Nashville CARES hosts annual Dining Out for Life benefit

Nashville CARES, Middle Tennessee’s leading community-based AIDS service organization, will host its sixth-annual Dining Out For Life benefit on Tuesday, April 29, to raise money for HIV prevention education and support services to individuals and families living with HIV or AIDS across Middle Tennessee. Last year’s event raised $70,000 and was dubbed “Best Night to Dine Out” by the Nashville Scene 2007 Readers Poll.

Diners can choose from more than 50 restaurants donating a portion of food sales to Nashville CARES on April 29. This year for the first time three restaurants in Columbia, Tennessee will also take part to benefit Columbia CARES, a sister AIDS service organization. Dining Out for Life International coordinates similar events in more than 30 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada that raise more than $2 million for AIDS education and services.

“We’re grateful to have so many committed restaurants. They can serve well over 7,500 people,” says Nashville CARES event coordinator Jenean Davis. “So the key to success is participation; we simply ask people to make April 29 their day to dine out.”

Participating restaurants typically donate 30 percent of food sales from breakfast, lunch, dinner or a combination during the event, but many give more. Some notable exceptions are Red Restaurant, which will donate 100 percent of a Sunday brunch on April 27, as well as dinner on April 29, and Germantown Café, which will give 105 percent of dinner sales on April 29. See a complete listing of participating restaurants below and on the event’s Website at

A prize drawing for two domestic air tickets, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, will be held two weeks after the event. The drawing is open to all diners filling out a donation envelope. A donation is not required to enter the drawing.

CMT’s Katie Cook will be the celebrity host, and this year’s co-chairs are writer Kay West and restaurateur Wonnie Short, board members of Nashville CARES.

“There’s no more enjoyable way to raise funds than Dining Out for Life,” says West. “And it’s easy to take part…just choose a restaurant and go!”

Participating Restaurants:
Unless indicated, the meal is dinner and the donation is 30 percent of food sales.

  • Acorn Restaurant
  • Anatolia Turkish Restaurant
  • Back to Cuba Café (L,D) 100%
  • Batter'd & Fried/Wave Sushi Bar
  • Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
  • Boscos Nashville Brewing Co. (L)
  • Bound'ry
  • Caffe Nonna (L, D)
  • Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre (May 6)
  • City House
  • Eastland Cafe
  • Family Wash
  • Fido
  • Flyte World Dining & Wine
  • The Frothy Monkey (B, L)
  • Germantown Café 105%
  • Gerst Haus
  • The Gold Rush (L, D)
  • Goldie's Deli (L)
  • Jackson's Bar & Bistro
  • Kalamata's (L, D) 75%
  • Le Peep (B, L)
  • The Mad Platter
  • Mama Mia's 50%
  • Mambu 50%
  • Marche Artisan Foods (B, L, D)
  • Margot Café and Bar
  • Martha's at the Plantation (L)
  • Merchants Restaurant
  • Mirror
  • Noshville Delicatessen - Midtown
  • Noshville Delicatessen - Green Hills
  • Ombi Restaurant
  • Painturo's - Lebanon 50%
  • Park Cafe
  • Pizza Perfect - Bellevue
  • PM (L, D)
  • Provence Breads & Café -Downtown
  • Radius10
  • Rafferty's at 100 Oaks
  • Raz'z - Smyrna (L)
  • Raz'z Jazz Bar & Grill (L)
  • Red Restaurant 100% Brunch 4/27
  • Red Restaurant 100% Dinner 4/29
  • Rumba Rum Bar & Satay Grill 50%
  • Rumours East 50%
  • Rumours Wine & Art Bar 50%
  • Savarino's Cucina (L)
  • Sole Mio 50%
  • South Street
  • Tayst
  • Tin Angel
  • The Veggie Café (L, D)
  • Wild Iris
  • The Yellow Porch

Benefiting Columbia CARES:

  • Buckhead Coffee House (B, L)
  • La Fuenta Restaurant
  • Ranch House
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