By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and Miami Beach is bringing on the pink drinks, desserts and events to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, more than 3.8 million women have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. alone.
In South Beach, the 1 Hotel South Beach 2341 Collins Avenue is “going from green to pink” in order to support Breast Cancer Awareness month. The hotel, in partnership with Haute Living, will be hosting an awareness panel discussion, on October 18th from 5:30 PM until 8PM.
The event, ‘A Conversation about Breast Cancer,” will be an informative and interactive panel on the latest technology for early detection of the disease, as well as testimony from survivors and plastic surgeons that perform reconstructions. The admission fee is $30, and includes a Breast Cancer Screening with Pink Luminous Device, a glass of Rose, and entry to the panel.
The 1 Hotel is also featuring “Drink Pink at DRIFT,” throughout the month of October. Guests can order a Rosy Cheeks Cocktail for $12 at the hotel lobby, and part of the profits will go directly to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.
Also in South Beach, at 1100 West Avenue, the Mondrian South Beach’s pool party is renaming their weekly pool party as “Sundance Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Guests can order drinks from a menu that includes a full list of rosé, and diverse pink cocktails, like the Rosa Spritzer for $15. Part of the proceeds will go to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Gianni’s at The Villa at Casa Casuarina at 1116 Ocean Drive will offer the “Pink Passion in The Mansion” specialty cocktail for $26, partly benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. While the pastry chef Lobster Sea Grille at 404 Washington Avenue, created a limited-edition pink dessert to benefit breast cancer research.
International beach club, Nikki Beach, at 1 Ocean Drive, will donate fifty percent to their “Fight Like a Girl” menu to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The menu includes three pink drinks, the “Ginger Punch, Berry Strong and Gin Jab,” for $15, and a pink cheesecake for $12.
In Mid-Beach the Fontainebleau at 4441 Collins Avenue, will maintain their 11th “Bleau Goes Pink,” campaign in partnership with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami.
Guests can enjoy a three-course fixed-price menu for $55 throughout October at their acclaimed restaurants, Scarpetta, Hakkasan and StripSteak. For every dinner ordered $5 will be donated to Sylvester.
Thomas Connell, Vice President of Culinary Operations at the Fontainebleau commented on the initiative, “It’s important for us to involve all our signature restaurant in our efforts to raise funds for this important cause. When crafting our menus, we strive to offer guests a variety of options while also making sure to include signature items from each restaurant.”
He added, “This year, guests will receive a complimentary glass of rosé when dining from the prix fixe menu and they will also be able to indulge in signature dishes such as the Tomato & Basil Spaguetti from Scarpetta, the Instant Bacon from StripSteak and much more.
Further north, the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, at 6801 Collins Avenue, will host a Breast Cancer Awareness Day Retreat on October 12th, more details here.