holiday season

Customer Spotlight: Restaurants Giving Back During the Holiday Season

Holiday Season

The holidays are a busy time for the restaurant industry but also very rewarding when able to give back to their local community. Learn about two of our customers and how they are giving back over the holidays and what they have going on during the 2015 holiday season.

Anna's Pizza and PastaAnna’s Pizza and Pasta

The people of Winnebago, Illinois love Anna’s Pasta and Pizza, who just celebrated their 20th year in business! This locally owned pizza hot spot has appeared in Pizza Today Magazine and Pizza Magazine Quarterly. They were also named 2009 Village of Winnebago Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.

Owner Brian Weavel and Anna’s Pizza and Pasta are very active in their community with 2016 being a dream for him, one he says he does not want to wake up from!

He was Pizza Today Magazine’s first and only Guest Editor and Chief for their September 2014 issue and a judge for the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.

Brian Weavel

Brian Weavel

Weavel also participated in a fundraiser for the Rockford Rescue Mission and made pizza for 24 hours straight and raised $2,600!

Recently, Anna’s Pizza and Pasta did a fundraiser for a Rockford area cancer patient with Green Bay Packers’ Ahman Green and his foundation.

These efforts are just few of many that Weavel and Anna’s Pizza and Pasta have done, and could have been the inspiration for charitable holiday spirit in a group of young men that work at the restaurant.

This holiday season, the group of co-workers used their singing voices to give back to their community.

Calling themselves the “Anna’s Carolers,” the group went caroling house to house singing holiday songs to raise money for Toys for Tots.

Weavel told WREX news “Anna’s Carolers” took on this initiative all on their own and he was very proud of them.

You can follow along with Anna’s Pizza and Pasta, as well as “Anna’s Carolers,” on their Facebook page!

Broad Ripple BrewpubBroad Ripple Brewpub

Indy’s first Brewpub and longest operating microbrewery, Broad Ripple Brewpub, opened in 1990 and prides themselves on always serving the perfect pint and offering an eclectic menu in a family friendly atmosphere.

Each year for the holiday season, the Broad Ripple Brewpub collects money for the United Christmas Service, who provide warm clothing and presents for families that are in need.

“Customers buy a cutout picture of a Christmas light bulb for whatever they can spare, then they write their names on it and stick it to the mirror behind the bar,” said General Manager Billy Hannan.

“This year we got a head start by collecting a dollar for every pint of our ESB that was sold on the night of our 25th anniversary party, held on November 14, and this money will be added to whatever we collect beyond that.”

Also this holiday season, local classically trained musicians play holiday music at the Brewpub, many of whom are members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to the great charitable efforts, guests can expect a great selection of seasonal beers.

Broad Ripple BrewpubMany customers look forward to the Wee Alec Heavy, a Scottish Ale. This year, Hannan said they are also featuring a Gruit, called “How the Gruit Stole Christmas” which is an alcoholic beverage that Europeans drank before discovering hops as an ingredient.

“Ours is made with orange peels and pine cones,” Hannan said. “It’s light and easy to drink, with a flavor similar to traditional hopped beers, but with a unique flavor all its own.”

They hope this new beer becomes a popular tradition for future Christmases to come.

Find more information about the Broad Ripple Brewpub on their Facebook page!

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