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Monday, April 27, 2015

Project Lunch Tray

This year I’m approaching my 15th year with Eat’n Park Hospitality Group. Through the years, I’ve been involved in some really exciting projects and events, and this year is no different! I was recently approached by Community Kitchen Pittsburgh to volunteer for Project Lunch Tray, a cooking competition encouraging and inspiring kids to think outside the typical lunch box food and advocate for better school food. The competition paired eight teams from Pittsburgh Public Schools with various chefs across the city to create delicious, healthy, kid-friendly school lunch recipes.

As a volunteer, I was a mentor to four 7th and 8th graders from Arsenal Middle School: Thomas (8th grade), Catarin (7th grade), Karen (7th grade) and Karina (8th grade).

We started Project Lunch Tray by meeting at Arsenal Middle School to discuss what recipes we wanted to use in the competition. I brought 12 recipe ideas, but none of them were selected because each student had a different outlook on what they liked and what they wanted to see being offered. These young chefs had a vision of their own! Ultimately, we decided on a beef quesadilla and butternut squash quesadilla for our main courses and black beans and rice and quinoa with pumpkin and black beans for our sides.

Next up was a practice cooking competition at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the strip district. Each team prepared their dishes and gave out samples to customers. 

The final competition was held during the Farm to Table conference where a panel of judges, as well as conference attendees, voted on each dish. Though the official winner was Propel Braddock Hills, I think that every participant came out ahead.  In fact, my team is starting a cooking club at their school! I can’t wait to see them use the skills they learned for many years to come. 

Until next time,


Monday, April 6, 2015

New Breakfast Items

So long, cereal and toast! It’s time to kick your breakfast up a notch, with our new breakfast items, available everyday from 5-11AM!

Maple Bacon French Toast
One of the greatest creations to hit the breakfast world, this delectable dish is prepared with our house-baked Italian bread, filled with maple bacon icing and then garnished with even more bacon and icing.  It’s served with your choice of sausage, turkey sausage, or bacon for just $5.99.

Breakfast Burrito
This is one burrito you won’t want to miss boasting scrambled eggs, chopped bacon, ham, Parma Chorizo, caramelized onions, pepper Jack cheese, and chipotle sauce all stuffed into a delicious tortilla. It’s served with salsa on the side and your choice of breakfast potatoes for $6.99.

Veggie Lover's Stack
A vegetable lover’s dream, this stack features fresh spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, and caramelized onions mixed with our grilled home fries and topped with two over-easy eggs and our hollandaise sauce. It’s only $6.99 and is served with toast.

South of the Border Stack
The perfect way to add some spice to your morning, this stack includes  a heaping helping of green peppers, onions, and Parma Chorizo over our grilled home fries and topped with two over-easy eggs and Sriracha hollandaise sauce. It’s served with toast for $7.99 and is sure to put a little pep in your morning step!

$3.99 Breakfast Smile
For a limited time only, we’re offering our Original Breakfast Smile for only $3.99 with a beverage purchase from 5-11 AM, Monday through Friday! Imagine two eggs, your choice of three pieces of bacon, sausage, or turkey sausage, breakfast potatoes, and toast, all for one low price! It doesn’t get any better than that.


$2 Off Breakfast Coupon

Happy spring! Enjoy this  coupon for $2 off your next breakfast purchase of $5 or more, now through Sunday, April 12th!

Check out our new breakfast items - they are the perfect way to jump-start your day!
Coupon valid April 6-12, 2015 only
Coupon must be printed to be redeemed

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New Smiley Merchandise Is Here!

Spring and warmer weather have finally arrived, which means so has our new merchandise!

Baseball season is finally here and we’ve got the perfect way to show off your team spirit (and favorite colors) with Black & Gold Smiley Travel Mugs! They’re available at all Pittsburgh locations and are only $8.99, plus they hold both hot and cold beverages.

We also have new Keep Calm And Smile On t-shirts at select locations! For only $9.99, they’re the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself.
And don’t forget the must-have accessory for your little one – our new Smiley Baby Bibs.  Available at select locations, they’re $6.99 and are sure to keep a smile on everyone’s face!

Locations selling t-shirts and bibs:

  • Waterfront (Homestead)
  • Avalon
  • McKnight (Northbound)
  • Whitehall
  • Banksville
  • Monongahela
  • Butler (Clearview Mall)
  • Library Road
  • Franklin Park
  • Etna
  • Uniontown
  • Sewickley
  • Greensburg
  • South Hills
  • Monroeville
  • Moon Twp.
  • Robinson
  • Marshall Twp. (Cranberry)
  • Hermitage
  • Washington
  • Latrobe
  • Indiana
  • Dubois
  • Grove City
  • North Huntingdon
  • St. Clairsville
  • Belle Vernon
  • Waterworks (Fox Chapel)
  • Hermitage - T-Shirts only!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Bakery Egg-stravaganza

Easter is only a few weeks away and whether you're in charge of bringing the cookies or the pie, we're your one stop Easter Bakery shop!

Let's start with our pies. Choose from fresh made pies like Oreo Creme, Coconut Creme, or Apple - we have something for everyone! And if life is giving you lemons, then try our Lemon Meringue pie! It's on sale this month for just $7! Why bake when you can go to Eat'n Park? Call ahead to your local Eat'n Park to place your pie order today.

And don't forget about Bunny Smiley Cookies! Sure to bring a smile to anyone's face, these cookies are always a hit in an Easter basket, the office or school parties. Plus, they're only $6.99 a dozen! That's an egg-ceptional deal!

And while you’re here, satisfy your sweet tooth with our Bunny Smiley Chocolates from Sarris Candies! They are the perfect prize for the end of an Easter egg hunt or can be a small treat for yourself. Pick them up at the register for only $1!

You can also Build Your Own Easter Basket at SmileyCookie.com! Each basket is customized and tailored for any taste, and features new Smiley Chicks, Sparkly Rainbow Bunny Cookies, and more. It’s a great way to send some bunny love to someone out of town!

Happy Easter!