Restaurants Help ‘Food For First Responders’ Deliver Meals to Urgent Care Workers

The Food for First Responders Program bought lunch from Pasadena Sandwich Company for Exer Urgent Care’s staff.

A contingent of popular Pasadena restaurants are providing food in supporting workers on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 in the Chamber of Commerce’s Food For First Responders Program.
“Through the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation, we have raised money to deliver food to Exer Urgent Care in East Pasadena and have arranged for some of our local restaurants to provide take-out for critical care workers assisting COVID-19 patients at Huntington Hospital,” said Pasadena Chamber CEO Paul Little. “We are happy to do a little something for the healthcare workers who do so much to keep us all safe and healthy.”
Beginning two weeks ago, Pasadena Sandwich Company and Raffi’s Catering and Banquet began delivering food to Exer Urgent Care. Exer works with Huntington Hospital to relieve the strain on emergency room personnel by providing non-life threatening urgent care services.
This past weekend, Food For First Responders is beginning the take-out program for Huntington Hospital’s critical care workers in partnership with Parkway Grill, Mijares Mexican Restaurant, Mi Piace, Green Street Restaurant, El Portal and Bistro 45.
“People and organizations in the Pasadena area are incredibly generous,” Little said. “They want to provide help and support for the people doing the front-line work and this was one way they could help. They also want to support our local restaurants as they struggle to remain open. We’re very grateful to all the donors and will continue the effort until the ‘Safer at Home’ orders are lifted and our critical care workers and first responders are no longer dealing with coronavirus patients.”

Huntington Hospital critical care workers receive take-out meals at Mi Piace courtesy of Food for First Responders.

To donate, visit and click on the link to donate to Food for First Responders. People can also send check to Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Foundation at 44 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, 91106. “One hundred percent of money collected will be used to purchase and deliver food to local emergency rooms as well as first responders and those staffing urgent care centers here in Pasadena,” Little said. “We encourage people to donate as much or as little as they can afford.”

Restaurateurs Nourish Ties to Nonprofits, Flavor City’s Culture

Pasadena’s restaurateurs
Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK
Pasadena’s restaurateurs, many of whom have been operating local eateries for decades, include (front row, from left) Armando Ramirez, Abel Ramirez, Gale Kohl, R-lene Mijares de Lang and Pete Gallanis. Back: Michael Hawkins, Bob Harrison, John Bicos, Michael Osborn, Rick Liss, Robin Salzer and Gregg Smith.

It may have once been known as an idyllic suburban hub surrounded by orange groves and craftsman cottages, but Pasadena’s urban center has morphed in recent decades into a nexus of leisure, entertainment and gastronomy comparable to that of any metropolitan city, with offerings as diverse as the people who inhabit the City of Roses. Continue reading “Restaurateurs Nourish Ties to Nonprofits, Flavor City’s Culture”

Cancer Support Community Honors Its Angels

R-lene Mijares de Lang, Tina Jimenez, Tom Recendez and Alice Mijares Recendez
R-lene Mijares de Lang, Tina Jimenez, Tom Recendez and
Alice Mijares Recendez
David and Margaret Mgrublian
David and Margaret Mgrublian

Cancer Support Community Pasadena announces its Angel Award honorees and celebrity emcee at the 26th annual Angel Gala, “Black, White & Bling” on Saturday, April 21, at a local golf club.
CSCP will honor Margaret and David Mgrublian with the individual Angel Award. For nearly 20 years, the Mgrublians have invested generously in CSCP’s programs and services, opened their home for donor receptions, and shown great dedication and commitment to those in our community who are facing cancer.
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