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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.

Lighting Up in Restaurants Leads to Arrest

As of December 2009, according to Virginia state law, smoking in restaurants is prohibited. Some people have been ignoring this new regulation and have had to face consequences. Police in Falls Church arrested nine smokers last week after receiving numerous complaints about people smoking in a group of Vietnamese restaurants in Eden Center. Four more people were arrested for allowing the smokers to light up.

All of the arrests that occurred last week were in the 6700 block of Wilson Boulevard in the center of Seven Corners. Those arrested were given citations and fines.

35th Annual Fall Festival & Taste of Falls Church

The City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division will host the City’s 35th Annual Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church on Saturday, September 11. The Festival will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Park located at 312 Park Ave in Falls Church, VA.

Come join ring in the fall with live music, amusement rides, pony rides and arts and crafts! There will also be lots of local businesses and civic organizations represented at the festival. You will even get a chance to sample cuisines from various restaurants in town as a part of the “Taste of Falls Church.” The cost will be $3 per taste or 10 tastes for $25.

Admission to the festival is free and it will be happening rain or shine!

Here is the stage entertainment lineup:  

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