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As the Wine Director and Co-Owner of BIN 36, I have the opportunity to support various charities and organizations through donations and special events. This August, I decided to take our philanthropic efforts a step further by creating the “Real Men Drink Pink” campaign, benefiting Bright Pink, the only national breast cancer organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high risk individuals. Their efforts and work resonate with me on a personal level.

My family has been disproportionately affected by breast cancer.  I lost my mother, Barbara Duncan, in 1985 at the age of 57, and her sister a couple of years later.  Since then, three of my mother’s sisters have been diagnosed and treated for this indiscriminately vicious disease.  These women shared many things other than breast cancer, including beauty, strength, compassion, dignity, grace, great senses of humor, intelligence, and a passion for life.

We all know someone in our lives that has been touched by the devastating effects of breast cancer.  I am not a doctor, so I have found myself feeling helpless and constantly wondering how I could fight back.  Well, I have figured out a way. I’ve teamed with some of Chicago’s leading men including: Chef Rick Bayless, WLS Radio Host Roe Conn, CEO and Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions Billy Dec, ABC 7’s “Hungry Hound” Steve Dolinskyr, Chicago Bears Kicker Robbie Gould, Time Out Chicago Group Publisher Randy Hano, Chef Paul Kahan, One Off Hospitality Partner/Owner Donnie Madia, Check Please! Owner David Manilow, Naha Owner Michael Nahabedian, and Media Personality Richard Roeper.

It’s a way to say to all women that we care, we support you and that I will do what I can to make others aware that breast cancer has not been cured.  Most importantly, we’re in the fight with you and this is a community-wide issue.

Beginning August 10th through August 17th top Chicago restaurants will be pouring outstanding rose wines at $10 a glass in support of breast cancer awareness and Bright Pink. The campaign is “REAL MEN DRINK PINK.”  100% of the proceeds will go to Bright Pink for raising breast cancer awareness.

Bring your friends, family, office, and even strangers to visit these stellar restaurants and show your support.  Buy a glass, a bottle, or just donate generously at any of the participating restaurants.  You can do this.  While supporting this meaningful initiative, you will have the pleasure of sampling great food and wine from some of Chicago’s best!  Have fun and make a difference all at once.

“Real Men Drink Pink” participating restaurants include BIN 36, Boka, Frontera, Naha, NoMI Kitchen, Publican, Rockit, Sunda,  Telegraph, Topolobampo, and Webster’s Wine Bar. To learn more about Real Men Drink Pink, visit or call 312.755.WINE.

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