On September 20th, Moveable Feast will celebrate 25 years of Dining Out For Life in Baltimore, to support its mission to provide over 700,000 healthy meals at no cost to nearly 5,000 Maryland residents living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other critical and life-threatening illnesses that make it difficult for them to access healthy meals.
So far 60 restaurants throughout the Baltimore area have signed on to contribute between 25 and 50% of the total sales of the meals they serve during lunch or dinner on September 20th to support Moveable Feast, and their belief that “food is medicine.” Most restaurants, like Gertrude’s in Charles Village and Woodberry Kitchen in Woodberry, both of whom participate at the 50% level, choose dinner as their meal for contribution, while others, like SoBo Cafe in Federal Hill, contribute 25% from both lunch and dinner. Several restaurants will also include breakfast, including Charmington’s and Hoehn’s Bakery.
“There are so many awesome restaurants, new and existing, that are participating this year,” said Christian Metzger, who leads the event. “I encourage our diners to consider going outside their comfort zones and try something new.” Some of the restaurants participating for the first time this year include Square Meal, Explorers at Royal Sonesta, Sofi’s Crepes, Hersh’s, Mayuree Thai Tavern, Red Brick Station, and The Boathouse.
This year, in addition to the traditional sit-down dining experience, Schola Cooking School in Mount Vernon will offer a special steakhouse dinner cooking class and will contribute 25% of the proceeds from the class’ registrants. The cooking class menu will include an iceberg wedge with bacon blue cheese dressing, pan-seared roasted ribeye steaks, lobster-stuffed twice baked potatoes, creamed spinach, and hot fudge brownie sundae.
“I hope people plan for a late evening on September 20th,” said Metzger. “We will be having an after party at Union Collective with some special guests you’re not going to want to miss.” This new event is open to all from 9 pm to midnight. Union Brewery will donate $1 from every pint sold and the live entertainment will include Rodney Henry and the Kevin Driscoll Band.
All diners will have the chance to enter a raffle drawing with a grand prize of two front-row seats to the Fleetwood Mac concert at the Capital One Arena including a VIP meet-and-greet with Mick Fleetwood prior to the show. A $500 gift card for hotel and transportation is included.
“This event is very important for raising funds to feed our neighbors in need,” said Metzger. “It also helps educate many community members about the great work that Moveable Feast does and how you can get involved. It’s easy to participate and make a difference.” Each restaurant will be staffed by volunteer ambassadors who can help diners learn more about Moveable Feast and its mission. “Like what we do?” asked Metzger. “Come volunteer with us!”
To see the full list of participating restaurants, visit Diningoutforlife.com/baltimore. Follow updates about the event @MFeastBaltimore on Facebook and Instagram. When sharing on social media, use #DOFLBmore so everyone can see all the foodie fun.
If you can’t dine out for a cause on September 20th, you can still support the event with a donation of any size by texting the word “FEAST” to 56512.