Make reservations now if you haven’t already: The restaurant event Dining Out For Life is Thursday April 29.
The dining event draws diners to area restaurants, which in turn raise money for the Pierce County AIDS Foundation and the United Communities AIDS Network in Thurston County.
All participating Pierce County restaurants agreed to donate 25 percent of their food revenue from meals sold during the event to support programs at PCAF, the organizer of the event.
To contribute, all diners have to do is show up and dine at participating restaurants, which are listed at http://www.diningoutforlife.com/Tacoma. Participating restaurants range from cupcake bakeries to cafes and delis to cocktail lounges and upscale restaurants. Click "more" to read what local restaurants have planned for the event, and for details about a stellar discount dining deal offered to those who contribute at least a $25 cash donation to the cause.
However, restaurants do set aside seats for walk-in business, and diners short on cash can order an appetizer. Every little bit helps, say restaurant owners.
“Anything helps the cause, so stopping in for happy hour, a quick bite, or an evening out helps us raise more money. We keep spots open for walk in and encourage everyone to stop by,” said Katie Doherty, who owns Gig Harbor’s Brix 25 with her husband, Thad Lyman.
And here’s something that will keep on giving until next year: a discount diner loyalty card. Diners who contribute an additional cash donation of $25 or more at any participating Dining Out restaurant will receive a discount card that gives 20 percent discounts off Tuesday dining at the 12 participating restaurants. The Tuesday discount dining deal lasts until the 2011 Dining Out event.
The restaurants included in the diner loyalty program are Doyle’s Public House, East West Proctor, Gateway to India, Happy Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Harmon Brewing, HG Bistro, The Mandolin Café, Marzano Restaurant, Old Milwaukee Café, Ravenous Restaurant, Southern Kitchen and Tempest Lounge.
Diners who donate $25 or more at participating restaurants Thursday will be mailed the cards after the event.
As for the event itself, a few restaurants have events and give-aways planned:
Varsity Grill: Diners can enter a Wii bowling tournament where a $5 entry fee also gets diners a free game of bowling at Tower Lanes. Earn enough strikes and diners can be entered to win a Wii gaming console. A $1 donation buys entry into a candy guessing game with a sweet reward from Sweet Treats & Designs. The restaurant also will draw for giveaway prizes every half hour. Varsity Grill is at 1114 Broadway, Tacoma; 253-627-1229
Doyle’s Public House: Free live music from Deadwood Revival and Ravinwolf begins at 8 p.m. at the Tacoma Irish pub and restaurant: 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-7468
HG Bistro: Free live music by Lewis/Lane begins at 8 p.m. at the Puyallup restaurant: 1618 E. Main St., Puyallup; 253-845-5747.
Dining Out For LifeWhen: April 29, hours vary by restaurantWhere: Dozens of restaurants throughout Pierce and Thurston counties will participateInfo: http://www.diningoutforlife.com/Tacoma provides a searchable list for Pierce and Thurston countiesTo donate: All you have to do is dine out at one of the participating restaurants.Dining discount deal: Give a cash donation of $25 or more at a participating restaurant and get a Tuesday dining discount card good at 12 participating restaurants until next year’s Dining Out event.