Tuesday, October 26, 2010
In case you didn't know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer awareness is almost synonymous with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, who has teamed up with a hard-to-miss restaurant located at 5210 Melrose Avenue in the Hollywood area. Why is it hard to miss? Because it's BRIGHT PINK. According to Dan Cox for Public Relations, the owner of Osteria La Buca, Graham Snyder, is so devoted to the cause that he has painted the restaurant's exterior pink for month of October, on top of donating 100% of the proceeds of this entire month to Komen! Whaaaat? For more info on the amazing generosity of Mr. Snyder, please check out Dan's blog because if you just read what's written on the Osteria La Buca website is way too modest.
Thanks to Dan and H.C., I was fortunate enough to go to a preview dinner and got some of the behind-the-scenes scoop about what the restaurant is up to. They were actually in the process of renovating the restaurant but decided to halt the project to devote the month of October to breast cancer awareness. Some of the items we tasted were "pink" items off their special weekly rotating menu, so you won't find them on the menu on the website.
We started out with an Italian Rose Sangria...or pink sangria! It was yum but I couldn't taste a lot besides grapefruit, which I loved because I love grapefruit.
The first dish out was a garlic roasted kale, mushroom, tomato and fig flatbread pizza. I was not a huge huge fan of the figs on there, maybe if they weren't such thick slices, but it was overall delish and I really liked the kale on there. Unfortunately, my pictures of that came out gross so I didn't post. Instead, above on the right is the Burrata (Burrata di Stefano, Prosciutto di San Daniele, heirloom tomatoes, basil, olive oil). I've never had bad prosciutto and still haven't. Italians know prosciutto. And apparently so does the South according to Dan, sort of, but that's going to come at a later date.
(clockwise from top left: Asparagus with Duck Egg sprinkled with Parm, Osso Buco Risotto, Tiramisu, Fusilli e Lenticchie [dupuis lentils, ovendried and cherry tomatoes, argula, dry ricotta, truffle oil]. Not pictured due to crummy photog skills, Butternut Squash Risotto)
All the food was super tasty, but I think everyone agreed that the Osso Buco Risotto was the winner that night. It had a little spice at the end, which you don't normally find in a risotto, and the veal was so tender. Drool.
The tiramisu was super light and not soggy like ones I've had before. I also didn't walk away with gross coffee breath so I was pleased. And I really liked the fork shape on top.
I love food but I'm not really a picky eater. For example, despite my sister's disgust, I have no problem eating Costco sushi. Even though this was sort of a foodie event, what I found most interesting (besides the fact that 100% of the proceeds are going to Komen. Again, whaaaattt?) was the eco side of this restaurant.
They normally make deliveries within a 1.5-mile radius on an all-electric motorcycle (as seen below). In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they are also delivering for free, on said motorcycle, food to patients undergoing breast cancer treatment and their families at Cedars-Sinai. Where does the generosity end??
You wouldn't be able to tell right away, but if you take a closer look at some of the decor, you'll find hints of upcycling. Below to the left is a chandelier made of old wine bottles. Want.
For their renovation/expansion, they have hired a local artist who works for a non-profit teaching at-risk youths how to build ships? Sort of random. I'm just going off memory here so correct me if I'm wrong. I couldn't find more info on him, but I'm sure he'll do great things with the space. He's going to be using repurposed wood from old barns for the walls and for all the handmade furniture. Handmade. All of it. I can't wait to see it after the renovations!
There isn't much time left in October to get to Osteria La Buca so you better hurry! The prices are pretty reasonable, the food is great and it's for a great cause! GO NOW.
For more info (and better descriptions/more pics of food), check out posts from some other bloggers who went to the tasting: Dishing Up Delights, e*star LA, inomthings, Hungry Hungry Hanh, green LA girl, ShopEatSleep.