Dish This!

Red RibbonHere’s your choice for Thursday:

  • schlep home some groceries after a long day at work, fire up the stove, make a mess of your kitchen and then get stuck with washing dishes… OR
  • treat yourself to a lovely, relaxed meal at say, Cru Café or The Grocery, or 25 other fine local restaurants, and support local AIDS/HIV patients while you indulge.


Yes, it’s time again for Dining Out For Life, our favorite night of the year, when you can eat out and help out, at the same time. That killer caramel cake at Hall’s Chophouse never tasted so good.

This Thursday, April 30 will be the fifth Dining Out For Life in Charleston. This year features broad participation from many of Charleston’s best bars, restaurants and hippest food trucks, everything from imaginative cocktails to Diggity Donuts and King of Pops to sushi at O-ku or steaks at Oak or Hall’s. Chefs and diners alike come together to support the Ryan White Wellness Center at Roper St. Francis, which provides clinical and supportive services to 700+ individuals and families each year who are living with HIV/AIDS.

And best yet, despite the fact that Dining Out For Life is a national event, your local dollar stays here to help local HIV/AIDS patients and their families. To date, the event has raised more than $200,000 for the RSF Ryan White program, funds that help sustain the life-saving services the clinic provides. Mmmm, pretty yummy!

“It’s a great opportunity to give back and support a great local organization,” says Jeremiah Bacon, executive chef at Oak Steakhouse and The Macintosh, who has participated in the event since its inception. “It couldn’t be easier,” says event organizer Aaron O’Brien. “Simply eat at your favorite Dining Out For Life restaurant on April 30 and a portion of your check will come straight to the Ryan White Wellness Center.”

For a full list of participating locations, visit www.diningoutforlife.com. Make your reservations today – dine out and save a life!

The Ryan White Wellness Center provides free, confidential HIV testing. For more information, visit www.ryanwhiteofcharleston.org or call (843) 402-3093.

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