Spreading the Wealth

If there was ever a good time to eat out, it’s Nov. 29. On that day, filling your belly will have the rare distinction of helping thousands of other people fill their own.

This year, over 80 Sonoma County restaurants are participating in Dining Out for Life, an annual dine-and-donate style fundraiser to raise money for HIV and AIDS service organizations in North America. It really is as simple as it sounds: go out to eat, and the restaurant will donate a percentage of your bill to Food for Thought, the Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank. Last year, the event raised over $125,000 in Sonoma County alone.

This year, Santa Rosa’s California Thai leads the charge by donating a whopping 75 percent of its food sales for the day. A handful are giving 50 percent of sales, including Forchetta Bastoni, JoJo Sushi, K&L Bistro, Sunshine Coffee Roasters, Trio and Corks at Russian River Vineyards. All others have committed to 25 percent contributions. Find a full list of the 84 restaurants participating at www.diningoutforlife.com/sonomacounty.