Hope Made Delicious!

Written by Bryan Lavery



The 10th Anniversary of the signature event for the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, “ A Taste for Life” is fast approaching.

This event is without a doubt one of the simplest and most delightful ways to donate to a great cause.

On April 24th, make your reservation at one of 29 participating restaurants. You gather a bunch of friends or family and go out to dinner. The restaurant then donates 25% of the before-tax amount of your bill to the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection. You have a great night, a delicious meal, and help support the women, men and children that are served by this vital organization.

The money that is raised through restaurant participation, sponsorships and diner donations helps support free essential services to those living with, affected by, and at risk for HIV/AIDS. This includes keeping their food bank stocked, providing clients with emergency financial assistance, counseling, support groups and transportation to medical appointments.

You will have a chance to make a personal donation and be entered into a draw to win Downtown Dollars. A full 38% of the total money raised comes from the donor envelopes that night.

David Chapman of David’s Bistro has participated in the event for all 10 years of its existence.

“When first approached to participate in the inaugural event, we wanted to be a part of it but had no idea how popular it would become,” said David. “From 12 restaurants to 29 this year, I guess you could say it certainly is a success. The reason for its popularity is twofold. Number one,  as George Bernard Shaw said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” Number two, there is nothing more rewarding than knowing you have made a difference. I also believe it reflects the kind heartedness and generosity of the restaurant community.”

So… Where will you dine on April 24th?

Amici Italian Ristorante 519-439-8983

Armouries Grille 519-679-6111

Aroma Mediterranean Restaurant 519-435-0616

Auberge du Petit Prince 519-434-7124

Avenue Dining 519-433-2891

Ben Thanh (White Oaks) 519-668-3868

Blackfriars Bistro 519-667-4930

Blu Duby 519-433-1414

The Braywick Bistro 519-645-6524

Budapest 519-439-3431

Che RestoBar 519-601-7999

The Church Key Bistro-Pub 519-936-0960

David’s Bistro 519-667-0535

Dawghouse Pub & Eatery 519-685-0640

Eddington’s of Exeter 519-235-3030

Jambalaya 519-858-2000

Jewel of India 519-434-9268

JJ’s Bistro 519-474-3868

Kantina Café and Restaurant 519-672-5862

Katana Kafe 519-455-9005

Marienbad Restaurant 519-679-9940

Mein Street Pan Asian Kitchen 519-433-6346

Mykonos Restaurant 519-434-6736

The Only on King 519-936-2064

Tamarine 519-601-8276

Thaifoon Restaurant 519-850-1222

Trichilos 519-601-0960

Winks Eatery 519-936-5079

Zen Gardens Vegetarian 519-433-6688

About the author

Bryan Lavery

Eatdrink Food Editor and Writer at Large Bryan Lavery brings years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, as a chef, restaurant owner and consultant. Always on the lookout for the stories that Eatdrink should be telling, he helps shape the magazine both under his byline and behind the scenes.