Panera Bread of Southeast Michigan has debuted five new fall-inspired menu items. To celebrate the new tastes of the season, all 41 metro Detroit bakery-cafes will give out free samples of new items during a Share the Dough event on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The samples given away throughout the day will include bite-sized portions of the new BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad, Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich, Breakfast Power Sandwich, Fudge Brownies and Macadamia Nut Blondies.

In addition to the samples, Panera Bread will donate a portion of proceeds from all loaves of bread and half dozen or more bagels purchased to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, its local Operation Dough-Nation partner.

This is one way Panera Bread joins with its customers to support local communities. In 2008, Panera Bread bakery-cafes collectively donated a retail value of more than $50 million worth of bread and baked goods to charitable organizations helping to address the need for food distribution in its local communities.

“We encourage all customers to stop by their local bakery-cafe, sample our new products and join us in supporting Children’s Hospital of Michigan,” said Lee Carmona, area director of Panera Bread of the Great Lakes Region.

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