At least $30,000 is expected to be raised by 26 restaurants tonight as part of Dining for Life, a program that generates funds for home delivery of meals to people with AIDS.
The restaurants have pledged to donate 20 percent of each bill to Movable Feast, a non-profit group that delivers food to homebound AIDS patients in Baltimore.
Last year, Moveable Feast spent $61,000 on food delivered three times weekly by volunteers.
This year, the budget is $100,000 and food deliveries have been increased to five times weekly, said Ken Maher, the coordinator of the Dining for Life project.
In addition to the funds raised tonight, Moveable Feast has received some federal funding and a grant from the Ryan White Fund.
A goal is to branch out and deliver meals to AIDS patients in the metropolitan counties, said Bryan Stark, spokesman for Moveable Feast.
New statistics show that AIDS is the leading cause of death in Baltimore for those 25 to 44 years old. "
The number of AIDS cases is skyrocketing," Mr. Stark said. "And the segment of the population that is already infected needs help."
* Baltimore City: Admiral Fell Restaurant & Pub, Bandaloops, Bertha's Dining Room, Billy's Restaurant and Pub, Bohager's Bar and Grill, Bombay Grill, Central Station Pub, Gampy's-Great American Melting Pot, Germanos Trattoria Petrucci, Harvey House, Morning Edition Cafe, Mount Vernon Stable & Saloon, Pavilion at the Walters, Peabody's American Grill, The Point at the Admiral Fell, The Red Star, Regi's, The Roland Park Cafe, Sisson's, Spike and Charlies, Tabrizi's, Tamber's, Restaurant 2110 and Tyson Place.
* Baltimore County: Orchard Market & Gourmet Deli, Towson.
* Harford County: Souvenirs, Bel Air.