Uncork a Cure for the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta is now in its 20th season, and takes place tonight at the Foundry at Puritan Mill from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Therese Tran, event chair, says participating restaurants are among the top tier of Atlanta-area food venues. Past participants have included Woodfire Grill, Bacchanalia, Peasant Bistro, Morton’s Steakhouse, Watershed and 4th & Swift. This year, MetroFresh and Ludacris’ Straits are among the 20 participants.
A ticket provides unlimited food and alcohol, as well as entrance and a free drink at the after party at Tongue & Groove.
One attribute of Uncork a Cure that sets it apart is being able to interact with many of the chefs involved, Tran says. The silent auction is also traditionally popular. ARCA’s funding has decreased, making benefits such as these vital, Tran says. “This is our signature event,” she says. “It helps to sustain operating costs.” “HIV still touches everyone; it’s not a gay/lesbian disease,” Tran adds. “We all need to work to find a cure.”
Tickets are $75 at the door.
ARCA is a national leader in testing HIV medicines. The organization has tested 27 of the 30 drugs now available worldwide for treatment of HIV infection. ARCA has also conducted research studies of HIV-prevention interventions, such as vaccines and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and offers free confidential STD testing for men. ARCA is also now working with GeoVax, Inc as the only site worldwide to design and conduct a treatment vaccine trial for people who are newly HIV infected.
Uncork a Cure April 29, 6 – 9 p.m. The Foundry at Puritan Mill 916 Joseph Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30318 404-876-2317 www.uncorkacure.org