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Pink Door’s Good Cause

What does a legendary restaurateur do when she’s diagnosed with MS? Throws a party, of course.

By Kathryn Robinson June 7, 2010

Doesn't get much better than the Pink Door's rooftop.

Since I need to maintain my restaurant reviewer’s anonymity I can’t go to restaurant parties, dang it. Don’t tell anyone, but here’s one I’m seriously considering breaking my rule for.

Jacqueline Roberts is impresario-slash-diva in residence—“owner” is just too small a word for this force of nature—at The Pink Door, the cult-favorite cabaret and pasta house tucked into a basement behind an unmarked pink door in Post Alley. The Parisian flea market explosion of decor…the pasta broccoli…the fact that at any moment a trapeze artist might soar over your head…the city’s most glorious outdoor deck…that’s the Pink Door.

But then you already know that. The Door is a Seattle classic that needs no introduction, its owner Jackie an industry visionary.

Which is why it came as such a shock when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the auto-immune disorder that is mysteriously more common in the Pacific Northwest than other parts of the world.

Retire to her sickbed? Not Jackie. Committed to finding a cure, she’s determined to raise money for MS research the best way she knows how.

She’s cookin’ up a party.

So come one, come all to the Festa per la Salute—Party for Health—on Sunday, June 27 from 5pm to 9pm. For $100 per person enjoy a feast of fresh Northwest seafood, the Door’s famous lasagne, grilled veggies, and wines, along with the usual cacophony of trapeze artists, stilt walkers, jazz musicians, accordion players, modern dancers, prosciutto slicers, beauties passing oysters… and of course those knockout views of Elliott Bay from the deck.

Medical professionals will also be in attendance to discuss their studies—some of which will benefit directly from this event. Seventy percent of the proceeds from Roberts’ party will go to groundbreaking research at The University at Buffalo, which has shown promising results in halting the progression of the disease.

See you there.

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