A powerful story about the impact of a community in action.

Eighty-three local restaurants, bars, bakeries and coffee shops participated in Dining Out for Life on April 25, 2019, donating 33% or more of their food, beverage, and liquor gross sales to support Desert AIDS Project. Setting a record this year, fifteen participants donated 50% or more. The local event, which raised $307,000, was part of the larger Dining Out for Life program which occurs on the last Thursday of April each year.  In 2019, there were 49 Dining Out For Life events throughout North America. 2,459 restaurants participated, and with the support of 4,000 volunteers and 400,000 diners, more than $4 million was raised to support local HIV services.

Harold Matzner donated 100% of Spencer’s gross revenue in honor of his friend, Barbara Keller who championed the mission of DAP and for whom DAP’s main building will be renamed ‘The Barbara Keller LOVE Building’.  Matzner’s restaurant was the top fundraising location in North America for the second year in a row joined by Lulu California Bistro and Trio Restaurant as the top three fundraising locations.  Jointly, the three locations raised over $74,000.

Locally, the event generates great community pride of place.  Greater Palm Springs raised more funds than cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, and San Francisco.   “This is a powerful story about the impact of generous restaurants and our local community.” Said Desert AIDS Project’s Chief Development Officer, Darrel Tucci who credits the generosity of Great Palm Springs business owners for raising a record amount this year for client services at Desert AIDS Project (DAP).  “Palm Springs is the smallest participating market, but because of their commitment to DAP, we were second in overall fundraising again this year.  No other market can boast the level of commitment shown in Greater Palm Springs.”

Beyond fundraising to support DAP’s clients and services, the event generates community awareness of HIV/AIDS and supports Desert AIDS Project’s mission to enhance health and well-being of its community. Desert AIDS Project provides compassionate care for 6,500 patients and clients.  Desert AIDS Project’s goal and specialty is helping people achieve overall health. DAP is in the midst of a capital campaign, D.A.P. Vision 2020, which when fully funded, will enable it to double the number of patients and clients served.  Desert AIDS Project CEO, David Brinkman explains why the expansion is so important.  “There are 27,000 transgender individuals in our service area that need culturally competent care.  40,000 low income residents near DAP are still without healthcare and our neighbors facing a mental health crisis often wait weeks or months for an appointment.  Treatment for addiction, is often out of reach and affordable housing is almost non-existent in Palm Springs.  The future of DAP is humanitarian, moving individuals into care and onward toward a life of wellness.

Brinkman reflected on the impact of Dining Out for Life Greater Palm Springs. “Few other events bring DAP closer to our tap root of community action. DAP was founded on unconditional love and guided by community members who defined and funded solutions to help those in need. I hope the community shares our great sense of pride in being home to the top three fundraising restaurants in North America for the third year in a row.”  Over 10,000 residents ‘made one meal matter’ at participating locations throughout the day sporting their ‘I Dined’ badges of honor. 

Sponsors of Dining Out for Life Greater Palm Springs included Sysco Riverside, Nonstop Wellness, NBC Palm Springs, The Desert Sun, CV Independent, Standard Magazine, Gay Desert Guide.  The date for Dining Out for Life Greater Palm Springs 2020 is Thursday, April 30.



2019 Dining Out For Life Participating Locations


Donated 100% +

Ernest Coffee – 1-4 PM

Townie – Bagels Bakery Cafe – 110% All Day

The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge – 200% Lunch (reservations required)

Oscar’s Cafe & Bar – All Day

The Pantry at Holiday House – 200% Lunch (reservations required)

Paul Bar/Food – Dinner

Ristretto For Coffee Lovers – All Day

Rooster and the Pig – Dinner

Spencer’s Restaurant – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Donated 69%

Blackbook – All Day

Donated 60%

Tool Shed – All Day

Trio Restaurant – Lunch, Dinner

Donated 50%

533 Viet Fusion (formerly Pho 533) – Lunch, Dinner

Acqua California Bistro – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

blueEmber – Lunch, Dinner

Bongo Johnny’s – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Carousel Bakery – Lunch

Chill Bar – All Day

Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine – Palm Desert – Lunch, Dinner

Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine – Palm Springs – Dinner

FARM – Breakfast, Lunch

Gelato Grannucci – All Day

Jake’s – Lunch, Dinner

Koutouki Greek Estiatorio – Lunch, Dinner

LULU California Bistro – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Over The Rainbow Cupcakes – All Day

Purple Room Supper Club  – Dinner

Retro Room Lounge – Bar

Revel Public House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill – Lunch, Dinner

Shop(pe) – All Day

Sunshine Cafe – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tac/Quila – Lunch, Dinner

Vinny’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard – All Day

Zin American Bistro – Lunch, Dinner


Donated 33%

AC3 Restaurant and Bar –  Dinner

Alebrije Bistro Mexico – Dinner

Aspen Mills Bakery & Cafe – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bernie’s Lounge and Supper Club – Dinner

Bonta Restaurant & Bar – Dinner

Brandini Toffee – All Day

Cafe’ Palmetto – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen – Lunch, Dinner

Chicken Ranch – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Copa Palm Springs – Evening

Copley’s On Palm Canyon – Dinner

Cuistot – Lunch

Dead or Alive Bar – Evening

Del Rey – Dinner

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge – Lunch, Dinner

El Jefe – Lunch, Dinner

Elmer’s – Breakfast, Lunch

El Mirasol at Los Arboles – Lunch, Dinner

El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana – Lunch, Dinner

Escena Lounge & Grill – Dinner

Grand Central – Dinner

HooDoo – Dinner

The Hood Bar & Pizza – Lunch, Dinner

Johannes – Dinner

John Henry’s – Dinner

Johnny Costa’s – Dinner

Juniper Table – Dinner

Justin Eat & Drink – Dinner

Kaiser Grille – Palm Springs – Dinner

Kaiser Grille – Palm Desert – Dinner

King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Le Donne Cucina Italiana – Dinner

Moxie – All Day

On The Mark – Lunch

Peabody’s – Breakfast, Lunch

Pinocchio in the Desert – Breakfast, Lunch

Purple Palm – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ricks Desert Grill – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Runway – All Day

Santorini Gyro – Lunch, Dinner

Sherman’s Deli & Bakery – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stacy’s @ Palm Springs – All Day

The Broken Yolk – Breakfast

The Palms Cafe – Breakfast

The Tropicale – Dinner

Toucans – 4PM to Closing

Wilma & Frieda’s Palm Springs – Dinner