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What You’re Eating: Menus With A Cause

October 2, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Panera Bread)

(credit: Panera Bread)

(credit: Shelby Barone)

(credit: Shelby Barone)

As the weather starts to cool down around the Southland, restaurants are creating special menus that feature the warmth of the season. As the holidays quickly begin to approach, it is a great time to start giving back to the community by drinking pink and eating bagels for breast cancer research or helping to end child malnutrition with PB&J for Good.

(credit: Sol Cocina)

(credit: Sol Cocina)

Drink Pink In October

Sol Cocina
251 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92660
www.solcocina.com

During the month of October, Sol Cocina, will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the $10 “Ta-Ta Tini” to Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The “Ta-Ta Tini” is made with Herradura 100 percent Blue Agave Tequila, infused for two days with fresh watermelon and hibiscus flowers. Then it is shaken to perfection with lime juice and agave nectar.

(credit: Pinot Provence)

(credit: Pinot Provence)

Fireside Dinner Series

Pinot Provence
The Westin South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
www.pinotprovence.com

Guests can enjoy a themed five-course menu by Executive Chef Alfonso Ramirez and sommelier Jörn Kleinhans. The dinners will be hosted one Wednesday a month through November featuring cuisine perfectly paired with wines from Italy, Australia, California and France. The dinners will be held on Sept. 25, Oct. 23 and Nov. 20 at 6:15 p.m. The five course dinner is $70 per person, and $110 with wine pairing. Reservations are required by calling (714) 444-5900.

(credit: Panera Bread)

(credit: Panera Bread)

Panera Bread Pink Ribbon Bagel

Panera Bread
Multiple Locations
panerabread.com

On Oct. 18, Panera Bread will donate 100 percent of the sales from their Pink Ribbon Bagels to benefit the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. The freshly baked signature bagel features cherry chips, dried cherries, cranberries, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar. Throughout the rest of the month of October, 10 cents from each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold will be donated to the foundation.

(credit: L'Opera Ristorante)

(credit: L’Opera Ristorante)

Vegan And Gluten-Free Menu

L’Opera Ristorante
101 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 491-0066
www.lopera.com

Owners Enzo DeMuro and Terry Antonelli are proud to introduce new vegan and gluten-free items to their menu. Some of the new additions include Ai Legumi, sauteed kale topped with marinated quinoa and Carpaccio Ideale that comes with paper-thin slices of Portobello mushroom topped with arugula, capers, red onion and hearts of palm. The new menu items are clearly marked for guests with a “V” for vegetarian, “VE” for vegan and “GF” for gluten-free.

(credit: PB&J For Good)

(credit: PB&J For Good)

PB&J for Good

www.pbjforgood.com

Top Orange County chefs are coming together to help raise funds to end Severe Acute Malnutrition worldwide from Oct. 16 through 25. During the 10-day campaign, the participating chefs will add a specialty PB&J to their menus, and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit StopSAM.org. The participating restaurants include Chef Noah Blom with ARC, Chef Rachel Klemek with Blackmarket Bakery, Chef Amar Santana with Broadway, Chef Adam Navidi with Green2Go, Chef Greg Daniels with Haven Gastropub, Chef Eric Samaniego with Little Sparrow, Chef Cathy Pavlos with LUCCA, Chef Diego Velasco with Memphis, Chef Greg Daniels with Provisions Market, Chef Andrew Gruel with Slapfish, Chef Greg Daniels with taco asylum, and Chef Yvon Goetz with The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar.

(credit: Allen Taylor Photography)

(credit: Allen Taylor Photography)

Oktoberfest Menu

Bayside
900 Bayside Drive in
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 721-1222
www.baysiderestaurant.com

In celebration of Oktoberfest, Bayside in Newport Beach is hosting a special three-course prix-fixe Bavarian menu from through Oct. 31. The menu will feature classic Bavarian cuisine with beer and wine pairing options available. Guests will enjoy smoked trout salad, Hähnchenbrust “Cordon Bleu,” and Bayrishe Weisswurst. There will be live music for guest to enjoy this special menu that is priced at $39.95 per person.

(credit: Shelby Barone)

(credit: Shelby Barone)

New Brunch Menu

Jimmy’s Famous Tavern
25001 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA, 92629
(949) 388-8900
www.j-fat.com

Guests can now enjoy a delicious brunch at Jimmy’s Famous Tavern in Dana Point. Start off the morning with one of their famous Bloody Mary’s with Absolut Peppar, Blue Cheese Olive, Pepperoni, Pepper Jack Cheese, Pepperoncini and beer chaser for $10. Then savor their popular nest of Jalapeno ‘Bedeviled’ farm fresh hen eggs or the Breakfast Flatbread that comes with applewood smoked bacon, sausage, eggs, cheese, potatoes and chives. Jimmy’s Famous Tavern has a wide variety of gluten-free menu items for those with dietary restrictions on their popular brunch menu.

Shelby is an Orange County Native, and is a freelance writer for multiple magazines and websites around LA and Orange County. She can be found writing daily about the hottest happenings at the OC Mom Blog or on Twitter @OCMomBlog.

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