Thursday, December 1 marks the fifteenth year Food For Thought hosts
Sonoma County’s annual Dining Out For Life event, which is also World AIDS Day. 87 area
restaurants and cafes will participate, donating 25% or 50% of the day’s sales to Food For
Thought, which provides life-giving nutritional services to over 800 men, women, and
children living with HIV and other serious illnesses in Sonoma County.
Dining Out For Life is a unique event where people can enjoy lunch or dinner at their favorite
restaurants knowing that they are also benefiting their friends and neighbors in need. “It’s
our biggest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from Dining Out for Life ensure that we’re
able to keep providing fresh groceries, a congregate lunch program, produce from our organic
garden, vitamins and supplements, and nutrition education to our clients, who receive these
services for free and for as long as they need them,” said Ron Karp, executive director of Food
HIV remains a significant challenge in Sonoma County, as more people are affected by the
epidemic than ever before. Dining Out For Life is an international event held in over 65 cities
in the U.S. and Canada, raising $4 million annually for HIV/AIDS-related services. Food For
Thought hopes to raise over $165,000 to support its work from this event.
More restaurants and more types of restaurants than ever before are participating in Dining
Out For Life. Diners can enjoy a fast-casual dining experience or a farm-to-table meal utilizing
the best ingredients Sonoma County has to offer. The complete restaurant list is available at
Participating establishments are located in Bodega Bay, Cotati, Forestville, Graton,
Guerneville, Healdsburg, Occidental, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma,
Valley Ford, and Windsor.