Dining out for Life (DOFL) started in Philadelphia over twenty years ago. Last year, in 2012, their efforts raised about 4 million dollars in one day. With 60 cities currently participating and all of the proceeds going to local charities it is easy to contribute. As Ted Allen said, “This fundraiser is wonderful because it gives everyone the opportunity to contribute to the fight against AIDS by doing something that you have to do anyway, which is eat.”
Ted Allen is an Emmy Award winning host of primetime TV series “Chopped” on The Food Network. Ted is also a James Beard award winner and presenter. You may know him from any number of shows such as; Top Chef, Queer Eye and Food Detectives. He has been in our living rooms, kitchens and hearts for years. You may also spot him around New York with his partner, Barry Rice.
Beyond being a television star, he is a talented foodie in his own right. He is even a pretty easy guy to speak with on the phone. It’s like talking to your friend or cousin. He kept his cool, while receiving guests and deliveries during a hectic day. Reminded me of a wedding scene from Steel Magnolias by what I could hear.
Ted was attracted to Dining Out for Life because, “…it benefits chefs and restaurants as well. Who are obviously people that I love.” DOFL benefits local communities in multiple ways each year. While visiting new and old restaurants, visiting with friends and having an enjoyable evening out on the town, you are fighting HIV/AIDS and supporting the local economy.
DOFL happens once a year on the last Thursday of April. Tomorrow, April 25, 2013 is the big day. Visit their website, pick a participating restaurant and hit the town. Have fun and help out. Bon Appetit.
http://www.diningoutforlife.com on twitter @dineout4life.
We love Dining Out For Life and Ted Allen!