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Foodies think pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/13/2013 5:55 PM

10/13/2013 5:55 PM

Pink Champagne, Pink Cake Pops, Pink Smoothies, Pink Lemonade, Pink Cupcakes, Pink

Marshmallows, Pink Cotton Candy, Pink Sherbet, Pink Gelato, Pink Macaroons and Pink Cannoli.

It seems everything is pink in October, even our beautiful fountains on the Country Club Plaza are flowing with pink water. Why, you ask?

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,which is an annual international health campaign organized by charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research for the prevention and diagnosed treatment and cure of those affected by breast cancer.

A variety of other events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, pink illumination of landmarks, mountains and even some state capitals. This year, the National Football League has incorporated pink with flags, towels and football cleats.

In Kansas City everyone loves to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Since its inception in 1982, they have raised $1.5 billion for breast cancer research education and support. Many retail outlets and businesses are supporting the cause with special discounts and events.

When it comes to foodies in Kansas City, they all step up to the plate.

It seems many restaurants are participating this year and that is a win for all. Cascone’s Restaurant is offering Strawberry Cake and Sparkling Shiraz and their waiters are wearing pink ties. Manny’s Restaurant is offering their Pink Cadillac Margarita for only $1 and Jose Peppers is offering a full pink menu. Amagoni Vineyards Urban Winery is producing a pink wine. The Pizza Shoppe is offering their pink salad dressing.

The Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City is having a Pink Cruise Night at The Bass Pro Shop in Olathe. The Midwest Cancer Alliance Kitchen Therapy program has a bouquet for the cure initiative and Panera Bread has a strong, pink program.

At Jasper’s, we are working with Zeta Tau Alpha and we are offering Pink Cannoli. . Our girls in the markets at Marco Polo’s are wearing pink shirts and are very excited to be part of the awareness. They designed the shirts themselves and are really pushing to raise money by selling the Pink Cannoli to every customer that walks in the door.

At Park Place, Aaron Sanchez’s Mestizo Restaurant has gone pink for October along with Paciugo Gelato Marv’s Original Delicatessan. Even Gordon Biersch is offering special discounts with a “Back In The Swing” card.

Russel Stover’s Candies and Topsy’s Popcorn have a special pink program and Café Europa is featuring a dinner special. And of course, Danny O’Neil from The Roasterie Coffee is supporting breast cancer awareness with daily specials.

Mission Farms has a “Back In The Swing” card where you can get 20 percent off at Blanc Burgers, Blue Koi, PizzaBella, Room 39 and Smallcakes Cupcakery. At the Legends, Outback Steakhouse, Chiusano’s Brick Oven Pizza and Jazz: A Louisiana Kitchen have all joined in for “Back In The Swing”

On the Country Club Plaza, restaurants such as Brio’s Restaurant and Gram Dunn along with Chaz on the Plaza are offering 20 percent off with a “Back In The Swing” bracelet for a $25 purchase.

At Town Center Plaza and Town Center Crossing, Dean and Deluca, The Sushi House, North Restaurant, Bravo’s Restaurant and La Bodega along with Drunken Fish have all joined in for breast cancer awareness. Are you thinking olive oil or balsamic? Then you must visit the Olive Tree where they are giving 20 percent off on oil and vinegar.

The brand new Nothing Bundt Cakes is offering 10 percent of their proceeds for breast cancer awareness and word on the street is that they have some delicious cakes. Ha, I am going there for sure.

Last but not least there’s the “Back In The Swing” Cookbook: Recipes for eating and living well every day written by my friends Judith Fertig and Barbara Unell. Make sure you get a copy today.

Well, I am thinking pink for sure now. Eating for a cause never felt so good. I encourage all of you to support this great cause. Mangia Bene!

Chef Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. of Jasper’s commands the helm of his family’s 59-year-old restaurant, consistently rated one of Kansas City’s best Italian restaurants. In addition to running the restaurant with his brother, Mirabile is a culinary instructor, founding member of Slow Food Kansas City and a national board member of the American Institute of Wine and Food. He hosts many famous chefs on his weekly radio show Live! From Jasper’s Kitchen on KCMO 710 AM and 103.7 FM and sells a line of dressings and sauces.

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