Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween Spooktacular at Eat'n Park!

Who wants tricks when you can have treats? At Eat'n Park, we've got plenty of treats to satisfy the ghouls and goblins in your haunted mansion. Halloween Smiley Cookies are on sale right now in our restaurants for just $6.99 per dozen. With candy corn eyes and a crooked smile, they're hauntingly delicious! We're also offering our Mini Smiley Cookies in Halloween colors for just $5.99 per dozen.


And if you want to get in the spirit of the season without a full-out costume, our glow-in-the-dark Halloween Smiley T-Shirts are the answer! Find them at select locations - just click here for our listing.





Finally, don't forget that SmileyCookie.com has everything you need to prepare for a Halloween shindig, as well as wrapped treats for your neighborhood trick-or-treaters, and specialty Halloween gifts to send to friends and family. Click here to check out our selection.

Happy Haunting!

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Monday, October 8, 2012

10.8.2012 Eat'n Park FarmSource Listing

Here's what's fresh & local this week at Eat'n Park!

Green Peppers
  • Brenckle’s Farm – Butler County, PA
  • Yarnick’s Farm – Indiana County, PA
  • Hills of Home Farm, Indiana County, PA
Fresh in: Soup and Salad Bar

Zucchini
  • Brenckle’s Farm, Butler County, PA
  • Wexford Farms, Butler County, PA
  • Harvest Valley Farms, Butler County, PA
  • Yarnick’s Farm, Butler County, PA
Fresh in: Hand-Breaded Zucchini

Cabbage
  • Yarnick’s Farm, Indiana County, PA
  • Hills of Home Farm, Indiana County, PA
Fresh in: Coleslaw

Cucumbers
  • Brenckle’s Farm, Butler County, PA
  • Wexford Farms, Butler County, PA
Fresh in: Soup and Salad Bar



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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Glow-In-The Dark Halloween Smiley T-Shirts

Halloween Smiley T-Shirt
Halloween is right around the corner, which means our glow in the dark Halloween Smiley t-shirts are back! We know those candy corn eyes are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit!

T-shirts are available at the following Eat’n Park locations:

Waterfront
McKnight Road (Northbound)
Whitehall
Monongahela
Bethel Park
Uniontown
Sewickley
South Hills
Monroeville
Robinson
Cranberry
Latrobe
Monaca
Grove City
North Huntingdon
Belle Vernon
Waterworks

P.S. Grab a dozen Halloween Smiley Cookies while you're in - they're on sale this month for just $6.99 a dozen!



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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Stay Active Coloring Contest Winner

As many of you know, a few months ago we held a coloring contest as part of Smiley’s birthday celebration. We received thousands of entries and chose winners from each of our restaurants. The restaurant winners received a backyard activity kit filled with a basketball, soccer ball, jump rope and other fun activities.

Then, of those 71 winners, we selected one grand prize winner! Drum roll please…the grand prize winner of this year’s stay active coloring contest was Searrah B. from Shaler!


Searrah's Winning Entry
 
A few weeks ago we got to present Searrah with her grand prize: four bikes for her entire family from Big Bang Bikes in West Mifflin. What a great day!


Searrah With Her Entire Family
 Congratulations, Searrah!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tomato...tomato.

In my last blog I said I would write about canning tomatoes. Well, needless to say, it turned out great. I did can some tomatoes at my house, but I actually taught a canning class for members of Slow Food PGH, which I think is a little more exciting. Slow Food members envision a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet. 

The class was at a farm called Blackberry Meadows in Natrona Heights. The farmers, Greg and Jen Boulos, set up a large tent to in front of their home that housed 50 Slow Food members who were eager to learn the art of canning. I taught the basics of the canning process, from sterilizing the jars to filling them with tomatoes, then to pressure-canning them for preservation. I also made a quick tomato sauce using yellow tomatoes.

Then we had Virginia Philips, a Slow Food PGH employee, show how to make an overnight sauce that is baked in a 250 degree oven throughout the night. She also made a tomato dessert sauce that was decadent. 

Amy Rosenfield From Mon Aimee Chocolat
Assisting With Making Yellow Tomato Sauce
The day couldn’t have been complete without my friend Nancy Hanst, who did a demonstration on how to pickle green tomatoes. Yes, I said pickled green tomatoes; don’t knock them until you've tried them! They were really quite interesting and very tasty. I’ve got a few green tomatoes left in my garden, so I just might make them.
 
Nancy Hanst Pickling Green Tomatoes
One of the highlights of the day was an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. Canning takes a lot of energy, so pizza was the perfect food to make. The oven was 900 degrees, and it baked the pizzas in less than 90 seconds!

Greg Boulos Cookins Pizzas In
The Wood Fire Pizza Oven
During Nancy and Virginia’s presentation, I rolled out dough and a few other volunteers (Betsy, Alyce, Amy R. and Amy B.) helped top the pizzas with our homemade sauces, fresh mozzarella and some of Jen’s basil. They turned out awesome.
Pizza!
After the pizzas, we served ice cream that we topped with Virginia’s tomato dessert sauce. The ice cream really enhanced the flavors of the tomatoes. It was a great way to finish a long afternoon.

Until next time,
Jamie

P.S. Click here to view last year's blog post and video on how to can tomatoes.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Get a coupon for a FREE slice of Pumpkin Creme Pie at Eat'n Park!

Yep, you read that right - try our delicious new Pumpkin Creme Pie for free! All of our email club subscribers will receive a coupon for a slice of this delightful new pie on October 8.  To get your coupon, all you have to do is become a member of this elite group! 

How do you do that? Easy. Just click here to sign up by October 6. You'll find your coupon in your inbox on October 8.  We told you it was easy!

Of course, a little slice of heaven isn't the only thing you'll get from our email club.  We give our subscribers more than $40 worth of coupons and freebies every year! You'll get a coupon just for joining, special offers for your birthday and wedding anniversary, and lots of other discounts throughout the year.  Plus, you'll be the first to know about our menu specials, and you'll have opportunities to share your opinion with us through surveys and focus groups.  How cool is that?!

What are you waiting for? Sign up now!



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Farm Tour - Fall Visit To Yarnick's

One of the coolest things about summer is having the opportunity to eat a variety of local vegetables. Who doesn’t love corn on the cob in the dog days of summer? Well, our visit with the Yarnick’s on September 5th started off with eating freshly picked raw corn. Yep, you read that right, raw corn. When you have fresh, juicy corn from the field, it’s doesn’t need to be boiled – trust me!

Fresh Corn
Dan Yarnick is the owner of Yarnick’s farm in Indiana, PA.  Our team members thoroughly enjoyed meeting Dan and his family. We really gained an understanding of how passionate Dan and our other partner farmers are about growing the best, freshest produce for us to feature in our restaurants.

After we tasted sweet corn, we visited the greenhouses to see what was being grown. The heirloom tomato house was my favorite. It’s amazing that these tomatoes were planted in February and will continue to produce fruit until October.

Heirloom Tomatoes
Many of us at Eat’n Park are a little competitive, so to put competition into the mix, we decided to do a yellow squash picking competition. The first person to fill a ½ bushel basket wins a basket of everything that the Yarnick’s grow. We all loaded up on the back of a wagon that was pulled by one of their tractors. The competition was fierce, since we had some seasoned veggie pickers. Two of our team members grew up on a farm, so picking squash was old hat to them. Of course, one of them was eventually crowned the winner.

Fresh Picked Squash
When you visit our Eat’n Park restaurants, one of the things that we pride ourselves on is our commitment to purchasing local through our FarmSource program. Hopefully, these little guys look familiar. Our friends at Yarnick’s grow all of our local grape tomatoes for our salads at Eat’n Park. It’s one of the most labor-intensive jobs on the farm, but they take pride in knowing that these tomatoes are a big part of separating us from other restaurants. 

Grape Tomatoes
I hope that you enjoy reading about our farm tours. I look forward to telling you more about the food we source and the steps we’re taking in being a sustainable restaurant.

Our Team Members


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