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Dining Out For Life — April 24, 2008
14th Annual Event Benefiting The Aliveness Project

WHAT:    14th Annual Dining Out for Life 2008.  In one exciting evening, patrons of over 130 Minnesota area restaurants will come together to benefit The Aliveness Project.  Patrons enjoy fun and fine dining with a portion of the proceeds funding the fight against HIV/AIDS.

WHEN:    Thursday, April 24, 2008 at restaurants in the Twin Cities and Duluth.

The Aliveness Project is proud to announce that Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11 meteorologist, has agreed to be the celebrity spokesperson for their 14th annual “Dining Out For Life” fundraiser on Thursday, April 24, 2008.  Dine out on April 24, 2008 at one of over 130 participating restaurants throughout the Twin Cities metro area and Duluth and a portion of your total check will help people living with HIV/AIDS.  Proceeds of the 14th annual Dining Out for Life event will benefit The Aliveness Project, a nonprofit organization that provides hot meals, food shelf service, complementary medical therapies, holiday baskets, case management and educational services to individuals living with HIV and their families. 

The mission of The Aliveness Project is to encourage self-empowerment and provide direct services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  Last year, The Aliveness Project served over 1,400individuals – which is one of four Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS.

Dining Out for Life is an international event held in over 45 cities in the United States and Canada.  “This is a unique opportunity for people to join in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Just choose one of our restaurants and enjoy your meal or meals with a group of friends — all you have to donate is your appetite!” said Aliveness Project’s Executive Director, Joe Larson.

“Dining Out for Life has benefited The Aliveness Project for the past twelve years,” added Larson.  “Last year Dining Out for Life raised over $112,000.00 to support our services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in our community. This year, we are excited to have even more restaurants participating during breakfast, lunch or dinner on April 24.”

Established in 1985, The Aliveness Project is a community drop-in center located in south Minneapolis and dedicated to serving people living with HIV/AIDS. The Aliveness Project provides nutritious meals, a food shelf, complementary health therapies, holiday baskets, case management and educational resources to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Last year, more than 1,450 individuals living with HIV used our services — which is one out for four Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS.

Hundreds of their family members also benefit from the food shelf, meal program, holiday baskets and other services offered by The Aliveness Project. Approximately 45% of the people who use these services are people of color and the majority of them live in poverty and in dire need of these services.

Dining Out for Life is a wonderful opportunity for our local community members to actively support much-needed services for those in need.  “It’s a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and have a good time, while at the same time doing something good for our local HIV/AIDS community. More than two-thirds of our church membership participated last year and we’re already planning for this year,” stated Pastor Mary Albing of Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer in south Minneapolis.

This year’s participating restaurants include:  128 Café, 318 Café, Ah Sa Wan, al Vento, Anemoni Sushi and Oyster Bar, Angelo’s Italian Restaurant (South St. Paul), Anodyne Coffehouse, Arezzo Ristorante, At Sara’s Table/Chester Creek Café (Duluth), Azia Restaurant and the Caterpillar Lounge, Ba-Gu Sushi, Barbette, Basil’s, Beaujo’s Wine Bar & Bistro, Bella Sera, Birchwood Café, Black Bamboo, Blackbird, Black Dog Café, Black Forest Inn, Buca di Beppo (five metro locations), Buona Sera, Cafe Brenda, Café Ena, Café Twenty-Eight, Carmelo’s Ristorante, C.C. Club, Checkered Apron Cafe, Chiang Mai Thai, Chianti Grill (Burnsville), Chianti Grill (Falcon Heights), Christos Greek Restaurant, Christos Greek Restaurant (Minnetonka), Christos Union Depot Place, Clicquot Club Café, Colossal Café, Common Roots Cafe, Conga Latin Bistro, The Craftsman, Cupcake, Curran’s Restaurant, Da Afghan Restaurant, Eden Avenue Grill, El Meson, El Nuevo Rodeo, Erte and Peacock Lounge, Falafel King, Fat Lorenzo’s,  Firelake Grill and Cocktail Bar, Fireroast Mountain Café, First Course, Galactic Pizza, Giorgio’s, Grand Café, Great Waters Brewing Company, The Green Room (Waconia), Gusto Café & Wine Bar, The Herkimer Pub & Brewery, Hot Plate, Il Vesco Vino, The Imperial Room, The Independent, It’s Greek to Me, Jakeeno’s Pizza & Pasta, Jay’s Cafe, Jitter’s Coffee & Tea House (Duluth), Joe’s Garage Restaurant, Kafe 421, Khyber Pass Café, The King and I Thai, Koyi Sushi, Kramarczuks East European Deli, La Belle Vie (lounge only), La Fonda de Los Lobos, Little Sushi on the Prairie, Lone Spur Grill & Bar, Mairin’s Table, Manny’s Tortas, Mavericks Real Roast Beef (Roseville), May Day Café, Maynard’s Restaurant-Excelsior, McCoy’s Public House, Minneapolis Eagle, Modern Café, Moose and Sadie’s, Nalapak, Ngon Vietnamese Bistro, Pancho Villa’s Grill, Papa’s Pizza and Pasta, Pastrami Jack’s Deli, Pi Bar and Restaurant, Pizza Luce-Duluth, Pizza Luce (all Minneapolis & St. Paul locations), POP! Restaurant, The Purple Onion Café, Rail Station Bar & Grill, Rainbow Chinese Restaurant, Red Stag Supperclub, Rudolph’s Bar-B-Que, The Saloon Grill, The Sample Room, Sapor Café/Bar, Sauced/formerly Rix Restaurant, Sawatdee St. Paul, Sawatdee Thai Restaurant (Washington Avenue), Seward Café, Solera, Spill The Wine, Spoonriver, St. Clair Broiler, St. Martin’s Table, Supatra’s Thai Cuisine, Tam-Tam’s African Restaurant, Temple Restaurant, Toast Wine Bar & Cafe, Trattoria da Vinci, Trotter’s Café, Victor’s 1959 Café, View Restaurant & Lounge, Vina Restaurant – Richfield, W.A.Frost, Woolley’s-St. Paul, and Yum! (take-out only).

For more information about Dining Out for Life, including a list of participating restaurants,
➢    Visit The Aliveness Project’s website at
➢    Visit the international Dining Out for Life website at
➢    Call The Aliveness Project at 612-824-LIFE (5433).

All proceeds raised from Dining Out for Life support local services. Individual donations also may be sent to: The Aliveness Project, 730 East 38th Street, Minneapolis MN, 55407, or be processed online at

  3 Responses to “Dining Out for Life- April 24, 2008”

  1. I am going to read up here before we make our next venture to the cities. :) Thanx!

  2. Sven Sundgaard a celebrity? Sure ya betcha!
    Just stopping by!

  3. Thank you for posting this – I will definitely try to check out one of those places that day!

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