day. “If you go to one restaurant for breakfast, then a different one for lunch, and another one for dinner then a late night nightcap, all of it gets counted.”

For more information about Dining Out for Life, call (253) 383-2565 or visit www.diningoutforlife.org.


Back again this year to add their celebrity weight to the cause are longtime Dining Out national spokespersons Ted Allen and Pam Grier, along with newcomer Daisy Martinez of Food Network’s “¡Viva Daisy!”

Emmy Award winner and cookbook author Allen, host of Food Network’s reality cooking series “Chopped” and the designated food and wine specialist among the beloved Fab-5 from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” said that his involvement in Dining Out “seems almost serendipitous for a gay food and wine expert.

“I like the event so much because it’s so efficient and easy. In a single day we can raise $4 million to fight HIV and AIDS,” which is the average amount raised nationwide.

This is Grier’s third year as a Dining Out spokesperson, and she continues to make new fans through her career that has spanned four decades. From her roles in classic 70s “blaxploitation” films like “Coffy” and “Foxy Brown,” to 1997’s “Jackie Brown” under direction of Quentin Tarantino and her appearances on “The L Word” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Grier has been a fan favorite in the American entertainment industry for nearly two generations.

She said she felt particularly drawn to help people with HIV and AIDS due to her own stage four cervical cancer diagnosis in 1988 that nearly took her life. She remembers how lonely it was when she was ill, and so empathizes with those who have HIV/AIDS.

“You are very alone,” she said. “When you become ill, friends leave. When I had cancer, I had friends I never saw again. But because of these organizations (like PCAF), you get that care and support.

“AIDS is growing among African-American women rivaling some parts of Africa. There is a resurgence of HIV among youth, gay men, women and ethnic minorities due to lack of education and the misperception that the epidemic is over and curable. With research and awareness, we can get a handle on it.”

Allen said that while it’s important for celebrities to help stem the tide of the disease, the men and women on the front lines in the fight against HIV/AIDS deserve the real credit. “Health care workers and (AIDS) activists are the real heroes. We can’t all do that, but we all have to eat. Anyone can go out to dinner and make a genuinely meaningful contribution to this fight.”

As for where Allen and Grier will dine out on April 26, Allen said he will be filming an episode of “Chopped” on that day, and plans to dash to dinner whenever he gets a break. Grier said she has several places in mind around her Denver home base, and she’ll be taking along her mom who turns 83 this July.

Allen also has a new book coming out next month titled “In My Kitchen” then he embarks on a signing tour. “It’s all recipe ideas from my own kitchen and photographed in my kitchen. It ranges from really simple stuff like spaghetti and meatballs to Thai dishes – recipes that have led me to some kind of discovery or epiphany that changed my cooking life in meaningful ways.”
Grier is excited that her 2010 autobiography “Foxy: My Life in Three Acts” is going to be made into a feature film.

“Forty years in the business has been a blessing,” she said. “I’m always working, which is a great gift to know your creativity garners that for you. It’s a privilege.”

East West Proctor
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El Toro Downtown
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Dinner, Lunch

Enoteca Wine Bar
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Dinner, Lunch

Europa Bistro
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Dinner, Lunch

Farrelli's Pizza
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Dinner, Lunch

Fife City Grill & Catering
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Dinner, Lunch

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Funky Iguana
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Dinner, Lunch

Gateway to India
2603 6th Ave., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Gateway to India
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Dinner, Lunch

Harmon Brewery and Restaurant
1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

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Harmon Brewery and Restaurant
Dinner, Lunch

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The Heritage Restaurant at the Inn at Gig Harbor
3211 56th St. N.W., Tacoma
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

HG Bistro
1618 E. Main Ave., Puyallup
Dinner, Lunch

The Hub
203 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Il Lucano Ristoranté Italiano
3119 Judson St. #B, Gig Harbor
Dinner, Lunch

Indochine Asian Dining Lounge
1924 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Infinite Soups
445 Tacoma Ave., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Joeseppi's Italian Ristorante
2207 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Josefina's Mexican Restaurant
4816 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

JW Restaurant
4107 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor

La Créme Brûlée
1606 Lafayette St., Steilacoom

La Fondita
2620 N. Proctor St., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Marcia's Silver Spoon Café
2601 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Marlarkey's Pool and Brew
445 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Marzano Restaurant
516 Garfield St. S., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

2811 6th Ave., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Massimo Italian Bar and Grill
13802 Purdy Dr. N.W., Gig Harbor
Dinner, Lunch

Massimo Italian Bar and Grill 2
4020 Bridgeport Way, University Place
Dinner, Lunch

Meconi's Italian Subs
5225 Lacey Blvd. S.E., Lacey
Dinner, Lunch

Meconi's Italian Subs
1018 Capitol Way S. Ste. 101, Olympia
Dinner, Lunch

Meconi's Italian Subs
111 Tumwater Blvd. S.E., Tumwater
Dinner, Lunch

Mercato Ristorante
111 Market St. N.W., Olympia,
Dinner, Lunch

9014 Peacock Hill Ave., Gig Harbor

Old Milwaukee Café
3102 6th Ave., Tacoma
Breakfast, Lunch

Old School Pizzeria
108 Franklin St., Olympia
Dinner, Lunch

Over the Moon Café
709 Court C, Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Pacific Grill
1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

The Parkway Tavern
313 N. ‘I’ St., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Peppers Mexican Restaurant
114 Cherry St. N.E., Olympia
Dinner, Lunch

Pomodoro Restaurant
3819 N. 26th St., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Pour At Four - A WINE BAR
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Primo Grill
601 S. Pine St., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Quickie Too…a vegan café
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Dinner, Lunch

Ramblin Jack’s
520 E. 4th Ave., Olympia
Dinner, Lunch

Reflections at the Airport
1208 26th Ave. N.W., Gig Harbor
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Relish Café
1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
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Dinner, Lunch

Rosewood Café
3323 N. 26th St., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

The Schooner Pub & Grill
5429 100th St. S.W., Lakewood
Dinner, Lunch

Shakabrah Java
2618 6th Ave., Tacoma
Breakfast, Lunch

Social Bar and Grill
1715 Dock St., Tacoma,
Dinner, Lunch

Southern Kitchen
1716 6th Ave., Tacoma
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

The Spar
2121 N. 30th St., Tacoma
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Stink - Cheese & Meat
628 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Sushi Tama Restaurant
3919 6th Ave., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

The Swiss
1904 S. Jefferson St., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Tempest Lounge
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Thrill of the Grill
1402 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma
Dinner, Lunch

Toscanos Café & Wine Bar
437 29th St. N.E. #C, Puyallup
Dinner, Lunch

Traditions Fair Trade
300 5th Ave. S.W., Olympia
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Urban Onion
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Dinner, Lunch

Varsity Grill
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Dinner, Lunch


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