Wednesday, January 21, 2009
As a company founded and based in Pittsburgh, we can’t hide our hometown pride that the Steelers are headed to the Super Bowl next Sunday. In our Pittsburgh-area restaurants, we have had a long standing tradition of icing our famous Smiley cookies in black and gold for the Steelers season. Our guests seem to like our “Steelers Smiley Cookies,” especially when Super Bowl fever hits Pittsburgh. During the Steelers last Super Bowl run in January 2006, the Steelers Smiley Cookie was part of the official bet of both the mayor of Pittsburgh and the governor of PA – a great tribute to the Smiley Cookie’s place in the hearts of Pittsburghers.
Pittsburghers are a very loyal bunch, and even if they move out of the area, they don’t soon forget the team they rooted for growing up. We’re reminded of that every day when we see orders of Steelers Smiley Cookies sent from our online store to California, Washington, Texas, South Carolina, and every other state in the country! We try to do our part to as well – during the AFC Championship week, we offered free shipping to the state of Maryland so that Steelers fans trapped in Ravens territory could enjoy a taste of home. We even shipped Steelers Smiley Cookies to Ray Lewis to ease what was sure to be a tough Sunday for him. We haven’t heard back from him if he liked them or not.
For the Super Bowl, we wanted to help Steeler Nation show their support, so we decided to go big: we created new gift packs that combined two Pittsburgh icons: Steelers Smiley Cookies and special Super Bowl XLIII edition Terrible Towels. Since Steeler Nation extends further than just Western PA, we offered to ship the gift packs free to anywhere in the country. These were so popular, we sold out in less than a week!!
And, because the Steelers have a pretty large fan base among our Eat’n Park team members, we’ve decided to give them a gift of their own: we’re closing our restaurants at 3:00 pm the day of the big game, so that they can enjoy it at home. We’ll reopen at 6:00 am on Monday morning – hopefully in a celebratory mood after a record sixth Super Bowl win!
Go Steelers! Your loyal fans at Eat’n Park are behind you! Share
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Those of you who are frequent guests know that we have many classic items on our menu. Our Breakfast Smiles, Nantucket Cod, and of course, the Superburger are perennial favorites among guests. However, we try to add fresh, new selections to our menu at least a few times a year.
So, allow me to introduce you to a few items that we’ve just added. First, our Chicken Fiesta Omelette. We’ve stuffed this 3-egg omelette with grilled fajita-seasoned chicken, Pepper Jack cheese and onions, and we’ve topped it with spicy queso sauce and tortilla strips. You might ask, “Who eats chicken for breakfast - and how did you come up with this one?” Well, just last year, John Frick and I took a trip to San Diego where we tasted a similar item. We returned home, shared it with our menu development committee, and after a few tweaks to make it our own, the Chicken Fiesta Omelette was born.
The next two additions are guest favorites from our fall specials menu. You ordered, we listened! The Mile-High Meatloaf and the Gourmet Grilled Cheese are two comfort foods that are now here to stay. The meatloaf is stacked with mashed potatoes, gravy, and onion rings – all atop grilled Italian bread. Ever wondered how meatloaf came to be? Check out my earlier post on this American institution. The Gourmet Grilled Cheese is a fresh take on a classic sandwich, with melted American, Swiss, and Pepper Jack cheeses and bacon on grilled six-grain bread. It makes my mouth water just writing about it.
Keep an eye out for new specials and menu items throughout the year. And, when we have a special that you really like, let us know by posting your comments here. We may just decide to put it on the regular menu!
Until next time,
The holidays passed us by all too quickly, but we thought we’d share some photos from a couple of our luckiest guests who received very special gifts last month.
First, Karra W. of Medina, Ohio took home a brand new Mercury Mariner, courtesy of our partners, the Pittsburgh Lincoln Mercury Dealers’ Association. Karra’s ticket was pulled from more than 60,000 raffle tickets entered in the drawing. All proceeds benefitted local children’s hospitals as part of our Caring for Kids campaign.
Second, throughout the month of November, we held our “Steelers Make Me Smile” Sweepstakes contest in our Pittsburgh-area stores. 42 winners received prizes ranging from Eat’n Park gift cards to autographed Steelers jerseys. But one lucky winner took home the grand prize: a Steelers VIP experience, complete with tickets to the 12/28 Steelers vs. Browns game, sideline passes, and more. Our big winner was Lynda C. of Butler, PA, who said, “We had an awesome time. What a way to experience my first Steelers game!”
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
With so many people making resolutions to eat healthy in 2009, I thought I’d share a popular recipe that’s both healthy and delicious. With only 259 calories per serving, our Stuffed Sole will be good to your taste buds AND your waistline.
Note: Nutritional data varies depending on the portion size used. Data below is for a 3 oz. sole portion, without the hollandaise topping.
Calories (kcal) 259
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It’s a new year and for many of us that means it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. I probably don’t need to tell you that some of most popular resolutions involve some form of getting healthier, whether it’s hitting the gym, eating smarter or just eating less. At Eat’n Park, we’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon that occurs every year: for the first three weeks in January, our Salad Bar sales increase. In the fourth week, the sales return to normal. It’s hard to say for certain, but it seems like people- or at least some of our guests- are keeping their resolutions to eat healthy for about three weeks before reverting to their old familiar favorites.
It sure makes it a lot easier to maintain a resolution to eat smart when you have delicious, healthy choices available to you. This is something we’re really proud of at Eat’n Park- we have an entire menu devoted to healthy choices. Our Eat’n Smart menu offers lighter selections with fewer calories, less cholesterol, and lower fat content. The best part is that you don’t have to compromise on flavor to make a smart choice. Believe it or not, our most popular dinner entrée, Nantucket Cod, is actually an Eat’n Smart selection. Another perfect example is our Rosemary Chicken, which is so flavorful. It’s seasoned with rosemary, and then topped with sautéed mushrooms and white wine sauce. Simply put: it’s great food that also happens to be good for you.
There’s an entire Smaller Portions at Smaller Prices section on our menu which features smaller portions of some of our most popular items. You’ll find breakfast, lunch and dinner choices that are a bit lighter on your wallet- and your waistline. It’s a great way to indulge in your familiar favorites with a little less guilt.
Whatever your resolution this year, we hope you’re successful. We also hope that we can help you achieve your goals in some way or another. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2009!
Friday, January 9, 2009
2008 was a challenging year for everyone. During a year like 2008, we were especially thankful for all of you…our loyal guests.
We strive to be that place for you to enjoy that everyday meal, that special occasion with family, or just a cookie named Smiley. Our business depends on you spending a few minutes each day, week, or month with us! We, and our over 8,000 dedicated team members, thank you for spending your hard earned money at Eat’n Park.
If there was something we could have done better during your last visit, please let us know here. If you enjoyed your experience, please tell others! We would appreciate your reminding your friends and family about Eat’n Park, and we hope to see you back soon.
I personally want to wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Terrific 2009!
President & CEO Share
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Sustainability…what does it mean for your neighborhood Eat’n Park? First off, let’s define sustainability. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Eat’n Park has been in business for almost 60 years, and we’ve come to realize that the natural resources we’ve been relying on all these years may not be around for future generations. So, we’ve been looking closely at how we are using these resources, and we continue to find ways in which we can reduce or change what we are using. In 2008, we formed a green committee that was made up of our CEO, VP of Operations, VP of Purchasing, VP of Marketing, VP of Facilities, and me. We spent a lot of time brainstorming areas of focus, to determine where we could make real and lasting changes.
Over the course of this year, we will be taking the following steps toward sustainability.
Until next time,
Update: Thanks to the steps mentioned above, we were just recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine for having the "Best Green Operations". Check it out here: Pittsburgh's Best of Green Share
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