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Paula Deen: Ham Smacked!

In Day-to-Day, Food Retail on November 29, 2009 at 10:20 pm

This has to be one of my favorite “holiday” news stories so far this year. Paula Deen was helping out at an Atlanta food bank prior to Thanksgiving. She was unloading hams when one got tossed her way as she wasn’t expecting it. According to the AP story, it sounds like the ham tosser might have been feeling a tad Grinch-ish, if you ask me. And the video looks painful.

Paula smiled and laughed it off at the time and later tweeted, “I haven’t met the ham that could stop me yet!”

Well smack my ham, I think I just became a Paula Deen fan!


McCormick & Schmick’s Fish Toss

In Food Retail, Raleigh NC on July 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I know I’ve been writing a lot about my client McCormick & Schmick’s, but this project has kinda been my life lately! And, it’s really been a lot of fun. The part that my team has probably been the most excited about is the fish toss which is a McCormick & Schmick’s tradition signifying the opening of a new store.

My video is really shaky, but I hope you’ll still enjoy it. It was a great event and a fun beginning to our final pre-opening event which was a manager’s reception where we had more than a thousand people come through the doors! It was amazing! Everyone loved the food, drinks & great McCormick & Schmick’s service.

McCormick & Schmick’s Mixology

In Food Retail, Raleigh NC on July 9, 2008 at 2:59 pm

A preview for all planning to attend our reception at McCormick & Schmick’s in Raleigh tonight:

A restaurant groupie?

In Food Retail on July 9, 2008 at 10:32 am

Has anyone ever heard of a restaurant groupie? Last night at one of the pre-opening events for McCormick & Schmick’s, I met a guy who claimed to be one. Listen carefully to what he says at the beginning of the video about the openings he’s attended. Are there other folks out there who share this hobby???

Live from McCormick & Schmick’s

In Food Retail, Raleigh NC on July 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm

It’s our second day of pre-opening events at McCormick & Schmick’s at Crabtree Valley Mall. We’ve done two mock lunches hosting close to 150 people each. Last night we had a PR & marketing networking cocktail reception and a benefit dinner for the Food Bank. All have gone extremely well. GM Robert Berbary has done an excellent job of hiring the best talent in Raleigh. Everyone has said the service has been excellent and the food delicious.

I was especially excited to get to meet Doug Sutton, author of Raleigh Native Review and community content go-to guy for WNCN, in-person yesterday. Read what he wrote about his McCormick & Schmick’s dining experience: http://blogs.wncn.info/dsutton/2008/07/07/mccormick-and-schmicks-brings-it/  A great review!

Putting the Crab in Crabtree Valley Mall

In Day-to-Day, Food Retail, Raleigh NC on July 1, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Jake, the 700 pound crab, finally made it to Raleigh! He is now on top of the McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant at Crabtree Valley Mall. As previously mentioned, McCormick & Schmick’s is one of my clients, and today was a most fun & entertaining day learning/witnessing what goes into getting a huge inflatible crab on the roof of a restaurant. The highlights included: 1)Meeting Scott who travels around and installs Jake and is the guy who typically gets to “flip the switch” to inflate Jake, which I think is just cool! You’ll see Scott in the video… he’s the one dangerously close to the edge of the roof! 2) Seeing the entire in-training staff come out to see Jake as well as a news camera interviewing Robert the GM.  3) Realizing that I wasn’t the only one who wanted to blog about Jake — see links below.






McCormick & Schmick’s Show UNC, Duke and State Pride

In Food Retail, Raleigh NC on June 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm

My team continues the hard work in planning the pre-opening events for McCormick & Schmick’s coming to Crabtree Valley Mall next month. I’ve had the fun of getting to go to the site and see things as they progress. McCormick & Schmick’s uses a stained glass artist named Chuck Franklin to do the stained glass in all its restaurants, and he’s done something absolutely perfect for the Raleigh store — beautiful Tiffany-style pendant lamps hanging over the bar…. one with the UNC logo, one with Duke and one with State. Now if only the fans of all three can co-exist as equally as peacefully in the same bar. 🙂

Father’s Day at Krispy Kreme

In Family & kids, Food Retail on June 19, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Went by Kripsy Kreme with Dave, JW and Pappy last weekend and got the Dad doughnuts for Dave & Pappy. It never gets old seeing the doughnuts going down the line and under the glaze. Want to mention again that KKD is a client of mine but I loved the product long before I started working with them!


Another Jake Spotting

In Food Retail on June 11, 2008 at 1:03 am

Got this from Jill Collins of Jill Collins PR from the DC area.  She secured a McCormick & Schmick’s Jake story in the DC Examiner. Loved their header!

 Just bring a LOT of butter…

POSTED June 10, 2:17 PM

If you’re wondering what giant monstrosity is hanging out at the National Harbor, that would be Jake the Crab, the official mascot of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, which sits atop the restaurant group’s newest eatery. The 700 pound inflatable crab is named for Bill McCormick’s first restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Visible from Wilson Bridge — not to mention to those passengers flying into Reagan National —  Jake is  8 feet high, 17 feet wide and 17 feet deep and his legs extend 25 feet out in each direction. You can spot him there until June 23.

McCormick & Schmick’s – Jake the Crab is on His Way

In Food Retail, Raleigh NC on June 8, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Sue Stock from the News & Observer did a really fun story on my team’s client, McCormick & Schmick’s, on Friday.  In addition to her story on the front page of the business section, Sue added more photos and information on her blog under an entry called Getting Crabby 🙂 : http://projects.newsobserver.com/taking_stock/getting_crabby

Look for Jake at Crabtree soon and for more details about the McCormick & Schmick’s opening events, contact me.