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DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS Brings DINING BY DESIGN To San Francisco During The 2008 National Tour

DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will continue the DINING BY DESIGN 2008 tour with two days of events at the Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center on Wednesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 20. DIFFA's DINING BY DESIGN will bring together some of the most talented and celebrated individuals in the worlds of fashion, interior design, art, and architecture to create spectacular, over-the-top dining environments. San Francisco, DINING BY DESIGN is a collaboration between DIFFA and the AIDS Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, to benefit the Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital. Full event information and ticket sales online at:

Dining By Design
Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center
101 Henry Adams Street

The schedule of events for DINING BY DESIGN San Francisco is:

Wednesday, November 19; 6 PM - 10 PM


Designers and guests mingle, preview table creations, sip Beringer wines paired with delectables from the Bay Area's top restaurants and food purveyors, taste superb libations including cocktails by Stolichanaya ELIT. Open to the public with a $100 contribution per person to benefit DIFFA available online at

Thursday, November 20; 6:30 PM - 11 PM


Guests will enjoy a delightful dinner with cuisine by Taste Catering and an alluring silent auction amidst the breathtaking table environments. Tickets are available at $500 per person to benefit DIFFA (reservations required).

Wednesday and Thursday, November 19 & 20, 2008

DINING BY DESIGN is a feast for the eyes, body and heart, featuring the most dynamic and innovative dining environments ever created! It brings together established talent, budding artists and celebrated individuals who create more than 50 three-dimensional dining installations to awe, inspire and delight.

About DIFFA:
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Since being founded in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $35 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide. For more than 23 years, DIFFA has been one of the country's largest supporters of both direct care for people living with AIDS and preventative education for those at risk. Visit DIFFA at

About Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital:
Since 1983, the UCSF Positive Health Program (PHP) at San Francisco General Hospital--a core program of the AIDS Research Institute (ARI) at UCSF--has led the world in HIV/AIDS medicine. PHP provides state-of-the-art primary care to over 3,000 uninsured HIV patients. Services include clinical care, psychosocial support services and programs to support healthy living. PHP also conducts research on long-term survivors, newly infected patients and patients living with HIV and hepatitis. The program also has a major presence in the developing world training local providers and directing several international research projects. Visit PHP at

About the AIDS Research Institute (ARI) at UCSF:
The AIDS Research Institute (ARI) coordinates and integrates all AIDS research activities at the University of California, San Francisco. The ARI stimulates innovation and supports interdisciplinary collaboration aimed at all aspects of the epidemic domestically and around the world. Bringing together hundreds of scientists and more than 50 programs from throughout the university and affiliated labs and institutions, and working in close collaboration with affected communities, the ARI is one of the premier AIDS research entities in the world. Visit ARI at

About MeMe Pederson, President of Taste Catering:
MeMe Pederson has been a driving force on the San Francisco catering and entertainment scene for over 25 years. She is President and co-owner of Taste Catering and Event Planning and has been instrumental in the development of diverse and unique food operations at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Teatro Zinzanni Dinner Theater and the San Francisco cabaret/restaurant AsiaSF. Throughout, she has been a strong advocate for local purveyors of organic and sustainable food products.

Under MeMe's leadership, Taste has maintained an uncompromising commitment to excellence. Taste's customers expect and are delivered only the very best in creative design, fresh foods and quality services. Each event is individually tailored to the needs of each client. MeMe strongly believes that it is her job and the job of each of her employees to ensure that each client feels that they and their guests have received the best experience possible.

MeMe extends her talent, infectious energy and commitment to excellence to a variety of non-profit and charitable endeavors impacting the San Francisco community. She has served on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels and The Academy of Friends. Her generous community involvements includes: the San Francisco Aids Foundation, Strike Out Breast Cancer, Project Inform, New Leaf, GLAAD, AmFar, CUESA, DIFFA, The Aids Memorial Grove, SF Performances, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The San Francisco Film Festival and The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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