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Dine Out May 1 To Support “A Taste For Life”

Dine Out May 1 To Support “A Taste For Life”

Join people in communities all across Canada for this annual fundraiser, taking place to support local AIDS Service Organizations.

The idea is simple — folks dine at one or more participating restaurants and 25% of the proceeds go directly to the AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW).

In 1999, Bruce House, the ACW’s counterpart in Ottawa and The Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation collaborated with 10 local restaurants for the first ever event. Patrons were invited to spend a special evening in their favourite establishments and restaurants agreed to donate a portion of the evening’s gross revenue from all food and bar sales, excluding taxes, to the charities. “A Taste For Life” is now a nation-wide event with 20+ participating cities and regions.

This marks the second “A Taste For Life” in our area. In 2018, over 400 diners participated at five restaurants to raise more than $2,600.

All funds raised support the ACW’s programs and services. Great prizes were raffled off; everyone — friends, family, coworkers, participating restaurants, and volunteers — enjoyed the event.

For this year on May 1 dine at any of these 10 local favourite establishments in Windsor/Essex County: Bubi’s Awesome Eats, Jack’s Gastropub, Armando’s Pizza (LaSalle, take out only), Slice of Pi, Toasty’s Grilled Cheese & Salad Bar, Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House, Garfield’s, The Salty Dog, The Liquid Library, and Souq.

Restaurants just love to be included! Jack’s Gastropub Owner Troy Loop, one of the first participating restaurants was again thrilled “to be part of ‘A Taste For Life’ fundraiser and we look forward to bigger and better things with this year’s event.”

In April some of the restaurants, including Jack’s, are featuring food specials to lead up to “A Taste For Life.”

The ACW wanted to give a special mention to now closed Downtown Pizza Company, one of the 2018 participating restaurants, and their late Owner Mark Boscariol, who said it was one of the most professionally run events they had ever been a part of. The agency is extremely appreciative of their tremendous support.

The ACW provides educational and support services to people living with, or at risk of, HIV and other blood borne illnesses, such as Hep C. 2018 marked 30 years that the ACW has been working in the Windsor Essex and Chatham Kent communities.

There are, however, still many challenges facing those the agency works with, including stigma and marginalization. “A Taste For Life” is a wonderful opportunity to break bread with people in this incredibly generous community, show your support, and take part in a fun national fundraiser.

To get involved you can contact Keely Murdock, Community & Volunteer Engagement Coordinator via email: [email protected] For more information on the event visit their website.

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