Weekly Feature



2010-04-20 / Lifestyles

Donate your appetite to the fight against AIDS

by KATE MOCKLER
Reporter
D o your plans this Tuesday evening involve a trip to the grocery store or some quality time with your DVR? If so, it’s a good night to change things up a little as the eighth annual Dining Out D For Life event comes to Western New York.

On Tuesday, April 27, if you visit one of the 100 area restaurants participating in Dining Out For Life, at least 25 percent of your check will be donated to AIDS Community Services of Western New York.

Dining Out For Life is a national movement to raise money for AIDS treatment, research and prevention. Each city donates the proceeds of its event to an organization that serves people in the community with HIV.

In the past seven years, Dining Out For Life has raised $440,000 for AIDS Community Services of Western New York. The goal this year is to raise $125,000 through the event, bringing it over the half-million-dollar mark.

Michael and Marilynn Militello of Snyder are chairing the event for the third year. Amherst residents Kathleen and Todd Best will serve as vice chairs of the event this year and take over as chairs next year. Russell Salvatore is the honorary chair of Dining Out For Life.

Michael and Marilynn Militello are the chairs of this year’s Dining Out for Life event. Their daughter, also named Marilynn, is promoting the event through social networking. Michael and Marilynn Militello are the chairs of this year’s Dining Out for Life event. Their daughter, also named Marilynn, is promoting the event through social networking. The Militellos’ daughter, who is also named Marilynn, has been overseeing social networking for the event.

“As we’re progressing in time, it becomes important to reach a different demographic and get to the next generation,” she explained.

It is possible to become a fan of Dining Out For Life on Facebook and also to follow it on Twitter. The Twitter username is “diningoutwny.”

Nineteen new restaurants will participate

in the event this year. Ambassadors

from the event will be on hand at each participating restaurant to greet diners. Envelopes for extra donations will also be available.

Michael Militello encourages Western New Yorkers to use the event as an opportunity to try a restaurant they’ve never visited before.

“It shows restaurants the value of doing this,” he said.

Metzger’s Pub, at 4135 Seneca St. in West Seneca, is participating in the event for the second year.

Manager Dawn Metzger became involved in Dining Out For Life through Queen City Roller Girls. A fellow Roller Girl asked her to help with the event last year.

“Everyone had a really fun time last year,” Metzger recalled. “The Queen City Roller Girls came and helped bus tables. We had a full dining room, we made money for the event, everyone was happy.”

The Queen City Roller Girls will return to Metzger’s this year for Dining Out For Life. Militello emphasized that it’s not too late for restaurants to choose to participate.

“If you’re interested, it’s as easy as picking up the phone or going online. We’ll take care of the rest. It’s not too late,” he says.

Christopher Voltz, the director of marketing and special projects for AIDS Community Services, says that the funds raised through Dining Out For Life are critically important.

“We have leeway in how we can spend them. In tough economic times like these, our food pantry is nearly wiped out. The money [from Dining Out For Life] goes right back out,” Voltz said, adding that the agency has lost 23 percent of its state funding in the last year. Funds raised through Dining Out For Life have allowed it to maintain services at a time when the need is most critical.

Voltz says the fastest-growing group of HIV-positive people are women and children.

“It touches everybody, so why wouldn’t I go out and have dinner Tuesday night?” said Militello.

To learn more, visit www.diningoutforlifewny. com or call 847-0340. To learn more about the work of AIDS Community Services, visit www.aidscommunityservices.com. Help fight AIDS by dining at... Buffalo Boomerang’s 5 & 10* .... 883-0408

995 Niagara St., Buffalo

Caz Coffee Café .... 825-7806

688 Abbott Road, Buffalo

Cecelia’s Ristorante* .... 883-8066

716 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Cole’s .... 886-1449

1104 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo Harry’s Harbour Place Grille .... 874-5400

2192 Niagara St., Buffalo

J. P. Bullfeathers .... 886-1010

1010 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

juniper* .... 885-5239

810 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Left Bank .... 882-3509

511 Rhode Island St., Buffalo

Mode Urban Bistro .... 885-1500

520 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Mythos .... 886-9175

510 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Nektar Restaurant .... 881-1829

451 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Oliver’s Restaurant* .... 877-9662

2095 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

Pano’s on Elmwood* .... 886-9081

1081 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

SeaBar City .... 332-2928

475 Ellicott St., Buffalo The Wine Thief Wine Bar &Bistro .... 332-2929

431 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Toro Tapas Bar .... 886-9457

492 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Trattoria Aroma .... 881-7592

307 Bryant St., Buffalo Campus House at Buffalo State College .... 878-3300

1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Cheektowaga/Depew: Alton’s Restaurant .... 681-7055

2250 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga

Citta di Militello .... 632-0500

760 Wehrle Drive, Cheektowaga Mr. Bill’s Restaurant & Bar .... 634-0783

1500 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga

French Pub .... 668-8080

1250 French Road, Depew

Downtown/Allentown

31 Club .... 332-3131

31 North Johnson Park, Buffalo

Allen Street Hardware .... 882-8843

245 Allen St., Buffalo Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant .... 854-9463

56 West Chippewa St., Buffalo

Betty’s .... 362-0633

370 Virginia St., Buffalo

Bijou Grille .... 847-1512

643 Main St., Buffalo Campieri’s Gourmet Pizza .... 362-0161

888 Main St., Buffalo

Century Grill* .... 853-6322

320 Pearl St., Buffalo

Chef’s Restaurant .... 856-9187

291 Seneca St., Buffalo

DiT ondo’s Tavern.... 85

370 Seneca St., Buffalo EM Statler Dining Room (ECC City)** .... 851-1092

121 Ellicott St., Buffalo

Encore Restaurant .... 931-5001

492 Pearl St., Buffalo

Fat Bob’s Smokehouse* .... 887-2971

41 Virginia Place, Buffalo

Fiddle Heads Restaurant .... 883-4166

62 Allen St., Buffalo

La Tee Da Café .... 881-4500

(Wed, April 28) 206 Allen St., Buffalo

Lagniappes .... 883-FOOD

244 Allen St., Buffalo

Merge .... 842-0600

439 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

Papaya .... 856-2444

118 West Chippewa St., Buffalo

Quaker Bonnet Eatery* .... 884-0435

175 Allen St., Buffalo

Sample Restaurant* .... 883-1675

242 Allen St., Buffalo

Scarlet ... 884-2630

26 Virginia Place, Buffalo

Snooty Fox Lounge .... 843-3699

445 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

The Gourmet Store .... 855-1970

300 Pearl St. (Olympic Towers),

Buffalo

The Stillwater .... 884-9283

481 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

Towne Restaurant .... 884-5128

186 Allen St., Buffalo

Niagara County/ Tonawandas Indian Grill .... 433-8899

80 Main St., Lockport

Manhattan’s .... 433-7060

4206 Lake Ave., Lockport

Fortuna’s .... 282-2252

827 19th St., Niagara Falls

Crazy Jake’s .... 693-9309

26 Webster St., North Tonawanda

The Hideaway Grille .... 694-2710

399 Division St., North Tonawanda

Richard’s on Main .... 807-0888

561 Main St., Tonawanda

North Buffalo/Kenmore May Jen Chinese Restaurant .... 832-5162

47 Kenmore Ave., Amherst

DiGiulio & Co. .... 446-1673

1673 Hertel Ave., Buffalo

Empire Grill .... 446-0700

1435 Hertel Ave., Buffalo Gramma Mora’s Mexican Restaurant .... 837-6703

1463 Hertel Ave., Buffalo

La Dolce Vita .... 446-5690

1472 Hertel Ave., Buffalo

Ristorante Lombardo* .... 873-4291

1198 Hertel Ave., Buffalo Shango Bistro and Wine Bar .... 837-2326

3260 Main St., Buffalo

Amici Ristorante .... 874-0143

2516 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore Jovi’s Italian Grille & Bistro .... 874-9103

2795 Delaware Ave., Kenmore O’Connell’s American Bistro .... 877-8788

981 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore

Southern Tier Alfie’s Restaurant* .... 488-7410

986 Fairmount Ave., Jamestown

Ellicottville Brewing West...679-7939

34 West Main St., Fredonia

Fenton Grill .... 664-6204

2 East Second St., Jamestown

Forte .... 484-6063

114 East Third St., Jamestown

House of Petillo .... 664-7457

382 Hunt Road, Jamestown

Scallion Bistro .... 763-0051

60 Chautauqua Ave., Lakewood

Towne Club @ 210 Pine .... 664-6210

210 Pine St., Jamestown

Jones 212 Bakery & Café .... 338-9721

212 Pine St., Jamestown

Southtowns: BW’s Smokin’ Barrels Barbecue .... 824-7455

5007 Lake Ave., Blasdell

Dock at the Bay .... 823-8247

3800 Hoover Road, Blasdell

Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant .... 825-3675

3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell

Blue Lantern .... 652-BLUE

6120 Seneca St., Elma Root Five Waterfront Restaurant .... 627-5551

4914 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg Curly’s Grill and Banquet Center .... 824-9716

647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna

Mulberry Cafe .... 822-4392

64 Jackson Ave., Lackawanna

Mangia Ristorante .... 662-9467

4264 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park

Metzger’s Pub .... 674-9897

4135 Seneca St., West Seneca

Williamsville/ Amherst Brodo .... 635-1117

4548 Main St., Amherst

Scotch N’ Sirloin .... 837-4900

3999 Maple Road, Amherst

The King and I .... 839-2950

2188 Kensington Ave., Amherst

Frog Hair Grille & Golf .... 839-3764

7800 Transit Road, Amherst Salvatore’s Italian Gardens* .... 683-7990

6461 Transit Road, Depew

Lebros Restaurant .... 688-0404

330 Campbell Boulevard, Getzville

Siena .... 839-3108

4516 Main St., Snyder

Sonoma Grille .... 204-0251

5010 Main St., Snyder

800 Maple .... 688-5800

800 Maple Road, Amherst

Black & Blue Steak and Crab .... 839-2525

5493 Sheridan Drive, Amherst Brennan’s Bowery Bar & Restaurant .... 633-9630

4401 Transit Road, Clarence

Creekview .... 632-9373

5629 Main St., Williamsville

Irishman Pub & Eatery .... 626-2670

5601 Main St., Williamsville

Pizza Plant Italian Pub .... 632-0847

8020 Transit Road, Amherst

Pizza Plant Italian Pub .... 656-5566

5110 Main St. (Walker Center), Amherst Russell’s Steaks, Chops, & More* .... 636-4900

6625 Transit Road, Williamsville Statler’s Erie Room Restaurant (ECC North) .... 851-1381

6205 Main St., Amherst

Tand oori’s.... 63

7740 Transit Road, Amherst

Thai Orchid Café .... 565-2094

416 Evans St., Williamsville

Verbena Grille .... 580-3125

930 Maple Road, Amherst

* = 50 percent donation ** = 100 percent donation

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