Dine Out on April 30 to Support AIDS Project Rhode Island

Dining Out for Life is looking for restaurants to join the cause and help raise money for HIV/AIDS prevention and education services.

AIDS Project Rhode Island is looking for local restaurants to join the fight against AIDS and HIV by participating in the Dining Out for Life program.

On Thurs., April 30, restaurants will give a percentage of proceeds from the night’s checks to help provide HIV/AIDS prevention and education services, as well as assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. So far, the list of participating restaurants is growing, but AIDS Project Rhode Island is hoping to add more local eateries.

In Providence, save the date April 30 to dine out at Blaze Eastside, Broadway Bistro, the Cafe at Easy Entertaining, CAV, El Rancho Grande, GPub, Gracie’s, India, Kitchen Bar, Los Andes, New Rivers, Parkside, Pizzico, Kitchen Bar, Rosalina, Three Sisters and Eat Drink RI’s Dinner by Dames Farmers Feast at Roger Williams Casino. In Newport, SpeakEasy Bar and Grill and Despina’s Cafe will participate. In North Kingstown, visit Bravo Wood Fired Pizza; in Pawtucket, dine out at Hose Company No. 6 and Rasoi; in Cranston, head to Bistro 22, and in Warren choose Federal Hill Pizza and Simone's. Grille on Main and Tio Mateo's Mexican Grille in East Greenwich and Cafe 900 in North Smithfield are also participating. More restaurants will be added here.

If you know a restaurant that would like to participate, contact AIDS Project Rhode Island’s development director Julie Casimiro at 401-519-2289 or Julie@aidsprojectri.org. “We work to fill their restaurants with patrons, so they have a great business day and add to their base of regular customers,” she says. Restaurants will donate 25 to 50 percent from each dinner check — or checks from all meals on that day — or donate a flat amount to the cause. 

This year, I am proud to represent Rhode Island Monthly magazine as a co-chair for Dining Out for Life along with NBC 10’s Mario Hilario and Eat Drink RI’s founder and president David Dadekian.

AIDS Project Rhode Island’s development director Julie Casimiro is thrilled to feature three co-chairs. “Once again, we are honored to have NBC 10’s Mario Hilario join us,” she says. “His involvement has been critical to helping us raise awareness of the event and HIV/AIDS.”

The three co-chairs are encouraging restaurants to join the cause, and urging diners to go out to participating Dining Out for Life restaurants on April 30. “It has become a celebration of spring, as people across the state support the fight against HIV and AIDS by visiting a participating restaurant and enjoying a meal,” says Hilario. “Let’s hope we won’t be still shoveling snow!”

Dadekian says Dining Out for Life will help kick off the annual Eat Drink RI Festival this year with its opening event, Dinner by Dames Farmers Feast at the Casino at Roger Williams Park. “We are pleased to support AIDS Project RI by donating a portion of our proceeds from the dinner to the organization,” says Dadekian.

So please save the date, April 30, for Dining Out for Life. People across Rhode Island will dine out to raise money for a great cause, and restaurants that participate will be applauded. For more information, visit aidsprojectri.org.