Washington, DC Area Restaurants Help Take a Bite out of Breast Cancer

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and once again, for the entire month, DC area chefs and restaurateurs have committed their establishments for one day, a week, or the entire month, and will donate a portion of their food and beverage sales for the 2nd Annual Take a Bite out of Breast Cancer. Focused on reaching thousands of area diners throughout the month of October, Take a Bite Out of Breast Cancer delivers important early detection and awareness information to restaurant patrons and encourages them to get involved in the fight against breast cancer and supports Pink Jams!, a DC area non-profit promoting breast cancer awareness to young men and women. 

Jamie Leeds, one of Washington’s most highly recognized chefs due to her wildly successful restaurants, Hank’s Oyster Bar, now with three locations, is also a community leader for her very active role in charity work and the culinary field. She currently serves as Former President of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR).

Chef Leeds said, “It is my pleasure to serve as the 2012 Honorary Chairwoman for the Take a Bite Out of Breast Cancer Campaign. As a chef and as a woman, I am a strong advocate for promoting breast cancer awareness and applaud Pink Jams!’ creative efforts to reach out to Washington, DC area diners to promote their important mission.”

So why is it so important? Especially here in DC? There is a reason … Did you know that Washington, DC has the highest breast cancer mortality rate for women in the United States? Many of those deaths are due to late diagnosis, and could have possibly been avoided through early detection and an understanding of risk factors. It is the mission of Pink Jams! to reach out to men and women under the age of 40 and help promote breast cancer awareness by combining this important message with fashion, art, social events, live music, and now dining! Pink Jams! was founded in 2009, after the loss of a 35 year-old friend by my sister Christa Floresca.

Take a Bite ouf ot Breast Cancer - Hank's Oyster Bar

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There are nearly twenty DC area restaurants, such as PAUL Bakery, Masa 14, 2100 Prime, and Proof, that have generously agreed to participate to help Pink Jams! achieve this important awareness mission. There are many options for diners who wish to show their support for this very important cause.

At least two eateries, Chix and PAUL Bakery, have agreed to donate a portion of proceeds from sales every single day in October!! In addition, several restaurants have agreed to participate weekly such as Cafe Soleil who is donating a percentage of sales every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month.

Several of the DC area Richard Sandoval restaurants will participate weekly throughout the month. On Mondays, El Centro will donate a percentage of margarita sales. Next door, on Tuesdays, Masa 14 will donate a percentage of mojito sales. On Wednesdays, Zengo will donate a percentage of mojito sales.

Check out the PinkJams! website for a full listing of participating restaurants and dates. You can even download a handy calendar for participating restaurants at a glance.

Laetitia of French Twist DC and Bindesh of DesiGrub.

Ambassadors Laetitia of French Twist DC and Bindesh of DesiGrub.

I am proud to serve as Chairwoman for Take a Bite out of Breast Cancer and I am so thankful to all of the assistance of my fellow food bloggers and writers who have committed to help promote breast cancer awareness in our community. The Ambassadors have adopted a participating restaurant and will encourage their readers to join them for a great meal. Check out the PinkJams! website for a listing of the food bloggers who will be will be helping to Take a Bite out of Breast Cancer in October and also a listing of participating restaurants and dates.

Thank you for your support!

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