Johnny Carino's, an Italian restaurant company with more than 80 locations nationwide, is rolling out its annual Big Crush promotion with a specially priced menu in celebration of the grape harvest season in Italy. In addition, Johnny Carino's is taking a stand against breast cancer during Big Crush by raising funds for The National Breast Cancer Foundation for the second consecutive year. In 2014, Johnny Carino's raised more than $125,000.

The Big Crush menu features two new dishes that will satisfy seafood and meat lovers. The Grilled Salmon is a 6-ounce grilled filet served over pasta and a choice of spicy Mediterranean or lemon butter sauce. The Italian Surf & Turf is a 12-ounce Nolan Ryan All-Natural Ribeye grilled to order flavored with house-made Italian rub of fresh garlic, rosemary, and seasoning blend, topped with Lobster Ravioli, and served with a choice of rosemary potatoes or fresh vegetables. 

The Big Crush menu also features some of Johnny Carino's most popular appetizers and dishes at a special price. Guests can pair their meals with a new specialty cocktail, named Strawberry Crush, made with Fetzer Moscato and strawberry puree that is only available during Big Crush. A percentage of the sales from the Big Crush menu and Strawberry Crush will go to NBCF.

Guests can also make a $2 donation that can be added to their check. In return, they will receive a coupon for a free appetizer [valued up to $8.99] that they can use on their next visit.

The annual Big Crush celebration at Johnny Carino's is a tradition inspired by the grape harvest season in Italy that is marked by many celebrations throughout the season.

"Our annual Big Crush promotion gives us the opportunity to raise money to fight breast cancer, and highlight some of our signature dishes and great drink specials," says Creed Ford III, CEO at Johnny Carino's. "We invite all of our guests to join us in this year's Big Crush fundraising campaign and help us stomp out breast cancer."

"We are grateful to partner with Johnny Carino's again this year on their 'Big Crush' promotion during October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month," adds Janelle Hail, NBCF co-founder & CEO. "The funds they raise will allow us to provide early detection services for women in all 50 states." 

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