34 others will try to beat triple-threat Trio Restaurant

Since 2006, people in the Coachella Valley have known that making a springtime donation to client services at Desert AIDS Project is as easy as having breakfast, lunch, dinner, a drink, a snack – or all of the above – on the last Thursday in April.

For 2013, participating restaurants from Palm Springs and Cathedral City to Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert are generously donating 33% to 75% of their April 25 sales to D.A.P., who hopes to beat last year’s total of just over $125,000 raised. To start deciding where you might want to have a meal or a cocktail to benefit HIV/AIDS services, just visit DiningOutForLife.com/PalmSprings. Make sure to check back periodically because YOUR favorite restaurant or bar may still decide to join the fun and the fundraising.

Bank of America returns for its eighth consecutive year as Presenting Sponsor for Dining Out for Life. “Our friends at Bank of America have been by our sides with Dining Out for Life since the first year. They seem to be our good luck charm in securing more participating restaurants and raising more money,” said David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project.”For three years, Trio Restaurant has been the top producer for Dining Out for Life – last year, Tony and Mark and the whole Trio crew brought us nearly $21,000 by contributing 60% of lunch and dinner sales! And our good friends Harold Matzner and chef Eric Wadlund at Spencer’s were close on their heels with nearly $16,000 from a 75% share of breakfast, lunch, AND dinner.”

In 2012, the third through seventh top-producing restaurants, each contributing $5,000 or more from the day’s sales were, in order: Lulu California Bistro, Wang’s in the Desert, Acqua Pazza, Amici Italian Restaurante, and Zin American Bistro. “Every year, the good-hearted competition ramps up,” Brinkman continued. “Who knows? Maybe some restaurant will come out of the blue this year and smoke them all.”

So make sure to save the date – Thursday, April 25. If you’ve got a smart phone, give yourself a reminder and use the mobile Dining Out for Life/Palm Spring site to search and sort alphabetically, by cuisine, or by the amount a particular restaurant is donating from the day’s sales. Desert AIDS Project will once again be using Facebook, Foursquare, Yelp, and Twitter to help volunteer restaurant ambassadors fill their chosen restaurants. And many of the participating restaurants use Open Table, an international sponsor for Dining Out for Life and a leading, online provider of free, real-time restaurant reservations.

Participating restaurants signed up thus far for Thursday, April 25 include Acqua Pazza, Alicante, Azul Restaurant, Cello’s, Citron Restaurant at the Viceroy Hotel, DiGS Bar, Eddie’s Frozen Yogurt, El Mirasol (South), El Mirasol at Los Arboles, Espresso Cielo, Guacamoles, Hamburger Mary’s, Hunter’s Bar, Il Sogno, Jake’s, Johnny Costa’s Ristorante, King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel, Leon’s Grill at the Desert Princess, LULU California Bistro, The Mirage Bistro at Wally’s Desert Turtle, Miro’s Restaurant, The Muse Café at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Greens Café, Peabody’s Café, Pinocchio in the Desert, Rainbow Bar & Grill, Riccio’s Steak and Seafood, Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill, Roscoe Grill, Spencer’s Restaurant, Sunshine Café, Trio Restaurant, Tropicale Restaurant, Wang’s in the Desert, and Zin American Bistro.

Dining Out for Life is a fundraising venture for outstanding HIV/AIDS service organizations and programs throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1991, Dining Out has been produced by local HIV/AIDS service organizations, ensuring that funds stay in the community where they are raised.


Desert AIDS Project serves people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the communities it serves. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, please call 760-323-2118, visit www.desertaidsproject.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.