Friday, December 20, 2013

Caring For Kids Results & Car Winner!

The results are in!  Our team members have wrapped up our annual Caring for Kids campaign, with results that are nothing short of amazing.

In a mere five weeks, we raised...

$403,256!

No words can express our gratitude to all of the guests and team members who opened their wallets and their hearts for such a great cause. This campaign truly makes a difference in the lives of local children who are being treated at these hospitals.

The following hospitals benefited from this year’s campaign:

    • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    • 
Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley
    • Children’s Medical Center of Akron
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    • Columbus Children’s Hospital Foundation
    • DuBois Regional Medical Center
    • Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Medical Center
    • Geisinger Health System
    • Indiana Regional Medical Center
    • Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
    • St. Vincent Health System
    • University of Virginia Children’s Hospital
    • West Virginia University Children’s Hospital

Of course, Caring for Kids wouldn’t be nearly so successful without the generous contributions of our partners. The Neighborhood Ford Store once again donated a car – a 2014 Ford Fusion – to be raffled off to one lucky winner. George Seckar of Lower Burrell, PA got a special holiday surprise on Wednesday when his ticket was drawn by a patient at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Congratulations, George!

Other partners who made significant contributions to the campaign include: 

    • 
Sheetz, Inc.
    • Nestle Professional Vitality
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • KDKA Radio
    • KDKA-TV

Thank you for your support!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Congratulations 2014 Ford Fusion Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of our 2013 Caring for Kids vehicle raffle! The lucky winner of the 2014 Ford Fusion--so generously donated by the Neighborhood Ford Store--is George Seckar of Lower Burrell, PA.


George’s winning ticket (number 075570) was randomly selected from more than 56,000 tickets purchased to benefit Eat'n Park's Caring for Kids Campaign. Mr. Seckar will be receiving the keys to his new vehicle in the upcoming weeks.

Congratulations, George!


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

12.10.2013 - Caring For Kids Activities at Eat'n Park - Final Week!

This weekend wraps up our Caring for Kids campaign for 2013! All activities are being held in our restaurants, except for those activities in italics.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Natrona Hgts. Tips for Tots (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
McKees Rocks Tips for Tots (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM) Featuring the Mayor of McKees Rocks and the Police Chief

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Penn Hills Tips for Tots (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Johnstown Tips for Tots (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Austintown Tips for Tots (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Edgewood Tips for Tots (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Chapel Hill Storybook Night with Smiley (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Whitehall Spaghetti Dinner (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM) Nativity Parish, 5811 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Boardman Meet Smiley and YSU Cheerleaders (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Washington Tips for Tots (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM) Santa will be available for pictures

Friday, December 13, 2013
Wheeling Jesuit University Spaghetti Dinner (4:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Westmont Benefit Concert (8:00 PM) Conemaugh PNA, 465 Heritage Street, Johnstown, PA 15909
Edgewood Fashion Show (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM) Rankin Croation Home, 236 4th Ave Rankin, PA 15104

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Parma Sausage: Jamie’s Italian Grinder Recipe

Parma Sausage is one of Eat'n Park's FarmSource partners, providing us with locally-sourced artisan sausage. Click here to read all about our partnership with this family-owned business. Because Parma's products are available to the public, you can enjoy the fruits of their labor in your home, as well as at Eat'n Park. One of my favorites is this Italian Grinder, perfect for tailgates!


Jamie's Italian Grinder featuring Parma Sausage
Yield: 1 large hoagie (serves 6-8) 

½ lb. Parma Capicollo 
½ lb. Parma Salami
½ lb. Parma Mortedella
½ of a Red onion, ¼" slices
3 plum tomatoes, ½" slices
1 red pepper
1 head of bitter lettuce (Frissee or Arugula)
½ lb. Sharp Provolone (or any cheese that you prefer)
½ cup Dijon mustard
1 loaf ciabatta bread or French bread
¼ cup red wine vinaigrette (Recipe below)

Instructions:
Prepare vinaigrette (recipe below) and set aside.  
To roast the red peppers, first wash and dry them. Turn one burner on the stove and place pepper in the center. Continue to char the pepper until they are 80% blackened. Place charred pepper inside of a paper bag. Let set for 10 minutes. Remove the charred skin and seeds and slice into ½" strips. Slice ciabatta bread in half long ways. Spread Dijon on the bottom half of the bread then layer with sliced onion, Capicollo, Provolone, Salami, Mortedella, Provolone and red peppers. On the other half of bread, spread Dijon mustard then tomatoes and lettuce. Drizzle vinaigrette over the lettuce and place on top of the bottom of the sandwich. If you're going to toast the sandwich in the oven, don't put the top with the lettuce and tomato on until after. To toast sandwich, turn on broiler and broil for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.   
Slice sandwich into 6 or 8 slices.

Red Wine Vinaigrette
1 ½ tbsp. Red wine vinegar
1 medium garlic clove, peeled and minced
2 tsps. Dijon mustard 
½ tsp. sugar or honey
2 tbsp. Olive oil

Instructions:
In a small bowl add the first 4 ingredients and whisk together with a wire whip. While stirring slowly add olive oil and whisk until oil has combined with the other ingredients. 

Enjoy,
Jamie 

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FarmSource Spotlight - Parma Sausage

Though local produce has run its course for the season, our FarmSource program continues year-round thanks to partnerships with local farms, dairies, and artisan producers. This year, I'd like to introduce you to some of those partners.

First though, a refresher on our FarmSource program is probably in order. Simply put, FarmSource is the local purchasing program that we started in 2002.  The program supports four segments, which we define as follows:

  • Produce - Sourced within 150 miles from our local distributors. We selected these growers through farmer based organizations that assisted in the outreach of many of these growers.
  • Dairy - Sourced within 150 miles from the milk processing facility. These dairies are independently owned and operated by farm families that choose not to treat their herds with rBGH (bovine growth hormone).
  • Meat - Regional (located within the state or within a three hour drive) meat producers. These facilities are USDA inspected and source their animals from farms that are within a three hour drive from the processing facility.
  • Artisan - These producers devote their time, energy and passion to a limited line of products. Often these producers have a single product line, produced at a single facility.  These companies range from a local hearth-baked bread company to a neighborhood ethnic sausage manufacturer.  

You might be surprised to learn how many local products are used throughout our menu. I'll be focusing my next series of blogs on the Artisan producers that we support – starting with Parma Sausage.

Parma Sausage is a meat distributor located in the Strip District of Pittsburgh.

The company was founded by the late Luigi Spinabelli, who passed the family business down to his daughter and so-in-law, Rina and John Edwards. When we first started working with them, 10 years ago, we dealt primarily with Rina and John, and over the last 5 years, their children have slowly starting to trickle back into the family business. I'm proud that we're working with such a passionate and homegrown business like Parma Sausage.

Our current menu has two Parma Sausage products: Capicola and Chorizo Sausage. The Capicola is used on our Italian Breakfast Club sandwich and the Chorizo is used in our Breakfast Burrito. I had a chance to talk with our Executive Chef of Menu Development, John Frick, and he said, "The menu items featuring Parma's products are quite popular, and we looking to incorporate their offerings in more ways. Because Parma's products are also available to the public from their store in the Strip District, I have the pleasure of enjoying them not only at Eat'n Park, but also at home. Click here for my Italian Grinder Recipe. It's a hit at every tailgate party!

Until next time,
Jamie

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holiday Bakery Headquarters

The holidays are right around the corner and we know how stressful they can be. So let us help by baking your holiday pies!

This month we're featuring Chocolate Crème for just $8.49. Or choose from Lemon Meringue, Oreo Crème, Apple, and many more.* All of our pies are baked fresh daily!

Call ahead and order YOUR favorite pies, and we'll have them ready when you are.

Click here to download our bakery order form.
Need the number for your local Eat'n Park? Click here.


Happy Holidays!

*Pie availability varies. Call your local Eat'n Park ahead of time if you are requesting a particular flavor.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

12.5.2013 Caring for Kids Activities at Eat'n Park

Here's what's coming up for our Caring for Kids campaign! All activities are being held in our restaurants, except for those activities in italics.

Friday, December 6, 2013
McKeesport Tips for Tots (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Somerset Pictures with Santa (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Franklin Breakfast with Smiley and Santa (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Waterfront Breakfast with Santa (9:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
State College Pictures with Santa (9:00 AM - 8:00 PM)
Dormont Holiday Movie (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM) Hollywood Theater in Dormont
Monongahela Holiday Bash (3:00 PM - 11:00 PM) Monongahela VFD
N. Huntington Bingo Night (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Natrona Hgts. Night at the Races (7:00 PM - 11:00 PM) American Legion Post #48
Somerset Benefit Dance (7:00 PM -11:00 PM) Somerset American Legion

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Squirrel Hill Location TBD 10:00:00 PM

Monday, December 9, 2013
Library Road Spaghetti Dinner (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM) South Hills Elks Club
Sewickley Tips for Tots (12:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Natrona Hgts. Tips for Tots (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
McKees Rocks Tips for Tots (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM) Featuring the Mayor of McKees Rocks and the Police Chief

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Penn Hills Tips for Tots (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Johnstown Tips for Tots (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Austintown Tips for Tots (4:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Edgewood Tips for Tots (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Chapel Hill Storybook Night with Smiley (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Whitehall Spaghetti Dinner (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM) Nativity Parish, 5811 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Boardman Meet Smiley and YSU Cheerleaders (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Washington Tips for Tots (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM) Santa will be available for pictures

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bonus Cards Are Back!

The holidays are here, and if you are like me, you're trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. You've got the mailman, the babysitter, the teacher…what to buy for those folks for whom you want to show appreciation, but have no idea what their tastes are? Don't fret – everyone loves Eat'n Park gift cards! 

And for a limited time, you'll get a FREE $5 bonus card* with every $25 in Eat'n Park gift card purchases at our restaurants. It's like a reward for being such a great gift-giver! Bonus cards are valid from January 1 through March 31, 2014. Once the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, you'll have a little treat for yourself.


You'll get one $5 bonus card for every $25 in gift card purchases, regardless of the denomination. So, if you buy five $5 cards, you'll get one bonus card. Buy $100 worth of gift cards, and you'll get four $5 bonus cards. 

But here's the catch: We only have a limited supply of bonus cards, and we can't make substitutions. So when they're gone, they're gone! Stop in to your local Eat'n Park today to get yours, then relax – holiday gift-giving doesn't get any easier than this!

*Bonus cards are only available at Eat'n Park restaurant locations while supplies last. This offer is not available with online gift card orders or e-gift cards. Bonus cards may be redeemed one per check from January 1 – March 31, 2014. Multiple bonus cards cannot be redeemed on the same check.

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