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Dining Out for Life

On Thursday, April 25, 2013, diners across the DC area will join hundreds of thousands to stand up against HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by sitting down at restaurants participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life. Food & Friends is holding the event in conjunction with the national movement, joining more than 3,000 restaurants in 60 cities to raise millions of dollars for local AIDS service organizations.

Now in its 17th year in Washington, DC, Food & Friends enlists the benevolence of area eateries–from Hyattsville to Shirlington, from Dupont Circle to Georgetown–in support of more than 2,900 people in the community who benefit from the organization’s nutrition services. More than 100 area restaurants have pledged to contribute 25% to 110% of that day’s proceeds to directly benefit Food & Friends’ programs and clients in the National Capital Region.

Last year, more than 25,000 diners, restaurants and volunteers participated in Dining Out for Life raising more than $300,000. In 2013, Food & Friends is thrilled to have more than 100 restaurants on board, including those that are donating their entire evening’s proceeds to Food & Friends – Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant (110%), Annie’s Paramount Steak House (100%) and Ristorante Tosca (100%).

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.

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