Last year, the nationwide Dining Out for Life fundraiser raised more than $4.13 million for organizations that help those living with HIV/AIDS. Louisville’s beneficiary nonprofit, House of Ruth, helps organize the event locally, and they use the funds donated by participating restaurants (25 percent of each bill) to offer housing and support services for those who are HIV positive, as well as their family members.

This year’s Dining Out for Life will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and includes 44 restaurants, coffee shops and ice cream parlors throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana. From Flanagan’s and Comfy Cow to El Mundo and Proof on Main, most participating establishments will donate 25 percent of their food and beverage sales to the cause all day long. For a full list, click here.

Basically, you’re encouraged to eat, drink and break your diet for a good cause. Can’t argue with that, now can you?

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."