Eat Your Heart Out

Dine Out. Fight Aids.

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Like food? Good, me too. So get out this Thursday for a meal on the town while supporting the Aids Council. That's right, this Thursday, April 26th marks the 9th annual Dining Out For Life event. This one-day celebration is hosted at over 65 restaurants in the region, donating 25% of their sales for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails to help the AIDS Council, providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS in our community.

So whether you're in Albany, Clifton Park, Colonie, East Greenbush, Glens Falls, Hudson, Latham, Plattsburgh, Saratoga, Schnectady, Scotia, Slingerlands, Troy or Wilton, there are participating restaurants in your town! Come out and support a GREAT cause while enjoying a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

Too busy this week to dine out? That's okay, you can still participate! $25 contributions are accepted online and in turn you will receive a 20% Off Tuesdays card, good for a 20% off discount at participating restaurants. How's that for giving back?

To learn more about this event, please visit Saratoga.com!

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Ashley Dingeman

My name is Ashley Dingeman and I am in love with food. A recent SUNY Geneseo graduate and Saratoga Springs native, it has always been a dream of mine to have the opportunity to do the two things I do best: eat & write. Just like in a Disney movie, I guess dreams really do come true.

First off, can I just say that my passion for food goes way beyond simply loving to eat. For some, eating is eating and food is food, but to me, it’s so much more. Every element of the food experience, I love.

Perhaps the profound effects of growing up in an Italian family have rubbed off on me. If there was one thing I learned in the process, it was that food brings people together, and where there’s food, there’s family. No, I didn’t grow up in The Olive Garden, but I did grow up privileged to have an incredible Grandmother, and the best cook I’ve ever known. To this day no one will ever be able to replicate her Sunday “gravy”, even though all grandchildren have come close (and some closer than others [me]). It was she who inspired me to begin cooking in the first place, and it is in her honor that I continue on in hopes of inspiring others the same way.

So I invite you now to revel in my words, devour my descriptions, fantasize over my photographs, and maybe just maybe, you’ll be move enough to go out and try something for yourself. Project “Eat Your Heart Out” starts now.