WASHINGTON -- Dining out has more meaning on April 25 if Washingtonians choose a restaurant participating in the 17th annual Dining Out for Life D.C.
More than 100 area restaurants are participating in the fundraiser, which raises money for Food & Friends, a local nonprofit caring for people living with life-threatening illnesses like HIV/AIDS and cancer. Participating restaurants donate 25 to 110 percent of profits directly to the charity.
Yes, you read that right. Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant in Arlington is giving 110 percent of proceeds to Food & Friends; Ristorante Tosca and Annie’s Paramount Steak House are also donating their entire night's proceeds to the organization.
Click through the slideshow to see if your favorite restaurant is participating in Dining Out for Life D.C.:
In case eating a meal out and supporting a local charity while doing so isn't exciting enough, look out for drag troupe Queen Force One to make the rounds among restaurants:
In 2012, more than 25,000 Washingtonians participated in Dining Out for Life, raising over $300,000 for Food & Friends -- and it's not just a local effort. San Francisco, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia are among other cities hosting Dining Out for Life events April 25.