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Halloween Restaurant Promotions

Witches, goblins, ghosts and ghouls alike unite! Halloween is tomorrow! As a highly-popular holiday, Halloween always stirs the pot in the marketing world of restaurants. Halloween provides restaurants with the opportunity to be creative, and cast some fun on a typical business day. Whether you’re looking to score a deal for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, we’ve found some deals perfect for a family fright night!

Start off your day with a sweet treat. This October, Krispy Kreme is selling Pumpkin, Cobweb and Halloween Sprinkle doughnuts deemed “Krispy Skremes”. Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut for every customer dressed in a costume. Show off your Halloween spirit and get a free pumpkin spice or Halloween doughnut. Simple enough! No purchase is necessary! Dunkin’ Donuts is also offering a new October treat, the “Boston Scream” donut. Dunkin’ Donuts is also having a Twitter and Instagram contest. Dress up your cup from DD during Halloween for a chance to win a $100 Dunkin’ Donuts Card!

Even the usual go-to chains are getting into the Halloween spirit. Take children to Subway so they can not only have a healthy Halloween lunch, but also receive a reusable Disney Frankenweenie-inspired bag and glow stick. Perfect for trick-or-treating! A Halloween lunch doesn’t have to be frightenly expensive either. McDonald’s is offering coupon books for one dollar when in return you get 12 free product coupons inside! These could be a great purchase for cheap meals in the future, or to pass out for trick-or-treating. Chipotle is reinstating their usual “Dress to Kill” fundraiser.  This year the theme is “Food With Integrity”, referencing Chipotle’s use of quality ingredients. Customers are encouraged to dress up as “a horrifying processed food product”. Those who visit a Chipotle after 6 p.m. on Halloween and are dressed in costume with get a burrito, bowl, salad or an order of tacos for only two dollars. The proceeds go to Food Revolution, an organization seeking to sway Americans away from processed foods.

Dinner with a family can always get a little pricey, but these deals are no trick! Whether it be promotions or kids eating free, restaurants have you covered on Halloween night. Pizza Inn is letting all children ten years old or younger receive a free “boo-fet” with the purchase of one adult “boo-fet”. Kids also eat free at all Outback Steakhouse locations on Halloween night with the purchase of one adult entrée. You also receive a treat inside of the beverage books placed on your table on Halloween night in addition to kids eating free doubling the spook-tacular deal! Dickey’s Barbeque Pit is also letting little ghosts and goblins eat free on Halloween night, but only if they come dressed in costume. Put a smile on your family’s face when you order a specially shaped jack-o-lantern pizza from Papa Murphy’s! If you’re really looking for a cheap, quick bite to eat on Halloween night, look to Sonic. They’re having 50 cent corn dogs ALL DAY long! And this is certainly not a trick!

To end the night on a sweet note, pick up a Baskin-Robbins Halloween ice cream cake. The real treat of the night comes in three choices: Haunted House, Pumpkin Face or Fall Harvest Roll. All choices will cap off your hauntingly good time right!

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: 8/31

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from August 27-31.

Hurricane Isaac Could Mean More Bad News for Farmers

From Chicago Tribune, Read Full Story

Over the last couple weeks we’ve continued to see the effects of the drought on the nation’s heartland and have heard many speculations as to how it will impact food prices.  According to U.S. Drought Monitor, updated last on Thursday August 30, many states are still categorized at the D4 level, the most intense type of drought on the scale.  This may change over the next few days as many Midwest states will receive much needed rainfall with the remnants of Hurricane Issac.  However according to a Chicago Tribune article, an agricultural meteorologist said the remnants will stall crop harvests and could cause some localized damage.

National Restaurant Association to Kick Off National Food Safety Month

From Food Safety Month, Read Full Story

“Be safe, don’t cross-contaminate” says the National Restaurant Association, who kicks off their 18th annual National Food Safety Month on September 1.  NFSM is an annual NRA campaign that brings more awareness to food safety.  Through the campaign, NRA offers a variety of tools for restaurants such as training activities and posters.  All materials are free and can be found on the Serv Safe website.

Registration Has Begun for the US Pizza Team Trials and American Pizza Championship

From United States Pizza Team, Read Full Story

Does your pizzaria have something special that others don’t?  Do you have a special technique that puts you ahead of your competition? You can use all the skills that make your pizza place special at this year’s US Pizza Team Trials and American Pizza Championship.  According to the U.S. Pizza Team website, “The U.S. Pizza Team was established in 2000 as a vehicle to further promote the pizza industry and independent pizzerias through friendly competition, live and televised performances, team and individual appearances and more.”  They added attending team members gain a sense of camaraderie with others providing an overall positive outcome for customers.

Last Chance to Sign Up for September’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry

From The Central Blog, Read Full Story

For restaurants, both independent and multi-units, looking to increase sales and raise money for a great cause, Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ is the perfect fundraiser.  Dine Out For No Kid Hungry enables restaurants to donate a portion of sales to help end childhood hunger.  There’s no registration fee or minimum donation amount to join and Share Our Strength has literally done all the work enabling restaurants to get started quickly with little effort on their part.  While the official week for the event is September 16-22, Share Our Strength® welcomes and encourages restaurants to participate anytime and for as long as they’d like during the month of September.  The last day to sign up is Friday September 7.  Register today!  Contact Share Our Strength Senior Manager Jessie Sherrer at 202-478-6505 with questions.

Labor Day Weekend Restaurant Sales and Promotions

Looking to dine out this weekend?  We’ve looked all over the web and found some deals going on this weekend so you can dine out, boost restaurant sales and save some money at the same time.

Bahama Breeze Italian Grille: $10 Burger and Beer

Baskin-Robbins: Buy One Cone, Get One Free

Buca di Beppo: $10 Off Dine In and To Go Orders

Burger King: $1 Real Fruit Smoothies

Caribou Coffee: $2 Breakfast Sandwiches or Oatmeal

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: $10 Off and $5 Off of Purchase

Denny’s: Free ‘Nana Bread Pancake Puppies with Entree Purchase

Macaroni Grill: Buy One Entree, Get One Free

Mimis Cafe: $5 off Purchase of $15

On The Border: Free Order of Original Queso

Pizza Hut: Spend $20 or More and Get Free Medium Pizza

Quiznos: Buy One, Get One for $1 and $1 Off Select Menu Items

Red Robin: Facebook Offer–$5 off $20 Purchase

Sonic: Half Price Breakfast Burritos on September 4

Subway: $5 Footlong Faves

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry Success!

Last week, September 18-24, was Share Our Strength’s annual event, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry™ (formally known as the Great American Dine Out).  This national campaign for No Kid Hungry allows restaurants and customers to join together to help combat childhood hunger in America, which Share Our Strength is committed to end.

This year’s event was extremely successful.  There were over 5500 restaurants in attendance (which is up over 100 restaurants from last year), many of which in some way extended their campaign anywhere from a week to even the entire month of September.

To raise money, each participating restaurant has a promotion for their customers.  Each customer that donates to the cause then takes advantage of the promotion—which ranges from free items to bounce-back coupons.

Last year Share Our Strength raised $1.5 million and this year’s goal was $2.5 million.  While official numbers won’t roll out until mid to late November, Share Our Strength Senior Manager, Jessie Sherrer, keeps getting updates and it looks like they may have even exceeded the goal (but nothing will be official until final numbers are released).

“We had great companies this year, especially with some of the bigger restaurants such as Joe’s Crab Shack, Corner Bakery, Monical’s Pizza, Denny’s, etc.,” Sherrer said. “And it was Pita Pit’s first year and they just blew out of the water.”

This was Central customer Monical’s Pizza’s second time participating in Dine Out for No Kid Hungry ™.  They opened in 1959 by the Monical family in Tolono, Ill., and today have at least 66 restaurants in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

“Our 2011 event was made up of Monical’s Pizza donating $1 from every 16” thin crust one or more topping Family Pleaser® (pizza, salad and soft drink) sold in our participating locations,” said Lisa Chidichimo, Marketing Technology Coordinator for Monical’s. “In order to benefit the Share Our Strength funds, we also offered a 20 percent discount on this meal combination.”

While Monical’s mostly participates in local programs and assisting the communities they serve, Chidichimo said this national program fit into their values.

“Their program is taking on childhood hunger through what they call a state strategy; launching state-and city campaigns across the U.S. Each campaign is dedicated to its specific geographic area and works by building private-public partnerships with local anti-hunger groups, government agencies, corporate partners and key political, education and business leaders,” she explained. “These partnerships focus on increasing participation in federal nutrition programs, in turn, unleashes millions of federal dollars to connect kids who are at risk of hunger to the food they need to succeed.”

Chidichimo also added the impact of this year’s campaign was better than their last—and it’s always a learning process. The support and promotion materials provided by Share Our Strength was very helpful to them.

While the total amount of Monical’s donations is still being calculated, Chidichimo says it seems as though they will contribute upwards of $7000. (Again, all numbers for both the Dine Out and Monical’s are tentative).

All restaurant participation for the No Kid Hungry campaign truly assists the over 17 million children in America that struggle with hunger. Their website points out this is nearly one out of four children.  They also add these children have trouble learning, are sick more often and aren’t able to develop as quickly or as soundly as other children.

To learn more about No Kid Hungry, visit the Dine Out website or read their blog. They are on Facebook and Twitter too.  There are events throughout the year and you can also make a donation to the cause at any time.  So if you missed out on the event this year but would like to become more involved in the organization, there are many ways on their website for you to do so.

Central will continue to follow the progress of Dine Out for No Kid Hungry™ and will pass along the announcement of this year’s total number once the information becomes available.  Also, check out our July blog about the event to see how successful Share Our Strength was over what their original plans were!

If you were a participating restaurant or customer, we’d love to hear your experience with this year’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry!