Good grub, great drinks, and an amazing cause come together for another great night in gay Atlanta

By Mike Fleming

What do you get when you combine the Living Room’s beloved efforts to end homelessness in the HIV community with a night on the town? It’s the annual Taste of Life, and you won’t want to miss it.

This year’s host committee has come out strong with their passions on their sleeve to make the event special. With an amazing silent auction and dancing on tap, an open bar, and nibbles galore, they feel sure you’ll have fun. But more importantly, they are positive you’ll be glad you did well beyond the night itself.

“I believe that a stable home environment creates the space for people living with HIV/AIDS to fully realize their potential,” Chuck DeLozier, a host committee member, says of the Living Room mission.

What more do you need to know than that, right? Well, there are a few details, and we have them for you right here.

WHO:
Besides you of course, Living Room staff, board and patrons are ready to let their hair down to show you a good time.

Since 1995, Living Room has helped more than 21,000 individuals secure and maintain safe, affordable housing–the most critical factor in the ability to live a healthy, productive life. They are Georgia’s leading provider of housing and housing assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. 

WHAT:
Taste of Life is an open bar party with tastings of local craft beers, wines from around the world, handmade cocktails sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and delicious bites from Art of Food. You won’t want to miss the stellar beats from DJ King Atlas or spectacular silent auction with incredible art and local experiences.

For those who love a delicious brew, your ticket gives you full access to Atlanta’s own Second Self Beer Company craft beers. Sip. Sample. Enjoy. Just don’t miss out.

What else? Wait! There’s more.

“We can’t wait for you to see the amazing silent auction selection lined up,” the hosts say. “International trips, local dining and entertainment experiences like Atlanta’s next Cirque du Soleil show, massages, original art pieces, and so much more.”

WHEN:
That’s easy. This Saturday, August 19. VIP Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., and general admission gets rolling at 7 p.m. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. You can also visit livingroomatl.org.

WHERE:
Hosts of the Living Room event say that 2017 marks an even bigger, brighter, and cooler-than-ever party. A big part of that is the venue, Westside Cultural Arts Center, 760 10th Street NW. Beautiful art in repurposed industrial spaces call you to bring out your inner hipster.

Speaking of hipsters, be sure to tag your arrival and experience with the official hashtag, #TasteOfLife17.

WHY:
In case you have your head in the sand about this one, let’s be blunt: Atlanta is fifth highest in HIV diagnoses of all metropolitan areas in the nation, and, without housing, staying healthy is impossible, especially for people living with HIV/AIDS. Be part of the solution by ensuring that no person living with HIV/AIDS faces homelessness alone.