Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley 2018 Raises $280,000
Local Restaurants Support Propels Greater Palm Springs
Seventy-five local restaurants and bars participated in Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley on April 26, raising $280,000 ($50,000 more than last year) for client services at Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.)   Residents were asked to ‘Make Three Meals Matter’ at participating locations throughout the day and over 10,000 Coachella Valley residents responded, raising enough funds to place Greater Palm Springs second in overall fundraising in North America.  “You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing someone wearing a ‘badge of honor’ – The I Dined stickers given to diners at participating locations.” Said event manager, George Sinatra.

Dining Out for Life is a national campaign held each year on the last Thursday in April throughout the United States and Canada to raise funds for AIDS Service Organizations.  Generous participating restaurants in the Coachella Valley committed to contributing 33% or more of their food, beverage, and liquor gross sales to support Desert AIDS Project. 
“Only Denver, who had three times more participating restaurants, raised more funds this year,” said Chief Development Officer, Darrell Tucci who attended the North American Dining Out for Life Conference last week where results were announced.  “To be the smallest market in population driving the second largest results is absolutely extraordinary and something we should all be proud of.  Other markets have more participating restaurants, but no other market can boast the level of commitment shown by restaurants in Greater Palm Springs.”

Leading the way in fundraising this year was Spencer’s Restaurant, which was joined by Lulu California Bistro and Trio as the top three fundraising restaurants in all of North America. Together, they raised a combined total of $61,679.   Each of the top three restaurants are long-time supporters of Desert AIDS Project and other Coachella Valley nonprofits.  Five local restaurants donated 100% or more of their day’s proceeds to D.A.P. — Townie Bagels, Holiday House, The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge, Ristretto for Coffee Lovers, and Rooster and the Pig.  Rooster and the Pig wait staff chose to also donate their tips from the evening to raise funds for client services at Desert AIDS Project.
SAVE THE DATE: Dining Out for Life Greater Palm Springs is Thursday, April 25, 2019
2019 Dining Out for Life Event will introduce dynamic new branding that introduces a colorful new campaign focused on the experience of a community dining together.  Local restaurants that wish to participate next year should contact George Sinatra at Desert AIDS Project.  Sinatra believes this local event is the perfect opportunity to get into action and volunteer.   “This event is about making a connection and an impact over the dinner table.  Residents who don’t own a restaurant can get involved by signing up to volunteer as an ambassador at one of the participating locations.”
Sponsors of Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley included:  Bank of America, Sysco Riverside, City of Palm Springs, The Desert Sun, Hop Valley Brewing Co.
Donated 100%

Townie – Bagels Bakery Cafe – 110% All Day
The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge – Lunch
Holiday House – Lunch
Ristretto For Coffee Lovers – All Day
Rooster and the Pig – Dinner
Donated 75%
Earnest Coffee – All Day
Spencer's Restaurant – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Zin American Bistro – Lunch, Dinner
Donated 60%
Blackbook – All Day
Chill Bar – All Day
Tool Shed – All Day
Trio Restaurant – Lunch, Dinner
Donated 50%
533 Viet Fusion (formerly Pho 533) – Lunch, Dinner
Acqua California Bistro – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine – Palm Desert – Lunch, Dinner
Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine – Palm Springs – Lunch, Dinner
Jake's – Lunch, Dinner
LULU California Bistro – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Kitchen @ Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs – Lunch, Dinner
Over The Rainbow Cupcakes – All Day
RetroRoom Lounge – Evening
Revel Public House (formerly Alicante) -All Day
Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill – Dinner
Sunshine Cafe – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Vinny's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard – All Day
Donated 33%
AC3 Restaurant and Bar – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Alebrije Bistro Mexico – Lunch, Dinner
Aspen Mills Bakery & Cafe – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bernie's Lounge and Supper Club – Dinner
Blaze Pizza – Palm Desert – Lunch
Blaze Pizza – Palm Springs – Lunch
Bonta Restaurant & Bar – Dinner
Catalan Mediterranean Restaurant – Dinner
Carousel Bakery – Lunch
Chef Tanya’s Kitchen – Lunch, Dinner
Chicken Ranch – All Day
Copa Palm Springs – Evening
Copley's On Palm Canyon – Dinner
Cuistot – Lunch
Dead or Alive Bar – Evening
Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge – Lunch, Dinner
Elmer's – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
El Mirasol at Los Arboles – Lunch, Dinner
El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana – Lunch, Dinner
Escena Lounge & Grill – Dinner
FARM – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Guacamoles – Lunch, Dinner
Haus of Poke – Lunch, Dinner
The Hood Bar & Pizza – Lunch, Dinner
Ice Cream & Shoppe – All Day
Juniper Table – Breakfast, Lunch
Kaiser Grille – Palm Springs – Lunch, Dinner
Kaiser Grille – Palm Desert – Lunch, Dinner
King's Highway at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Le Donne Cucina Italiana – Dinner
Maracas Cantina & Grill – Palm Springs – Lunch, Dinner
Michael Holmes' Purple Room – Dinner
Native Foods – Lunch, Dinner
Nicolino’s Palm Springs – Dinner
Nicolino’s Cathedral City – Dinner
Oscar's Cafe & Bar – Lunch, Dinner
Peaks Restaurant – Top of the Tram – Dinner
Pinocchio in the Desert – Breakfast, Lunch
Purple Palm – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Reservoir – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sherman's Deli & Bakery – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
SO PA at L'Horizon Resort and Spa – Dinner
Stacy's @ Palm Springs – All Day
Tipper's Gourmet Marketplace – Breakfast, Lunch
Three Sixty North – Dinner
The Tropicale – Dinner
Trunks – All Day
Venezia – Dinner
Wang's in the Desert – Dinner
Watercress Vietnamese Bistro – Lunch, Dinner