Monday, June 23, 2014

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Hey there fellow cookie lovers, it's Randi from Team Smiley. On Saturday, June 14th, Smiley and his team had an awesome time at Heinz Field for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Smiley loved helping raise awareness with the walkers!

The team helped the participants decorate their very own Smiley Cookie. There were many different activities at the walk, including live music, fun games, and a dance off that Smiley participated in with his other mascot friends.

Not to brag, but Smiley stole the show – he loves to show off his killer dance moves!

Smiley loved hanging out with University of Pittsburgh cheerleaders too.


This was a super fun event for Smiley, and the team loved being inside Heinz Field. Check back next week to hear all about Eat'n Park's family week at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium!

Smile on,
Randi 


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Carnegie Library Reading Extravaganza

Hi there friends, it's Kelly, from Team Smiley. The team and I are off to a wonderful, fun-filled summer celebrating Smiley's Birthday! One of our favorite events was the Carnegie Library Reading Extravaganza on June 8th, which encourages summer reading and helps the library.

Festivities included cookie decorating, cake eating, and all-around celebrating Smiley's very special birthday. Carnegie Library's mascot, Library Card, was there too. Party-goers also had the opportunity to sign up for their very own library card. Smiley encouraged all his friends to dive into reading this summer!


Smiley is lucky to have so many great friends who came out and celebrated with him. He was surrounded by his fellow cookie lovers, who sang to him. Look at how many friends joined in the fun!


The hardworking team at Parkhurst even crafted a beautiful, delicious birthday cake for Smiley.


Until next time,
Kelly


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Fun in the Sun Smiley Merchandise!

It's summertime, which means pool parties, family road trips and best of all: new Smiley gear! Read on to check out what's new.

Looking for a stylish way to way to protect your iPhone and show your Smiley pride? Stop in and grab a Smiley iPhone case for just $9.99. These fantastic new cases are compatible with the iPhone 5, and are available at all Eat'n Park locations!


Heading to the beach or an afternoon in the sun? Don't forget to bring along a beach ball! Our mini beach balls are back this year, and they're just $2.00! These won't stay on shelves for long, so stop in to your local Eat'n Park and grab one today.

Smile in style this summer! Our summer T-Shirts for children and adults (available at select locations) are the must-have accessory for your summer wardrobe, starting at just $9.99.


Smiley T-Shirts are available at the following locations:

• Airport – Moon Twp.
• Beaver Valley Mall
• Belle Vernon
• Butler – Clearview Mall
• Cranberry
• Dubois
• Fox Chapel
• Franklin Park
• Grove City
• North Huntingdon
• Indiana
• Latrobe
• McKnight Road at Ross Park Mall
• Monongahela
• Monroeville
• Robinson
• Sewickley
• Shaler
• South Hills Village
• South Park/Bethel Park
• St. Clairsville
• Uniontown
• Waterfront (Homestead)
• Washington
• Whitehall


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Team Smiley at the Walk To Cure Arthritis

Hi everyone – it’s Carly from Team Smiley! During our very first week as official members of Team Smiley, we were busy spreading smiles and cookies at the Walk to Cure Arthritis in Southside Works.

We met so many fun kids at the cookie decorating station, and also helped the kids try their luck at Smiley Plinko, where they could win super cool prizes.

It was a blast and we made a new friend named Bill Peduto. You might know him as the Mayor of Pittsburgh. He even struck a pose for a picture with Smiley!


We also had a chance to catch up with our BFF, the Pirate Parrot! We talked about the Bucs and all the fun things we get to do together this summer - Click here to see when Smiley will be visiting PNC Park!


We had such a great time hanging out with the walkers and supporting the Arthritis Foundation, and we're looking forward to more adventures this summer. See where we’ll be next by visiting www.findsmiley.com, and be sure to stop in to your neighborhood Eat’n Park to celebrate Smiley’s Birthday with 99-cent kids’ meals, now through June 30!


Carly
Team Smiley

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Meet Our 2014 Team Smiley!

Summer is here, and the fun is just beginning for our newest interns: Team Smiley! This enthusiastic crew is about to start their summer-long journey across the tri-state area, where they’ll be visiting fundraisers, festivals, races, and other community events from now through the fall. 

Where Team Smiley goes, fun follows. Click here to see when they’ll be visiting your neighborhood, then stop by with the family to meet Smiley and enjoy a free Smiley Cookie – or even decorate one yourself! 

All summer long, you’ll be able to read about Team Smiley’s adventures here on our blog. And, if you happen to cross paths with them at an event, be sure to check our Photo Gallery to find your photo! 

So, you probably want to know a little more about these fresh new faces. Luckily, we’ve got the scoop. Read on! 

Team Smiley 2014: (Left to Right) Laine, Caitlyn, Carly, Randi, Kelly
LAINE
Hi everybody! My name is Laine. I’ll be a senior next year at E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. My major is Strategic Communication and I’m minoring in English. I love to read, write, doodle, cook, and explore the outdoors. But most of all, I love hanging out with my family and friends - Smiley included! I’ve worked for Eat’n Park for the past 5 years at the McKnight Road location, and I’m super excited to be a part of Team Smiley. I can’t think of a better way to spend the summer than traveling around with the team and spreading the fun of Smiley Cookies! A lot of people would be surprised to discover that I am a twin (Hi Will!). My favorite Eat’n Park meal is currently a Gardenburger with fries. My favorite Smiley Cookie shape is the classic round Smiley. They’re always a colorful, delicious treat. I can’t wait to make new friends this summer as I travel with the coolest crew around!

CAITLYN
Hello everyone! My name is Caitlyn, and I am going to be a junior at Duquesne University. My major is Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Corporate Communications. In my free time I enjoy going to the movies and concerts. I spend a lot of time with family and friends, and I love to meet new people. I also love to read and explore all the exciting things that Pittsburgh has to offer!  I have been an Eat’n Park team member for 5 years at the McKnight Road location, and I am so happy to be working with Team Smiley. I am most looking forward to bonding with my fellow team members, (and Smiley of course!) and I want to bring smiles to all of the communities we serve! My favorite Eat’n Park meal is the Baked Chicken Bruschetta with potato pancakes and bean blend. As for my favorite Smiley Cookie, I especially like the Bunny Smiley Cookies and the original Smiley. As I look forward to the summer ahead, I can’t wait to share smiles and spread joy to everyone we meet!

CARLY
Hi everyone! My name is Carly and I am a Marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh.  I will be a senior in the fall and am so excited to be a part of Team Smiley and the Eat'n Park family!  When I'm not having a blast with Team Smiley, you can find me working at Hello Bistro in Oakland, hanging out with friends, or solving Sudoku puzzles in record times.  My favorite Eat'n Park meal is definitely the classic Turkey Club!  Eat'n Park has perfected this double-decker sandwich, which goes great with the Fresh Potato Chips and a fish shaped Smiley Cookie!  I can't wait to work with a great team to spread smiles and fun all over town!

RANDI
Hello, fellow cookie lovers! My name is Randi, and in the fall I will be a junior at Saint Vincent College studying Public Relations and Advertising, and Children’s Studies. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, shopping, travelling, reading and playing with my two dogs. As a cheerleader for the last 15 years, I love engaging with people and spreading smiles and cheer! I can’t wait to do those things with Team Smiley this summer! My favorite Eat’n Park menu item would be the Potato Soup and flower shaped Smiley Cookies, of course! I can’t wait to travel with the team and Smiley to the Pittsburgh Zoo, Kennywood, and other events this summer!

KELLY
Hi there, friends! My name is Kelly and I’ll be a junior Corporate Communication major at Duquesne University in the fall.  When I’m not hanging out with my buddy, Smiley, I love spending time with my family and friends, enjoying the sun, and dancing around my house in my pajamas.  Something you may not know about is that I love traveling, and fittingly I just returned from a semester abroad in Rome! My favorite meal to order at my neighborhood Eat’n Park restaurant is definitely the All-American Scrambler, with my favorite Smiley Cookie shape being the summer fish.  I’m most looking forward to traveling around the different communities all summer long with my fellow Team Smiley members, the Cookie Cruiser, and of course, our dear friend Smiley!


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Eat’n Park Hospitality Group 2014 Volunteer of the Year

At Eat'n Park, we are in the business of making people smile. That can take shape in many forms and occur in many contexts, but volunteering outside of our work space is one big way that team members are lending a hand and sharing a smile to those in our communities. This April, we honored eight selfless volunteers during our 2014 Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Volunteer of the Year Awards. Each individual recognized is creating positive change and inspiring others to follow!

We are proud to announce that this year's Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Volunteer of the Year is Shannon Morgan. Shannon is part of our Parkhurst division and is a prep cook at Capital University. Through the creation of Cooking To Help Enrich Families (CHEF), she is making a difference in the lives of individuals and families who receive food assistance. 

CHEF is an educational program that Shannon created, focusing on the efficient management of a family's food dollars while, at the same time, creating nutritional meals that enhance the quality of life for the families. She conducts her CHEF classes at the YWCA of Columbus, as well as a local rec center and church. When asked why volunteering is important to her, Shannon replied, "I was once there, and someone reached out and helped me, so I will reach out and help others."


Eat'n Park Hospitality Group will be donating $3,000 on behalf of Shannon to the YWCA of Columbus, OH. 

We also awarded an honorary mention to Pam Cronenwett. Pam is a 12 year team member at our Austintown, Ohio Eat'n Park Restaurant where she works as a greeter trainer. She has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity for 15 years and has held several offices within the organization during that time. In addition to helping build homes, Pam provides financial training to new homeowners. Eat'n Park Hospitality Group will be making a $1,000 donation to the Habitat for Humanity of the Mahoning County on behalf of Pam.

Please join us in congratulating Shannon and our other finalists for their extensive efforts in the community. We are so proud to honor such special members of our Eat'n Park family.



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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Summer Specials!

Summer weather is finally here, and that means new summer menu specials! We've got some great new items you're going to love, along with some returning favorites! Keep reading for the full scoop on what's hot this summer at Eat'n Park! Plus, don’t miss our Big, Bold Summer Burgers! Click here to read all about them

New! Pickled Pepper Sandwich
This new sandwich features thinly sliced grilled rib-eye steak on a fresh-baked hoagie roll, zesty Italian mayo, melted mozzarella cheese, onions and our fresh, local Yummy Peppers (that's their real name!) pickled in house. This delicious sandwich comes with your choice of one side. $8.49

Hefty Ham Sandwich
Our beloved Hefty Ham Sandwich is back with a twist! We take thinly-sliced ham, top it with melted cheddar cheese and spicy brown mustard, and serve it on a grilled pretzel bun. $5.99

Chicken Bruschetta
It’s back! Our herb-crusted baked chicken breast topped with homemade bruschetta, featuring fresh, local tomatoes. We finish it with a balsamic glaze and Asiago cheese. Served with your choice of two sides and our bakery-fresh rolls. $9.49

Superfruit Fusion Salad
Fresh. Fruity. Super! A fruity blend of spinach and mixed greens topped with julienne grilled chicken, fresh blueberries, dried cranberries, glazed pecans, carrots and cucumbers. Topped with Açaí Vinaigrette and served with homemade Boston Brown Bread. $7.99

Sweet Potato Fries Appetizer
For those who like their fries on the "sweeter" side! Served with our homemade BBQ ranch sauce. $4.99

Jalapeño Cheddar Poppers Appetizer
Hot, hot, hot! These spicy jalapeño bites are served with our housemade Ranch dressing. $5.99

FarmSource Vegetable Soup
Sourced from local farms, this delicious soup features locally-grown onions, carrots, celery, cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash, and green beans simmered in a rich tomato-based broth, with bow-tie pasta. Available every day!  Cup $2.99 / Bowl $3.49

Cookie Fudge Fantasy
Back by popular demand, for a limited time only! This dreamy sundae has layers of crumbled chocolate chip cookies, hot fudge, and vanilla ice cream. We then top it with whipped cream, a chocolate chip cookie, and a cherry. Get one while you can ... it's a pretty "sweet" deal! $3.99

Bananas Foster Crème Pie
We start with a graham cracker crust, fresh sliced bananas and creamy pudding. Then we top it with whipped cream and gently drizzle it with syrup. You'll go bananas for this one! It's also our Pie of the Month, and is on sale for $1.99 a slice. Or take home a whole pie for $7.99!


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New! Big. Bold. Burgers.


Burgers are the perfect meal for summer, and we’re featuring four new delicious options that you won’t want to miss!

Let’s start with the Southern BBQ Burger, featuring our Black Angus burger laid on a bed of sweet potato fries, topped with caramelized onions, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce. This mouth-watering creation is served on a brioche bun with your choice of one side for just $8.99. What can we say - it’s not our first time at the rodeo; we’ve been flippin’ burgers since 1949!

Is turkey more your style? Try our new Teriyaki Hula Turkey Burger! It’s a walk in paradise with teriyaki-marinated grilled fresh pineapple, shredded lettuce, and sweet-and-sour sauce all nestled between a turkey patty and our brioche bun.  It’s only $7.99 and includes your choice of one side. 

We’re also featuring the Heater burger, boasting our spicy seasoned Black Angus burger, topped with a grilled blend of fresh jalapenos, banana peppers, and red onions over melted habanero Jack cheese.  Plus it’s topped with mixed greens, Sriracha mayo, and a fried jalapeno cheddar popper! Enjoy it with your choice of one side for $8.99.

Finally we have our Over-Easy Cheeseburger. We top our Black Angus burger with bacon, crisp lettuce, tomato, your choice of cheese, and an over-easy egg and serve it all on our new Brioche bun. Simply put; it’s heaven.  Plus, it’s only $8.99 and includes your choice of one side. 

Is your mouth watering yet? Check out our newest commercial featuring our Big, Bold, Burgers - and we’ll see you at Eat’n Park!




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Monday, June 2, 2014

It's Smiley's Birthday! Enjoy 99-cent Kids' Meals!


Smiley’s Birthday is here, which means it’s time to party with 99-cent kids’ meals*, now through June 30th. Plus, all kids who visit during his party will receive a special Smiley treat bag containing a Smiley tattoo, sticker, wristband, and their choice of apple, mini Smiley Cookie, or Smiley Cookie!

We’ve also brought back our Stay Active Coloring Contest! Stop in to any Eat’n Park to get a coloring sheet, where kids can illustrate how they like to stay active.  One winner from every restaurant will receive a Backyard Activity Kit, filled with all the makings of a fun, active summer – a basketball, jump rope, chalk, soccer ball, hula hoop, wiffle ball and bat, football, Frisbee, beach ball, and sunscreen. Plus, one lucky grand prize winner will take home four Smiley bikes, so the whole family can stay active together. 


Smiley will also be celebrating his birthday with various friends and events around the city. On Sunday, June 8, Smiley will be attending the Carnegie Library Reading Extravaganza. In addition to cookie decorating, at 2:45 p.m., Smiley will don a party hat and join the children on the front stairs of the library for complimentary birthday cake and a birthday sing-along!

He’ll also be spending time at the Pittsburgh Zoo during Eat’n Park Family Week, June 14 – June 22 and making appearances at the Carnegie Science Center on June 15 and the 22. You can also stop in to your local Eat’n Park for a coupon to the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum!

And last, but certainly not least, Smiley will be making birthday appearances  at many of our locations - just click here to see if and when he’ll be visiting YOUR Eat’n Park.  Kids can personally wish Smiley a happy birthday, as well as decorate their very own Smiley Cookie.

Smiley’s Birthday ends on Monday, June 30, 2014.

*99-cent kids' meals not valid on breakfast and brunch buffets or on takeout. Guest check must include one adult meal. Kids' treat bags available while supplies last.


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