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Veterans Day Restaurant Specials

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Happy Veterans Day.  Central thanks all of our veterans for their service.  Many restaurants around the country are showing their appreciation with special offers for veterans.  Take a look at these specials and please feel free to share what specials you find, or what your restaurant will have.  Most places will require identification, so be sure to bring it upon going to a restaurant.

Applebees

Veterans are able to get a free entree all day on November 11.

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse

Active duty and veterans are able to get a free lunch entree or a one-topping mini pizza for dinner on November 11.

Chili’s

A free meal (one of six choices) will be available for both active duty and veterans from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. on November 11.

Champps

Members of the military can get a free burger (excluding the Pepperjack Bacon and Kobe Burgers) on November 11. Dine-in orders only.

Denny’s

A free Grand Slam breakfast will be available for active military and veterans on November 11.

Famous Dave’s

Depending on location, a free or discounted meal will be available for active military and veterans on November 11.

Golden Corral

The Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner, which consists of a free meal, will be held at locations all around the country on November 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hooters

All throughout the day on November 11, with a purchase of a beverage active duty and veterans are able to get 10 free wings.  Dine-in orders only.

 Krispy Kreme

All active duty and veterans can get a free doughnut on November 11.

Little Caesars

Upon showing military ID, active duty or veterans can get a free order of Crazy Bread on November 11.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants

The 13th annual Veteran’s Day meal will be held on November 13.

Olive Garden

Veterans are able to get a free meal (from a pre-set menu) on November 11. It will include bread sticks and choice of soup or salad.

Outback Steakhouse

Active duty and veterans are able to get a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coke.  This offer began on November 7 and concludes on November 11.

Papa Johns

All orders placed from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on November 11 will make a $1 donation to assist the USO upon using their online ordering app.

Subway

At many locations around the country, active duty and veterans can get a free six-inch sub on November 11.

Texas Roadhouse

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., active duty and veterans can get a free lunch on November 11.

TGI Friday’s

For active duty and veterans, they will have a buy one entree, get another free on November 11.

Tim Hortons

Veterans can get a free doughnut on November 11.

 

 

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!

Central’s Week in Brief: September 2, 2011

Every Friday Central brings you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We’ll feature food news covering everything from the weird to the wonderful in the world of restaurants, schools, the military and more. It’s our way to help you go into the weekend with a little extra knowledge and maybe even a project or recipe to try out!

1. It’s been a busy week in the coffee business! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is stepping into the game with a new marketing campaign that will roll out three new signature blends.  Then, despite having to close 475 locations due to Border’s bankruptcy, this Nation’s Restaurant News article says Seattle’s Best has debuted 12 new stores since April. Last, Starbucks recently announced they will be selling their own line of K-Cup blends later on this year.

2. While some restaurants are taking steps into a healthier direction, one of Denny’s latest menu items doesn’t quite fit the “healthy” description, however, will probably be quite popular with diners.  It’s the Mac n’ Cheese Big Daddy Patty Melt and has a total of 1690 calories.  It’s all a part of their “Let’s Get Cheesy!” campaign.  To learn more about this sandwich, and other cheesy menu items, in this Eater article.

 3. It looks like hot dogs are making a comeback!  This QSR article discusses how hot dogs are expanding beyond food carts and many restaurants are reviving this food item–even as far as creating entire hot dog concepts out of them.  It’s too early to tell if it’s just a fad, or if it’s here to stay, but in the mean time, people will be able to enjoy gourmet-style hot dogs at more and more restaurants.

 4. Around this time last year, restaurants in the southern states were losing business due to the BP oil spill. This year, many restaurants will be cleaning up from the destruction left behind by Hurricane Irene. In this Nation’s Restaurant News article, they noted a statement by Brad Ludington, restaurant securities analyst for KeyBanc Capitol Markets, who said the 10 states affected by this tragedy will probably lose at least the equivalent of one day of weekend sales, some maybe more.

5. Can you believe the Labor Day weekend is here? On the overall spectrum of restaurant sales, Nation’s Restaurant News recently submitted a news release stating one-third of Americans will visit a restaurant, grab take-out or use a delivery service this Labor Day weekend. Read the full news release here.

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Central’s Week in Brief: April 1, 2011

Image from MorgueFileEvery Friday Central will be bringing you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We’ll feature food news covering everything from the weird to the wonderful in the world of restaurants, schools, the military and more.  It’s our way to help you go into the weekend with a little extra knowledge and maybe even a project or recipe to try out!

Here are this week’s 5 links:

1) Headed to Washington this month? Want some much needed kitchen garden inspiration from the first lady? Obama Foodorama has your solution!

2) Grub Street New York has 10 Reasons why Gwyneth Paltrow may want to make rumors of her food magazine become a reality.

3) The finale of Top Chef All-Star’s was this week. In case you missed it, comedian Max Silvestri will give you the run-down (along with his own always hilarious commentary) over at Eater .

4) Nation’s Restaurant News has the scoop on Denny’s new bacon campaign that includes a maple bacon sundae.  Here are the results from our Facebook reader poll on the porky treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) To prepare for spring, Earth Day (coming up on April 22) and some delicious herb filled dishes, try this fun project from Whole Foods.

We want to know, what food stories were your favorite this week?