Tomorrow is Dining Out for Life, an annual event that raises funds for HIV/AIDS services organizations through restaurants donating portions of their proceeds. In the East Bay, the proceeds will be donated to Vital Life Services, which “supports life with essential services for people living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. [Their] services include – but are not limited to – daily meals (breakfast & lunch), case management services, transportation, mental health therapy, facilities for the homeless, acupuncture, and massage.”
There are a couple dozen Oakland restaurants participating. Many of them are high end and a bit pricey, but there are some more reasonably priced options. You can check out the full list here.
As V Smoothe pointed out yesterday, Oakland restaurants have been hurting because people are afraid to eat out after the recent string of takeover style robberies. So while it’s important to go out tomorrow to support Vital Life Services, it’s also a great excuse to support a local business.
I’m going to try to get reservations tomorrow night at Pizzaiolo. It’s embarrassing, but though I live just a dozen blocks away, I’ve somehow never eaten there (the times I’ve tried to go, it’s just been too busy).
UPDATE: I shouldn’t have procrastinated so long – no reservations at Pizzaiolo until 9:15. No reservations at A Cote or Dopo either. So I’m going to B Restaurant, which I went to once and enjoyed, but it was late on a Friday night and I was fairly intoxicated so I thought I should check it out again.