"This event is the perfect opportunity for Doris Italian Market & Bakery to kick off the holiday season and promote a significant cause such as breast cancer beyond National Breast Cancer Awareness Month," said John Alfano, president of Doris Italian Market & Bakery in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, a season we tend to lose focus on in favor of mass consumerism. "The holidays are a great time of year to give back to the local community, and we hope to have a full house here that night, not only enjoy the food and wines of the season but also to raise money for the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund."
Doris Italian Market & Bakery has been a South Florida cultural institution since 1947, when it first opened as a small mom-and-pop butcher shop and deli in Hollywood. For those hankering for their beloved nonna's culinary magic, Doris has long been a bastion of the Italian-American community in Broward and Palm Beach counties with their old-school butcher shop, on-premise made sausages, and delicious osso buco.
But it's not all sleep-inducing eats for this five-location strong chain. The true spirit of an Italian kitchen lies within its generosity, and while you'd be pretty spessore nella testa (thick in the head, for those of you who don't speak Italian) to expect them to feed you for free every time you walk through their doors, they channel their inner spirit of giving in other ways. While National Breast Cancer Awareness Month might be October, the sad truth of breast cancer, and all cancers for that matter, is that they work year-round.
So for this Thanksgiving, before the act of "togetherness" gets ripped apart by stampeding shoppers the following morning, Doris' Coral Springs locale will host a Thanksgiving-themed food and winetasting with portions of the proceeds from ticket sales benefiting the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides breast care to women in the community who are financially unable to obtain screening mammograms and advanced high-quality breast imaging and biopsies.
The fund was founded in 2003 by Vincent and Terry Boccard in support of his sister, Lisa's fight with breast cancer. Along with numerous community partners and fundraising efforts, the fund has handled close to 1,200 screenings with 60 identifications for breast cancer. Often, early detection is the best defense against this terrible disease.
The event will feature storewide shopping as well as handsome discounts on a selection of more than 100 wines, which have been selected for their pair-ability with the American Thanksgiving dinner table as well as a buffet of showcasing their "Holiday Turkey" packages. The $29.95 ticket includes admission and a $10 store credit good toward purchases that night. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Coral Springs and Sunrise stores and will also be available at the door on the night of the event.
Questa è una buona cosa per mostrare a Nonna, no? (Again, this is a good thing to show off to Grandma, no?)
Doris Market Hosts Thanksgiving Food & Wine Tasting to Support Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 14, at the Coral Springs location, 2077 N. University Drive. Tickets cost $29.95 and include a $10 store credit. Call 954-346-7774, or visit dorismarket.com.