Writing about bars and restaurants is a funny thing. Well, it's a wonderful thing, but a cursory scan of the day's international headlines, or news of a relative's less-than-encouraging medical diagnosis can make this corner of the world feel a little frivolous. But Seattle's food community is stellar when it comes to supporting causes. And October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is a biggie.
Below is a rundown of specials around town that benefit breast cancer research, awareness, or support for survivors. And I know there are more of them out there, so please leave them in the comments.
Order a $12 Pink Naomi cocktail, made with sake, vodka, and fresh strawberry puree, and 20 percent of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen Puget Sound. Chef Kerry Sear devised the drink in honor of his late cousin, Naomi.
High 5 Pie
Dani Cone's coffee and pie mini-empire is donating a portion of all its proceeds this month to Gilda's Club Seattle. High 5's shop on Capitol Hill currently sports an eyecatching pink window dressing, encouraging passersby to come in and share photos, memories, and notes saluting anyone who has been affected by breast cancer.
John Howie Steak and Seastar
Howie is the king of good causes, so its no surprise his Bellevue steakhouse and two seafood restaurants are involved in supporting breast cancer awareness. For the entire month of October, John Howie Steak and the two Seastar locations are featuring a cocktail called Kiss from a Rose. It's made with lemon tea–flavored vodka, cardamom amaro, blanco vermouth, pomegranate puree, and honey syrup. One dollar from each drink sold will go to the local affiliate of the Young Survival Coalition. Last year's October cocktail netted more than $500 for the organization. The Kiss from a Rose is $7 during happy hour and $10 regularly.
The Pink Door
Order a pink cocktail at the Pink Door (namely the Pink Madonna made with vodka and housemade pink lemonade) and $1 will be donated to the local chapter of the Young Survival Coalition. This group supports women younger than 40 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The Pink Madonna is $10 and donations happen throughout October.
On Friday, October 12, Joe Fugere's chainlet of certified Neapolitan pizzerias (in Columbia City, Wallingford, Westlake, and Issaquah) will donate 20 percent of sales to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Seattle-based charity funds research and education. Make a donation at Tutta Bella before then, and the company will match it up to $5,000. And, the foundation's founder, Garrett Mullen, will match it once again (up to $5,000), meaning a donation here effectively gets tripled.