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Some Interesting Facts about Pizza - 5, 5, 5, 5,5

Some Interesting Facts about Pizza - 5, 5, 5, 5,5

The Top 5 Pizza Franchises in the USA:
1. Pizza Hut with 15,605 Units
2. Domino’s with 11629 units
3. Papa John’s with 4700 Units
4. Little Ceasars with 4059 Units
5. Papa Murphy’s with 1425 Units

The Top 5 Pizza Sales Days:
1. Super Bowl Sunday
2. New Year’s Eve
3. Halloween
4. Night before Thanksgiving
5. New Year’s Day

The Top Fun Facts about Pizza:
1. 252 million pounds of pepperoni consumed every year
2. 100 acres of pizza eaten per day in the USA
3. 350 slices of pizza eaten each second
4. 70,000 pizzerias in the USA (9000 in New York)
5. 5 billion pizzas sold worldwide each year (3 billion in the USA)

The Top 5 Pizza Toppings:
1. Pepperoni
2. Mushrooms
3. Onions
4. Sausage
5. Bacon

The Top Most Expensive Pizza in the World:
1. $12,000 Luis XIII in Salerna, Italy
2. $ 8,200 Favitta’s Family Pizzeria, Henrietta, NY
3. $ 4,200 Domenico Crolla in Haggis, Glasgow, Scotland
4. $ 1,000 Nino Bellisima in New York City

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Free Meals for Military Personnel for Veteran's Day-2015

Brann’s is offering a free 6oz.  Sirloin and two sides on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th.

Bob Evans-Free Breakfast all day for Veteran’s and Active Military. Choose from 5 different plates.

Golden Coral-Appreciation for Veterans and Active Military: Dinner is free November 11th from 5 – 9pm.

Applebee’s will be serving 7 different free meals to Veterans and Active Military on Wednesday, November 11th.

Red Robin Restaurants will be offering a free Tavern Double Berger with Bottomless Steak Fries at all of its restaurants on November 11th. They will also be offering a 20% discount at participating restaurants from November 12 – December 31.

Red Lobster is offering a free appetizer and dessert from Monday, November 09, 2015 to Thursday, November 12. They have put together a special menu for both items.

Cygnus27 Unveils New Latin-Inspired Menu

Cygnus27 Unveils New Latin-Inspired Menu

News Release:

 

Chef de Cuisine Tim Moreno Fuses Culture and Tradition Offering Approachable Latin Dishes

Cygnus27, Grand Rapids’ AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, has introduced a new Latin American-inspired menu offering an approachable dining experience for locals and visitors. Rising culinary star Chef de Cuisine Tim Moreno used inspiration from his heritage to create the new direction for the menu which highlights a wide variety of Latin flavors and dishes from Spain, Mexico and South America.

“The new menu showcases my passions and background with traditional and contemporary twists on Latin favorites,” said Chef de Cuisine Tim Moreno. “I’m proud to lead Cygnus27 in a new direction and elevate the culinary scene in downtown Grand Rapids.”

Anna's House is a Winner in my Book

Anna's House is a Winner in my Book

I had the pleasure of having lunch at Anna’s House on Plainfield with my friend Barb Thompson last week for the first time. I have heard reports from others that the food is really good but now I know it to be true.

We both had burgers and it is one of the few places that ask how you would like the burger cooked. I’m guessing it is a sirloin burger because the flavor was so awesome and it was cooked to perfection. My choice was the bacon blue burger, truly a delicious burger. Even the bun was warmed, not something you always get unless you request it and I think that adds so much to a great sandwich.

Anna’s House is located at 3874 Plainfield NE in Grand Rapids, MI and is open Monday – Sunday from 6am – 2pm with breakfast served anytime. Phone: 616-361-8500 or you can go to urbanspoon.com to see the menu firsthand.

My First Visit to the Blue Dog Tavern

My First Visit to the Blue Dog Tavern

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the Blue Dog Tavern, formerly the Kopper Top Bar, for the first time. The tavern is located on the corner of Stocking & 4th St. NW in Grand Rapids, MI.

What a change from the former bar. I never knew there were windows on the side of the building but now those have been opened up to let the outside in. It is so wide open and inviting. The barback is especially neat; it looks like metal but I was told it is wood. Tables have receipts under glass from way back when, from years of 1936 on up, that the waitresses actually wrote out for customers orders. These were found when the new owner/owners started cleaning out the upper floor in the building.

Cascade Community Foundation Iron Chef Competition Tonight

Cascade Community Foundation Iron Chef Competition Tonight

Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student chefs will be competing this evening, using the "secret ingredient," for the opportunity to take home the Iron Skillet Award and a College Scholarship. They will be preparing gourmet cuisine for the judges to savor.

Cynthia Kay Afendoulis will be honored at this year's event with the Claude and Marion Robinson Community Leadership Award. This is awarded to an individual who is committed to improving the community and the lives of neighbors. Cynthia is the owner of Cynthia Kay & Co., a media production and corporate communications company.

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Knock back a beer and help knock out cancer this month with “Hops for Hope.”

 

During September, several West Michigan breweries will be donating $1 from each “purple beer” purchase to Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community.  Proceeds from sales of Hops for Hope growlers and refills will also go to the cause.

 

“It’s good to give back to the community,” Bob Bonga, owner of the family-owned and operated Jaden James Brewery in Kentwood. “It’s wonderful that VAI is in Grand Rapids, and 100% of what we raise goes to research.”