By Donna Ison


When you participate in Dining Out for Life®, it is far more than just a meal. It’s an opportunity to connect with your community by coming out, breaking bread, and joining forces for a common cause. “AVOL is pledged to ensuring every- one living with HIV in the Commonwealth of Kentucky has access to the medical care and medications they need,” states executive director Jon Parker. This year, 56 local restaurants will be donating at least 25% of the day’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner revenue to make certain AVOL can continue to fulfill its critical mission.

Since 1987, AVOL has been providing free and confidential HIV testing, education, and compassion. Currently, they are helping stop the spread of the disease by raising awareness on two major gamechangers: the PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) pill and Treatment as Prevention. PrEP has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing HIV infection amongst those at the highest risk. Treatment as Prevention promotes consistent medical care and adherence to medications in order to reach an undetectable level for more than six months, at which point the virus cannot be spread.

Because of Lexington’s generosity, AVOL was recently recognized as a top-10 host organization. This year, with your support, they can meet their goal of $120,000 and rise even further in the rankings. So, save your appetite for September 12, gather family and friends, and order that dessert, because nothing is more delicious than doing good for others. For more details, go to www.dineoutlex.com.

Participating Restaurants:
A&W Burgers Chicken Floats (All locations)

Arcadium Bar
Atomic Ramen
Beach House Coffee & Tapas
Blue Door Smokehouse
Bourbon N’ Toulouse
BRU Burger Bar
Carson’s Food and Drink
Coles 735 Main
Columbia Steakhouse (Downtown)
County Club
Doodle’s Breakfast and Lunch
Dudley’s on Short (Lunch Only)
Epping’s on Eastside
Forage Food Truck (at Wise Bird)
Good Foods Co-op Cafe
Goodfellas Pizzeria (Distillery District)
Graze (Woodlands)
J. Gumbo’s on Limestone
J. Renders Southern Table
Le Deauville
Lexington Diner
Liberty Road Cafe
Locals’ Craft Food & Drink
Lussi Brown Coffee Bar
Lynagh’s Irish Pub
Mad Mushroom Pizza (Both locations)
Mouse Trap
Nate’s Coffee
North Lime Coffee & Donuts (Clays Mill and North Limestone)
Pasta Garage
Rock House Brewing
Sage Garden (Frankfort)
Saul Good (All locations)
Sidebar Grill
Smithtown Seafood (Both locations)
Soundbar (Official After Party)
Stella’s Kentucky Deli
The Break Room
The Sage Rabbit

Third Street Stuff
West Main Crafting Co.
West Sixth Brewing
Whiskey Bear Bar
Wise Bird Cider Co.