I don’t like to do press-release types of posts… But coming from a cancer lineage family (my family comes from Hiroshima), this one really really hit a soft spot in my heart.
As you all may already know, October is National Breast Cancer awareness month – which is the most common non-skin cancer in women (about 1 in every 8 women are diagonosed in the states). That’s why you’ve been seeing a lot of pink in the past month, thanks to the the Susan G. Komen foundation. They’re the world leader in its awareness movement (and pushing all the pink ribbons and Yoplait-lid collecting).
And now a local restaurant teamed up with the foundation and painted its storefront pink.
Pink. Right on Melrose. That takes some balls.
For one whole month, Osteria La Buca is donating 100 of their proceeds to the Susan G. Komen foundation. ALL OF IT. Other news to note, according to their PR agent, Dan Cox:
For the month of October, Snyder (owner) has committed 100% of the restaurant’s proceeds to Susan G Komen For The Cure. Yes, you read that correctly. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! The restaurant will feature a PINK menu, with healthy dining options and a selection of PINK drinks. These items will change weekly, opening with a Pink Sangria and a Healthful (and delicious!) vegetable and antioxidant- rich flatbread. Those offerings, however, serve as a means of promoting conversation with our guests – all menu items, food and beverage are included in the Komen program. In addition, Snyder has offered up the venue to the charity for meetings, dinners, and fundraisers throughout the month. La Buca will also offer complimentary food delivery service to patients and their families undergoing breast cancer treatment at Cedars Sanai.
They invited some of us bloggers for a media preview dinner too. Mosey on to see what’s on the Pink Menu…
First off, the pink Italian Rose Sangria, infused with peaches, raspberries, and fresh fruit & a hint of St. Germaine. Served iced in a wine glass, Garnished with fresh mint & raspberries. It’s very light, with a faint peach flavor. A nice, elegant departure from the other pink drink, the Cosmo.
Their PINK menu is not on the regular menu, but instead is written on the blackboard menu above the bar. It features light, anti-oxidant rich vegetables and rotates regularly. The current PINK menu consisted of…
Garlic roasted kale, mushroom, tomato & fig flat bread pizza with a sprinkle of goat cheese, some drops of tomato sauce, and finish of with little extra virgin olive oil and maldon sea salt. Beautifully thin, crispy crust and perfect balance of ingredients. This alone made me wish that I didn’t live so far.
Butternut Squash risotto with sage and red chili. Unfortunately I didn’t try because I am allergic to squash, but I did hear compliments about it.
We were also served some off-menu items.
Steamed Asparagus with Duck Eggs and Fresh Parmesan. So simple and rustic in execution, but manages to be fancy due to the sweet duck yolk.
Ossobuco Risotto. Surprisingly spicy!
The meal was also supplemented with some items from their regular menu:
Burrata. Burrata di Stefano, Prosciutto di San Daniele, heirloom tomatoes, basil, olive oil. Creamy and salty, balanced by juicy tomatoes. Can’t really go wrong with that.
Fusilli e Lenticchie. Dupuis lentils, sundried tomatoes, arugula, dried ricotta, truffle oil. Never knew that lentils would work in a pasta – this one was one of my favorite dishes.
And their lovely Tiramisu. It seemed a little lighter than the last time I had it. Delicious!
So. Go to Osteria La Buca. Do the world a little good and try their food for boobs menu. It’ll be money well spent.
Read more about the Pink Menu on LAist.
Osteria La Buca
5210 melrose ave.
los angeles, ca 90038