Every year, Pink October is celebrated around the world to raise awareness for breast cancer and celebrate those who battle the disease every day. This year, Shangri-La hotels around the world are gearing up to do their part in the fight against breast cancer throughout the month of October.
During Pink October, chefs at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai will be pretty in pink as they adorn bright pink aprons to raise awareness of the important cause. Guests dining at the Lobby Lounge can enjoy pink strawberry and tonka bean velvet cupcakes with tea and coffee, designed specially by Saw Khaing, the hotel’s executive pastry chef. Dunes Café will feature a pink-themed dessert buffet throughout the month, serving Chef Saw’s velvet cupcakes, strawberry and cream mille feuille, rose éclairs, raspberry lamingtons and a pink chocolate fountain.
The proceeds of the hotel’s pink apron purchases will be donated to The Pink Caravan, a pan-United Arab Emirates breast cancer awareness initiative that is supported by The Pink Brigade, a charitable initiative that focuses on healthy lifestyles to help the fight against cancer.
In Hong Kong, Chef Ricardo Chaneton will honor his aunt Patricia who battled cancer with a special dessert named after her. Guests can give back by savoring the Patricia, a raspberry, lychee and lavender creation at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong’s Restaurant Petrus throughout October. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry.
Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai will be flush with pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month with pink-themed initiatives. The hotel will offer a host of exciting dining treats ranging from pink afternoon tea delights at Lobby Lounge and pink brunches at Yi Café, to health-inspired dishes at Gui Hua Lou and an indulgent Pink Champange Lunch at Jade on 36. In addition, guests who wear pink to show their support for the breast cancer awareness program will receive special dining privileges at the hotel’s restaurants and bars.
Guests can further sweeten the celebration with a delightful Pink Macaron made with fresh raspberries and coated with chocolate created by Beat Loeffel, the hotel’s executive pastry chef. The hotel will also offer a pink-themed treatment at CHI, The Spa, sell limited-edition pink plush bears and pink rubber bracelets, and welcome the Vienna Boys’ Choir on Tuesday, October 4 for a special concert followed by a dinner buffet. A portion of the proceeds from each activity will be donated to More Than Aware, a local non-profit organization that raises awareness for breast cancer and helps women going through treatment.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore will recognize Pink October with multiple dining initiatives at its many outlets. Hervé Potus, area executive pastry chef, will show support for breast cancer awareness with a limited edition Strawberry Yuzu Thought Cake. The heart-shaped strawberry and vanilla sponge cake is decorated with a pink chocolate Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon and frosted with a cloud of yuzu cream and delicate lemon caviar.
“I chose to create this cake using these unique flavors because apart from their deliciously refreshing qualities, strawberries are a symbol love and rebirth, lemons represent energy, cleansing and health, and yuzu is traditionally regarded as a sign of longevity in Japan,” said Potus. “In this way, every cake is an expression of our positive wishes and truly a gift from the heart.”
The Strawberry Yuzu Thought Cakes are priced at SGD38 (about USD28) each and SGD3.80 (about USD2.77) per cake sold will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Also at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, The Rose Veranda will present a Pink High Tea Buffet throughout October with scones, tea sandwiches, cakes, a carving station, sushi and sashimi. The buffet will be enhanced further with a rotating selection of sweet pink pastries such as rose macarons, strawberry lychee bars, pink eclairs with cream, raspberry cookies and cream, pink guava sago shooters, berry shooters, berry tarts and a pink chocolate fountain. Guests can accompany the culinary offerings with a choice of 164 premium tea blends. The Rose Veranda’s Pink High Tea Buffet is priced at SGD52 (about USD71) per adult.
For diners who prefer a more traditional afternoon tea, the hotel’s Lobby Court will host a Three Tier Pink Afternoon Tea with pink sweets and unique savory delicacies including a rose petal bun filled with crab, duck parfait with pink guava chutney on brioche, pink crepes with avocado and smoked salmon, raspberry scones with clotted cream and jams, pink cupcakes and strawberry lemon truffles.
Diners at both The Rose Veranda and Lobby Court can enhance their afternoon tea experiences with Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé or two-time recipient of the Best Sparking Rosé of Chile, Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Sparkling Rosé, Curico Valley, Chile. The hotel will donate 15 percent of the proceeds from each bottle sold to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Thank you to the hotels that are getting in the Pink October spirit of giving.