Although the leaves are turning red and yellow, October is the month for pink awareness, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A notable food event which builds awareness of the potentially deadly disease and adds a charitable component is James Beard-award winner Chef Todd English’s special dining program at Ça Va Brasserie in the Theater District. Chef English has created a special menu which evokes the color pink, a gentle and delicious reminder that there is much work to be done to eradicate breast cancer. Notable on Ça Va’s menu this month are dishes which include reddish or pinkish ingredients, all building awareness of the deadly disease and the need for the development of a cure. Proceeds from all dinners through the month will benefit the Wendy English Cancer Research Foundation.
The InterContinental Hotel, which is well situated across from Birdland jazz club and within walking distance of both Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters, is the location of Ça Va, a five-year old standout restaurant that has been feeding happy hotel guests and theater goer’s three meals a day. This month has special significance to Chef English, who established the Wendy English Cancer Research Foundation to honor his sister who passed away in 2006 at the age of 42 from breast cancer. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the dishes created for this month will be donated to the Foundation. Special red and pink dishes include Hubbard squash and gala apple soup, with a pomegranate crème fraiche; roasted halibut with fall harvest ratatouille; and New York cheesecake with Meyer lemon, graham cracker, and blueberry. Additionally, each guest dining on any of the special menu dishes will enjoy a pink raspberry madeleine to take home for breakfast the next day. 210 W. 44th Street, Manhattan. For reservations, 212.803.4545, or www.opentable.com. cavatoddenglish.com