Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Thursday's Dining Out for Life Fuses Appetizers with Altruism

By John Birdsall
Tue, Apr 24, 2007 at 12:05 AM

Thursday may be the one day of the year when you can simultaneously stuff yourself and feel good - about others, that is. Some 60 local restaurants are participating in this year's fifth annual East Bay Dining Out for Life, pledging at least 25 percent of Thursday's take to Vital Life Services. The Oakland organization provides meals and other services to people with HIV/AIDs and other illnesses. Props to Spiesekammer in Alameda for upping its pledge to 30 percent, and to Unicorn Pan Asian Cuisine in Berkeley, Furenzu in Emeryville, and La Taza de Café in Oakland for promising 35 percent. Three Berkeley restaurants - Bui, Zatar, and Café Rouge have all pledged a hefty 50 percent. If you want to donate but can't make it out on Thursday, you can give directly via the Vital Life Services website. But hey, you might as well chow on steak frites while you're doing good. Check to see if your restaurant of choice is participating for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or all three) and call for a rezzy.

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