Patti O'Furniture

Dudley's on Ann is creating a special cocktail for Dining Out for Life, and presenting a Patti O'Furniture drag show from 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Supporting The Ryan White Wellness Center on Thursday is so straightforward that many diners may not even realize they’re doing it.

“All you have to do is eat,” Topher Larkin, the center’s outreach coordinator says. “So why not make the meal matter?”

Now in its eighth year locally, the annual Dining Out for Life campaign invites restaurants to donate a percentage of its nightly sales to an HIV/AIDS service organization. More than 3000 restaurants nationwide participate in the fundraiser; last year, Charleston restaurants generated $60,000 for The Ryan White Wellness Center, a medical home at Roper St. Francis for people living with HIV/AIDS.

This year, Larkin says, the restaurant count is up to 30.

“It’s been heartwarming to see the support grow year over year for Dining Out for Life,” he adds.

Most restaurants have pledged to donate 10-15 percent of Apr. 26 sales, although Dudley’s on Ann and the Hall Management Group have committed to 25 percent. A complete list of participants is here.

In addition to the dining portion of the program, Takeover Charleston will stage a Dining Out For Life benefit celebration at Taco Boy, featuring entertainers from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. “This year, we needed a bigger space,” Larkin says of the new location for the party.

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Food editor and chief critic

Eating all of the chicken livers just as fast as I can.