Pasadena, California: Discount Dining for a Good Cause

Every New Years’ Day, the not-so-sleepy town of Pasadena, California becomes the focal point of the entire world for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. A great tourist attraction and nighttime hotspot, Old Pasadena never fails to offer entertaining options for everyone. But this town has so much more to offer than football, colorful floral floats, marching bands and the Rose Queen herself!

Old Pasadena is home to over 50 restaurants serving all types of cuisine. And to take advantage of the goodies, local foodies and visitors can indulge in the best of Old Pasadena’s most popular restaurants at a deep discount, while helping feed those in need from June 1st through the 8th, 2010. For eight straight days, diners will savor three gourmet courses at one great price, starting as low as $15, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Union Station Homeless Services.

From June 1st through the 8th, local foodies and visitors can indulge in the best of Old Pasadena’s most popular restaurants at a deep discount, while helping feed those in need.

A diverse array of award -winning area restaurants will offer three course pre-fixed gourmet meals at a special deal with deluxe dining at $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner or fine dining at $25 for lunch and $35 for dinner. Exquisite dishes prepared by the area’s most talented chefs include:

  • Braised short ribs with sautéed Swiss chard, heirloom carrots and tatziki at Vertical Wine Bistro, chocolate beignets with strawberry sauce and caramel at Pop Champagne & Dessert Bar
  • Fresh pacific white fish with sautéed spinach, pea tendrils and roasted cherry tomatoes at La Grande Orange Café
  • Niman Ranch flat iron steak marinated in rosemary oil served with house made fries, grilled asparagus and molasses bordelaise sauce at Quadrupel Brasserie
  • Ham and cheese empanada at 1810 Argentinean Restaurant
  • Potato gnocchi with sautéed leeks, roasted mushroom, asparagus and garlic, spinach pesto at Green Street Tavern
  • Lotus on Fire Roll: spicy tuna, lotus root, and jalapeno on top of California roll at Kabuki
  • and many more!

A complete list of restaurants and menus are available at www.oldpasadena.org/restaurantweek.

Diners will not only marvel in the adventure of taste that Old Pasadena Restaurant Week offers, but will also enjoy helping others with 10% of event proceeds benefiting Union Station Homeless Services, celebrating 36 years of helping those in need. This year, Old Pasadena Management has partnered with Old Town Cooking School to host a very special cooking class paying tribute to Pasadena’s own Julia Child. Based on Mastering the Art of French Cooking, this unique lunch class will benefit Union Station Homeless Services with $20 from every ticket sold going towards the organization. All classes include a complete meal demonstration, a petite tutorial with wines and tasting, a petite tutorial on cheese and tasting, as well as a full buffet of the example meal. Attendees will also be given a handbook to take home with all the recipes. For more information please visit and to sign up for the class www.oldtowncookingschool.com. Old Pasadena Restaurant Week is produced by Old Pasadena Management District and Union Station.

ABOUT UNION STATION

In 1973, a group of community volunteers opened Union Station as a simple hospitality center to serve poor and homeless men in downtown Pasadena. Today, Union Station is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest and most comprehensive social service agency, assisting homeless and very low-income people. Their mission is to help men, women and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness. Services include community meals program, community shower program, career development and job placement, emergency shelter and much more. Visit www.unionstationhs.org for more information.

For more information including a list of participating restaurants and menus the public can visit www.oldpasadena.org/restaurantweek.,

Sonya Lee

Since a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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