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Now at Panera: Pink Ribbon Bagel to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Panera Bread's signature Pink Ribbon Bagel is back for the month of October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Panera Bread has Northern Virginia locations in Arlington, Falls Church, Bailey's Crossroads, Alexandria, Merrifield, McLean, Virginia, West Springfield, Fairfax and Reston participating for the 10th year in a row to help support the fight against breast cancer.

The bagels will be sold throughout the month of October and the participating bakery-cafes will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel to the Inova Health Systems Life with Cancer Program. Not only will the bagel support breast cancer awareness, it is also delicious! The bagel includes cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.

Wildfire to Host Pork and Pinot Wine Dinner

This was sent to us from Wildfire Restaurant in Tyson's Corner:

Join us at Wildfire for a five course dinner featuring farm fresh ingredients from Round Hill Virginia’s Bay Haven Farm. Each course will be paired with a hand-selected pinot noir as Anna and Daniel Cohen, owners of Bay Haven Farm, share with us their journey from city to country life.

The evening will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, 3rd floor, McLean, VA. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and wine pairings at 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited.  Please call Michelle Bringham at (703) 442-9110 to reserve a table.

Favorite Restaurant

So, I have been in Chicago for the past few days getting out and checking out the sites - it is crazy how much that town has changed since I lived there. It’s always good to get back to my roots and the food there – unreal. I forget how many great restaurants there are out there and that is probably because I spend my life in one. So, I need some help. I don’t have much time to get out so I need some recommendations for some of Virginia and DC’s best restaurants. Any type of food, any type of ambiance – I just want to know what the next place is that I should try. Hook a brother up.

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Cupcake Class at Wildfire

Cupcakes have truly been all the rage. Now you and your kids can learn how to bake, frost, decorate, and devour your very own delicious cupcakes! On Saturday, September 25, Wildfire is hosting a cupcake class for the whole family. WUSA9 Reporter Jessica Doyle is hosting the class with her daughter Sophia along with Wildfire Executive Chef Steven Lukis with his son Spencer.

This hands-on cupcake class will be held at the Wildfire in Tyson’s Galleria in McLean, VA from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $20 per adult and this covers up to 2 kids. Part of the proceeds will go to Food for Others, which is the largest distributor of free food to people in need in the Northern Virginia area.

Make your reservations now by contacting Michelle Bringham at 703-442-9110.

RSVP Catering to Host Wedding Tasting Event

RSVP Catering invites you to a special evening of wedding tasting on Tuesday, September 14th! You will get the opportunity to try out cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, and dinner.

The tasting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until 7:00 p.m. at the RSVP Catering headquarters at 2930 Prosperity Avenue in Fairfax, VA.

Please RSVP to weddings@rsvpcatering.com if you are interested in attending. For more information about RSVP Catering's weddings you can visit: http://www.rsvpcatering.com/index.php/weddings/.

DC Restaurant Week Hits VA Neighborhoods

Luckily DC Restaurant Week is not limited to the District. DC Summer Restaurant Week starts tonight and runs through Sunday, August 22. Over 200 restaurants are participating, and many of them are in Virginia neighborhoods. Make your reservation today on OpenTable.com and get your taste buds ready for a gourmet, multi-course meal!

This 16th biannual DC Restaurant Week is sponsored by Cadillac and American Express. For all participating restaurants the pricing is set as follows:

Lunch: $20.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Dinner: $35.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Beverages, gratuity and tax are not included.

Here are the participating Virginia restaurants:

2941 Restaurant
2941 Fairview Park Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-270-1500

A la Lucia
315 Madison St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-836-5123