If you want to go out in Los Angeles today, you can benefit from more than just eating a great meal without having to wash dishes. Today is the annual Go Eat L.A. event and all you have to do is choose whether you want to eat out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks (or go out for all your meals) at one of the participating businesses who will donate 15-60% to the charities Aid for Aids and Serra Project.
Check out the list of businesses, which stretch from Pasadena to Long Beach, high-end formal restaurants to burger joints, and include nightclubs, stalls at Farmer's markets, juice bars, champagne bars, yacht clubs, a Comedy club and a playhouse. Some of the businesses require you to print out a coupon to donate to the event so make sure you print them out and take them with you, but most don't require anything other than for you to show up and eat, drink, or buy a ticket to a show.
Some of my personal favorites are participating, including Taste, Vincenti Ristorante, and Dar Maghreb, but I think I will be going to Local tomorrow, which uses locally grown and organic produce, and is donating 100% of their proceeds tomorrow to the charities.
Go out and do some good for yourself and others, after all, true benefits are always mutual.