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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


We send our love and support to the survivors, those who are still in the fight, and to friends and families of those who have succumb to this terrible disease.  Education and frequent checkups are the first step in prevention.  Please go to the American Cancer Society to learn more.

If you are in the Chicagoland area the Lynn Sage Foundation is raising money for breast cancer research with their  “In Good Taste” campaign.

This initiative donates a portion of sales from partnering food and drink establishments toward the Lynn Sage Scholars program and Northwestern University.

The following some of the participating locations, for a complete list, please go to http://www.lynnsagefoundation.org/in-good-taste/

The Boundary (1932 W. Division St.)
Monday– Friday 11:30-2 a.m.; Saturday 11-3 a.m.; and Sunday 11-2 a.m.
The Boundary is donating one dollar from the sale of every Pinkman cocktail ($8)
The drink features cucumber and lime-infused Smirnoff vodka, pomegranate syrup, lemonade, and soda.
To make reservations, please visit www.boundarychicago.com or call773.278.1919.
For more information, guests are encouraged to follow Facebook andTwitter.

Davanti Enoteca is donating 5% of proceeds from dessert sales at the three Chicagoland locations of the rustic Italian restaurant.
Pastry Chef Katie Ziemann-Diersen’s seasonal dessert menu features five offerings:

  • Torta Bacio, a dark and white chocolate mousse, topped with hazelnut crunch
  • Brown Butter Blondie, served with maple gelato, caramel sauce, and Marcona almonds
  • Apple Bread Pudding with apple butter, brandy butter sauce, candied walnuts, and dried apple flower
  • Chocolate Fig Vasi, a fig compote and dark chocolate cremeux served in a small jar or vasi with sea salt, olive oil, and almond shortbread crisp
  • Cookies and Milk, graham cookies filled with creamy pumpkin, and topped with candied pecans and cinnamon orange milk

For a full list of Davanti Enoteca locations, hours, and online reservations, please visitwww.davantienoteca.com.

Francesca’s Restaurants (20 locations in Chicago and surrounding suburbs) are also donating 5% of dessert sales.

Pastry Chef Elvia Granados created two signature desserts as part of the campaign:

  • Ribbon-Shaped Profiterole Sundae, ribbon-shaped cream puffs filled with strawberry gelato and served with strawberry compote, chocolate sauce, roasted pistachios, and mascarpone whipped cream
  • Crema Caramelata con Espresso, with espresso and white chocolate crème brûlée served with raspberries and a ribbon-shaped raspberry shortbread cookie sandwich

For a full list of locations, hours, and reservation information, please visitwww.miafrancesca.com.

At Gemini Bistro (2075 N. Lincoln Ave.) and Rustic House (1967 N. Halsted St.) Executive Pastry Chef John Larson serves up a  decadent NY Style Cheesecake with a Pomegranate Swirl for a pop of pink and graham cracker crust served with a fall spiced gastrique for $10.
Both restaurants are open for dinner TuesdayThursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5-11p.m., and Sunday 5-9 p.m. Gemini Bistro is open for brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Reservations for Gemini Bistro can be made online or by calling 773.525.2522. For more information, visit www.geminibistrochicago.com; follow Gemini Bistro on Facebook and Twitter.
Reservations for Rustic House can be made by visiting www.rustichousechicago.com, or by calling 312.929.3227; follow Rustic House onFacebook and Twitter.

Glazed and Infused Pastry Chef Nick Stewart has created the Chocolate4 Lynn Sage doughnut ($3).  This is a quadruple chocolate cake doughnut that features a chocolate ganache glaze with pink and dark chocolate curls in honor of the charity.
5% of proceeds from the specialty doughnut go towards the Lynn Sage Foundation
The Chocolate4 Lynn Sage doughnut is available at all Glazed and Infused locations; for more information or to order online, please visitwww.goglazed.com.

Howells & Hood (435 N. Michigan Ave.) is donating one dollar from the sale of every Raspberry Ribbon specialty cocktail.
The Raspberry Ribbon is made with Smirnoff Raspberry Pom Sorbet, Chambord, and lemon and pineapple juice ($8).
Howells & Hood is open for lunch and dinner MondayWednesday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.Thursday -Saturday 11-1 a.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
For more information, please visitwww.howellsandhood.com. To follow the social media conversation, please visitFacebook and Twitter.

Labriola Café & Neapolitan Pizzeria (3021 Butterfield Rd., Oak Brook, IL) offers a special, pink Coconut Cake ($6.99).  One dollar from the sale of each slice will be donated to the Lynn Sage Foundation’s ‘In Good Taste’ campaign. The café is open MondayThursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information on Labriola Café & Neapolitan Pizzeria, please visitwww.labriolacafe.com, or call 630.574.2008. Connect with Labriola Café & Neapolitan Pizzeria on Facebook and Twitter.

With Old Town Pour House (8 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL) receiving three of the six Delirium Deliria kegs in the Chicagoland area, the suburban restaurant invites guests to cheers to finding a breast cancer cure. Deliria ($12 per 16-oz. pour) is a special Belgian strong ale created by women brewers once a year on the occasion of International Women’s Day in October.

Additionally, the Chicago Old Town Pour House location (1419 N. Wells St.) donates proceeds gathered from the Pink Stiletto cocktail made with housemade ginger beer, Milbrandt Riesling, strawberry purée, lemonade, and sparkling water ($10). Throughout the month of October, $1 of each Deliria draft beer and Pink Stiletto purchased benefits the Lynn Sage Foundation’s “In Good Taste” campaign.

The Oak Brook location is open Sunday-Thursday 11:30-1 a.m.; and Friday-Saturday 11:30-2 a.m.
The Chicago location is open MondayThursday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Friday 11:30-2 a.m.; Saturday 10:30-3 a.m.; and Sunday 10:30-2 a.m.
For more information, please visitwww.oldtownpourhouse.com or call 630.601.1440. For more information please visit, the website or visit Facebook and Twitter.

South Branch Tavern and Grille (100 S. Wacker Dr.) is donating one dollar from the sale of each Raspberry Martini.  This cocktail is made with Stoli Blueberry, Stoli Raspberry, Chambord, cranberry and pineapple juice, and raspberry purée ($13).
Lunch and dinner are offered Mondaythrough Friday beginning at 11 a.m. South Branch is closed on Saturday and Sunday
Reservations can be made by calling 312.546.6177. For more information, please visit www.southbranchchicago.com, follow South Branch onTwitter or “like” the restaurant on Facebook.

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee (1560 N. Damen Ave.) features a special Pink Donut of the Day for $2.50-$3.25 each.
Varieties include Old-Fashioned, Glazed, Stan’s Pockets, and more. Stan’s donates one dollar from every Half Dozen Pink Donuts ($14) purchased throughout the month of October.
Stan’s Donuts & Coffee is open MondayWednesday 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.Thursday-Saturday 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.stansdonutschicago.com or call773.360.7386.
Connect with Stan’s Donuts & Coffee on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Sweetwater Tavern & Grille (225 N. Michigan Ave.) will be donating one dollar for the sale of each Peartini, with Grey Goose Le Poire, housemade peach purée, and topped with fresh cranberry juice ($12).
Hours of operation are MondayThursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday 11-1 a.m.; Saturday 10-1 a.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
For more information please visit, www.sweetwatertavernandgrille.com. To make reservations, please call 312.698.7111.
For up-to-date information, please visit Facebook and Twitter.

Other charitable organizations joining in the fight to find a cure…  Bright Pink  and  Susan G. Komen Foundation

JW Marriott Chicago (151 W. Adams St.) offers light, refreshing cocktails in the landmark, luxury hotel’s Lobby Lounge to benefit Bright Pink.
One dollar from the sale of any glass of Chandon Rosé ($12) or specialty Pink Punch cocktail ($12) with Veev Açaí, fresh lemon juice, raspberry simple syrup, and coconut water will benefit the local Chicago-based organization throughout the month of October.
For more information, visitwww.jwmarriottchicago.com or connect on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Travelle (33 N. Wabash Ave.) transforms the Wabash Express lunch menu option throughout the month of October to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
When guests order the Wabash Express, a three-course meal served in the time allotted for a lunch break,  10% of proceeds are donated to the nonprofit breast cancer research organization. This lunch option is priced at $29 and includes a mix of Mediterranean specialties, such as: Moroccan Sweet Potato Soup with pumpkin seed yogurt and red lentil; Grilled Chicken with asparagus and morels; Heirloom Squash Crusted Cod, with cumin pumpkin, mint yogurt, and feta; and Terrine of Dark Chocolate.
Travelle, located on the second floor of The Langham, Chicago, is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
For reservations or more information, please visitwww.travellechicago.com or call 312.923.9988. For more information, please followFacebook and Twitter.

Xan Garcia

Xan Garcia

Founder and senior editor of VODA. Cocktailian, Journalist, Traveler, and the next Robin Leach.

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