Fearless Foodie:

Panera Is Pink!

Here's a super simple way to observe October Breast Cancer Awareness month: purchase a Pink Ribbon Bagel from a Knoxville area Panera. 

Here's the dossier on the bagel:  "Shaped in the form of the iconic pink ribbon, the Pink Ribbon Bagel features cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar, and is baked fresh each morning."

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I was also interested to learn that Panera was making these back in the day. Here's the moving story: "The Pink Ribbon Bagel concept began in 2001 when Sue Stees, co-owner of 18 Panera Bread franchises and a breast cancer survivor, began searching for ways to help other women fighting the same disease. Her search led her to the kitchen where she developed the Pink Ribbon Bagel. She sold 27,000 bagels in her bakery-cafes that first year and was awarded the "You Can Make a Difference Award" from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. To date, more than eight million Pink Ribbon Bagels have been sold.  

"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this simple bagel concept - created in my Tulsa bakery-cafe - would grow to where it is today, educating the community on breast cancer and inspiring those who are fighting this disease," Stees said. "I'm extremely blessed to have survived to see the Pink Ribbon Bagel make such an impact over more than a decade." 

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Rose Kennedy covers the Knoxville foodie scene with small discoveries, new openings, rumors, and tastings.