Getting sweet on a cure
Published 11:50 am Thursday, November 12, 2009
Robin Howell at La Reunion Coffee in Helena can’t bake her giant cream cheese frosted cinnamon rolls fast enough this week.
La Reunion and a long list of other restaurants have banded together with the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center for the Sweet on a Cure fundraiser.
Through Nov. 15, participating restaurants will provide 100 percent of their proceeds from select desserts cancer research.
For Howell the fundraiser touches deep.
It just so happens Howell’s own mother has benefited greatly from the UAB Cancer Center.
“My mother just got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and gets her treatment there every week,” Howell said. “I thought, ‘I have to do it because they have been so good to her.’”
Howell said she thought it was a unique idea because everybody loves sweets. She also thought it definitely couldn’t hurt business.
Oscar Clemente, manager of Café Trentuno in Pelham, said his restaurant felt it was a win–win fundraiser as well.
“We thought it was something we could do for the community and thought it might help bring new customers our way as well,” he said.
Howell has seen a definite interest.
“I had one girl come by and buy four trays of cinnamon rolls,” Howell said. “It definitely doesn’t hurt to have the name associated with the cause.”
Shelby County restaurants are offering the following desserts:
122 Tree Lane (Helena)
Sweet Magnolia Chocolate
Bellini’s Ristorante & Bar (North Shelby)
Cafe Lazio (Hoover)
Cafe Trentuno (Helena)
Raspberry white chocolate, dulce de leche and a chocolate cheesecakes
Chuck’s Fish (North Shelby)
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
Donut Joe’s (Pelham)
Edgar’s Bakery (North Shelby, Pelham)
Awareness Ribbon Petit Fours, Cupcakes and Sugar Cookies
Elements Corner Cafe (Helena)
Frankie’s Market Café (Helena)
Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar.B.Q. (Alabaster)
Joe’s Italian (Alabaster)
Carrot Cupcake for the Cure
La Dolce Vita (Hoover)
La Reunion Coffee and Tea Company
Giant cream cheese frosted cinnamon rolls
Miss Rosemarie’s Special Teas (Hoover)
Petrucelli’s (North Shelby)
Ragtime Cafe (North Shelby)
Key Lime Pie
Superior Grill (Hoover)
Heath Bar Pie