Friday, October 16, 2009

Panera Bread's Pink Ribbon Bagel

Today I met with Steve Haydu of Panera Bread. He's the person who has made Panera Bread a presence at many Sacramento food and wine events and fundraisers. Today he told me all about a special bagel now on sale at Sacramento area Panera bread stores.

Until the end of this month, Panera Bread is featuring a Pink Ribbon Bagel. It's made with cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.

A portion of proceeds go to benefit breast cancer charities, specifically the American Cancer Society.

The product follows the tradition of thinking pink during the month of October in the quest to eradicate breast cancer disease. Steve also told me about Sue Stees, one of Panera Bread’s first franchisees and a breast cancer survivor. Sue developed the idea for the Pink Ribbon Bagel in 2001 as a way to help support the cause.

The bagels are almost pastry-like. They are very sweet, and best served warm. The cherries and brown sugar in the bagel make cream cheese almost unnecessary.

Panera Bread won best bread in the recent Best of Sacramento awards, but Panera Bread locations are not just merely bread stores. They can also be described as cafés serving pastries, bagels, soups, sandwiches, and salads. Their coffee is always fresh brewed, with the time it was made indicated on the dispenser. If you are watching your caloric intake, you can find their nutritional information here.

So, head into Panera Bread and pick up a pink ribbon bagel before the end of the month––or try something from their café menu. Also, look for Panera Bread at some of your favorite Sacramento area fundraising events.

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