For the entire month of October, more than 24 DC area restaurants have committed their establishments for one day, a week, or the entire month, and will generously donate a portion of their food and beverage sales to the first annual Take a Bite out of Breast Cancer - an outreach and fundraising campaign focusing on educating Washington, DC area residents about the importance of early detection and awareness and supports Pink Jams!, a DC area non-profit promoting breast cancer awareness to young men and women.
Washington, DC has the highest mortality rate for women from breast cancer in the United States. 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 DC area native, Christa Floresca.
Some of DC's top restaurants, such as Hank’s Oyster Bar, Pesce, Bangkok Joe’s, Todd Gray’s Watershed, and Proof, have generously agreed to participate to help Pink Jams! achieve this important awareness mission. Shane Mayson, Events Manager for Hank's Restaurants said, "We are proud to support Take a Bite out of Breast Cancer. Executive Chef Jamie Leeds is a huge supporter of women's issues and as the President of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) she is very passionate about helping this very important cause."
In addition to the participating restaurants, more than 35 local food bloggers have teamed up to support the cause, participating restaurants, and to help get the word out. Each of the food bloggers will serve as an “Ambassador” and will partner with a participating restaurant on various days throughout the month. There are many options for diners who wish to show their support for this very important cause. There are restaurants participating in a variety of DC area neighborhoods and on almost every single night in the month of October. Check out the Pink Jams! website for a full listing of participating restaurants and dates.