Last week we urged you to make reservations at pubs and restaurants, participating in this year’s A Taste For Life fundraiser. In total, there are almost 50 dining destinations, including one caterer (dinner-to-go), signed on.
Each will welcome patrons, host volunteers, and donate 25% of sales to causes that support and house persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
Proprieter Dave Loan announced ZenKitchen (634 Somerset Street W.) will even serve a special cocktail, a “Frozen Pineapple Daquiri,” $2 from the sale of each going to his restaurant’s donation.
Eight hours ago, organizers of A Taste for Life released the following Facebook update:
Tomorrow is a VERY important day on so many levels. But if you break it down, tomorrow is all about a generous Ottawa community helping to make life easier for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
A Taste for Life is a key fundraiser that supports HOPE, HOUSING, HEALTH, QUALITY OF LIFE, SKILL BUILDING and DIGNITY.
We are so grateful for the kindness and generosity in Ottawa and we are proud to be of service to those who need it now and in the future.
Support your Taste restaurants, and in turn they will support Bruce House and the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation.
Reserve today, dine tomorrow…change lives forever.
Sadly, Jenn and I will not be able to join in as Ottawa dines out. So, we dined out this evening instead.
If, like us, you also cannot participate in A Taste for Life tomorrow, do not despair. Here’s what you can do:
Step 1: Choose a participating restaurant.
In our case, we chose the Hintonburg Public House (1020 Wellington Street W.).
Jenn and I haven’t eaten at the “retro rustic” chic public house since its chef Kris Kshonze (formerly of the Whalesbone Oyster House) left and former Mariposa Farm chef Mark Currier took the reigns.
The menu has changed accordingly.
The public house, itself, sports new signage.
Step 2: Make reservations at the chosen restaurant and dine there.
Save for the Public House’s “Harvest Table,” which is located in the rear of the long dining room, adjacent to the kitchen, tables are now “first come first serve.” Seats at the bar are rather popular.
From the regular menu, Jenn opted for the “Kichesippi Beer Battered Fish & Chips/Dill Tarter Sauce”
Me, I opted for the “Traditional Beef Burger/Swiss Cheese/Sauteed Mushrooms/House Mayo/Fries”
Step 3: Ask for the itemized bill (above) from your server after you pay for your meal.
$15.00 x 2 + $2.50 x 2 = $35.00
Step 4: Calculate 25% of your bill (food and alcohol, before tax).
Normally, I buy my wife a drink. But, because she had to bake a birthday cake tonight, which has something to do with why we can’t participate tomorrow, we stuck with pop.
To compensate, I’m adding a pint of Kichesippi 1855 to our bill ($7). After all, Kichesippi Beer Co. will celebrate three years in operation in the coming weeks.
$35.00 + $7.00 = $42.00
25% of $42.00 is $10.50
[Aside: I really really look forward to being able to order Kichesippi’s Harvey and Vern ginger beer at local restaurants.]
Honestly, if you can negotiate your schedule, save yourself the math and make reservations to dine out on Wednesday. It’s sooo much simpler.
The Hintonburg Public House
1020 Wellington Street W.