Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 4th for the 17th Annual Dine Out for Life in Louisville. Last year 53 cities and 3,253 restaurants raised $4.27 million to support those who are affected or have HIV/AIDS. In 2012, Louisvillians raised $80,000 for the House of Ruth, a nonprofit that offers housing and support services with a holistic focus on individuals who are HIV-positive, as well as their family members who count on them for financial and emotional support.
Katrina Hutchins, the Director of Development for House of Ruth, says their goal this year is to pass the $100,000 mark. “Most people think that Dine Out for Life is just a dinner event, but we want to push people to dine out all day long for breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream, or even a drink afterwards at Chill Bar,” says Katrina.
In Louisville there are 43 restaurant participating in 2013, (see the event poster below), with 25% of their total proceeds that day being donated to the charity.
When you dine at any participating restaurant in Louisville you will see table tents marking the occasion, event posters, and be greeted by a Dining Out for Life Ambassador to answer questions about the charity and explain how the event works. This ambassador is also registering every diner who participates to win a week long vacation getaway in Mexico. If you are unable to participate that day, you can also donate online at www.houseofruth.net.
Atlantic No. 5 http://www.atlanticno5.com/ a bistro style, fast-casual restaurant on 605 W. Main Street, is open and ready for business. From the folks who brought us Rye, http://ryeonmarket.com/, this tiny soup, sandwich, and salad joint was named after the 1920’s silver domed lunch boxes that came in different models, one being Atantic No. 5. To pay homage to the name when you enter the restaurant you are greeted with 70s and 80s style lunch boxes decorating the wall. The menu is small, but tasty, check it out:
Open Monday to Friday: 8AM - 6PM and Saturday: 10AM - 2PM.
There are some cool perks about writing a food blog like going to restaurant openings, talking on the radio, or getting press releases about food events before they hit the general public. One of the negatives? Folks coming up to me and asking where they should go to dinner. Seems innocent enough right? Until the conversation goes like this:
“Hey Megabites, thinking about taking the wife out tonight, where should I go?”
“I really like La Coop, have you checked that out?” I’d say.
“No, I’m in the mood for something lighter,” they’d retort.
It continues on for 10 minutes just like that. Well no more! From now on I’ll point them to an outstanding and FREE foodie phone app called Local View. Local View is free on Android and iPhone and focuses on restaurants in Louisville and Bowling Green. Created by Bowling Green natives Eric Littleton, Jay Brown, and Jon Matar, this app has a goal in mind not only to reveal great local foodie spots but to also give you free restaurant deals, similar to Groupon or Living Social, but without having to pay for the deal. Check out the interface:
Currently there are 34 deals on the app right now like:
As mentioned the deals you can get are free, instead of having to buy the coupon and wait 24 hours like the typical daily deal models, and then the merchants pay a small percentage to LocalView when you redeem a deal at their business. The app also pulls a ton of information from online event calendars, Yelp, and Open Table, then geotargets your location to show you every restaurant in the area with their online reviews, menu, hours, events, and the phone number.
Like trivia? A couple of swipes on the app and boom every trivia is listed within a radius. Looking for a happy hour? This app will tell you the prices and happy hour times of restaurants close to you. Or if you want your stomach to do the deciding, there is a food porn picture section called “Feast Your Eyes” where you can upload your pictures or view great dishes. When you click on the meal the exact location it came from pops up.
Business First reported that about 60 restaurants have signed up for the app. With folks flocking to these deals I’m sure there will be plenty more restaurants joining soon!