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OUT TO EAT / Great dishes, drinks and people

Dining out for a cause

On Tuesday, diners will have a chance to give to charity by doing what comes naturally: eating.

Dining Out for Life, in its 10th year, has harnessed the goodwill of restaurant owners to raise money to help treat people with HIV and AIDS. Participating restaurants donate 25 percent or more of food bills to programs and services provided by Evergreen Health Services (formerly AIDS Community Services).

The list of more than 80 participating restaurants is available at, and includes several new places such as O'Brien's Farm Fresh Meats & Smokehouse (32 Main St., Hamburg, 646-6328), open for about 18 months. O'Brien's has started to draw a following for its dry-aged, locally raised steaks, which customers can select themselves before they're cooked to order.

"I love giving back to people and the community," said owner Yvette O'Brien. "I think it's a great event."

-- Andrew Z. Galarneau