On April 25th, join Dining Out for Life and NYC restaurants to fight HIV. This international event includes 60 North American cities and over 3,000 participating restaurants. Over $4 Million is raised on average during the one day of dining. In New York City, the event is hosted by The Alliance for Positive Change, which helps New Yorkers living with HIV and other chronic health conditions get the medical care, peer support, and housing assistance they need to achieve health, happiness, and stability.
We talked with Ted Allen, spokesperson for the event, about how he got involved and why he thinks the organization is so important. Emmy and James Beard Award winner Ted Allen is the host of “Chopped” on Food Network and the author “In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks.” Previously, he was the food specialist on the Bravo series “Queer Eye,” and a contributing writer to Esquire.
Downtown: How did you get involved with Dining Out for Life?
Ted Allen: Well, it’s been 12 years now, and they just came and asked me to be involved, and for me, it’s a triple-win. 1. It generates millions of dollars to support HIV education and services 2. All the money raised in your community is spent in your community 3. It helps create a new audience for chefs who are generous enough to participate, putting new people in their seats who might very well turn into regular customers. All while simply asking us to do what all of us should be doing anyway: Having dinner. A brilliant model.
Downtown: Are there other ways people can help if they can’t visit one of those restaurants on April 25th?
TA: Volunteer or donate to the Alliance for Positive Change.
Downtown: What are a few of your favorite participating restaurants?
TA: I never choose favorites! You can check out the full list of participating restaurants here.
Dining Out for Life is sponsored by Subaru of America as part of their Subaru Love Promise program. Dining Out For Life began in Philadelphia in 1991 and has since grown into an international event held across North America raising an average $4 million annually. The idea behind the single-day event is simple and effective: Dine Out, End HIV. Each restaurant donates a percentage of the day’s food sales, which goes to local organizations to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDs services. For more information, check out their website, Facebook, or Instagram.