Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Don’t whine… today is “Wine Wednesday!”



Posted by Lyndi

If you weren’t aware… did you know that every Wednesday is “Wine Wednesday” at Carrabba’s Italian Grill? 

Yes!  Every Wednesday all bottles of wine are $10 off!

And here is an added benefit to those of us in Northwest Arkansas:  Since Carrabba’s in Rogers is located in a Dry County, you can take your bottle of wine to-go! 

Yes!  To-Go! 

In a cute little plastic bag that can be sealed at the top. 

Being the “literal girl” that I am, when our waitress said that she could put our leftover wine in a to-go plastic bag… I literally though it was going to be a boota-bag!  Which made my husband hysterical.

Since today is Wednesday, hopefully you will get a chance to imbibe!

Cheers!


Full Disclosure:  Shortly after posting this, the makers of the wine-to-go-bag at Carrabba's wrote and thanked me for the nice photo and sharing of their bags!  Then they send me some samples to try for myself!  And, of course, I am going to share them with you.  Look for future giveaway post!  Thanks www.winedoggybag.com!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Here’s an alternative to the drive-thru window… sushi!



Posted by Lyndi


So I was out and about on Sunday, running around, and was famished.  I wanted something more than my Larabar.

Fast food was out of the question.
Sitting down at a restaurant was out of the question.
If I had packed a lunch, that would have rocked.  Did I?  Nope.

So here was the challenge:  what could I eat that was fast, not junk food, and still tasty?  

Oh, and didn’t cost an arm and a leg?

Sushi!  Well, almost sushi…. an avocado roll from Sho-Guns!

For just $4.13 (+ tip) I had avocado (protein + good fat + taste) and seaweed (healthy) and rice (carbs to feel filled up).  

Delish!

Next time you are running around and in the same situation, consider calling in a to-go order from your favorite sushi spot.  It only took 10 minutes!

Happy eating on-the-go!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Run-Walk-Drive-Cycle to The Grateful Kitchen food truck in Rogers!

Posted by Lyndi


Get this… we have a food truck… HEALTHY FOOD!  And in… Rogers?  Getting trendy, aren’t we?

A special thank-you goes out to yeast-n-math (the self-proclaimed “cyclist foodie of Rogers”) who discovered this awesome new food truck in Rogers! 

Jen Mattson, owner of The Grateful Kitchen is now in her third week, serving lunch Tuesday-Friday from 11am-2pm each day from the parking lot of Rogers Natural Foods on 13th Street.  It is a great arrangement.  Simply walk up to the window, put in your order, chat a moment with Jen, get out of the heat and shop Rogers Natural Foods, and when Jen is finished she will deliver your to-go order in the store where they will ring you up!  Very easy.



The Grateful Kitchen’s menu is the limited but she is very flexible.  For example, I was really interested in the mozzarella cheese, tomato, and basil sandwich but alas, as you know I cannot eat dairy or wheat.  No problem,” says Jen.  I made gluten-free bread!” 

May I just said I might have cried a little in the inside.  

This sandwich as amazing and the gluten-free bread was like a moist biscuit!  And juicy, thick, home-grown tomatoes.  Oh wow, I’m drooling again.  I can only imagine how the regular bread and cheese addition must taste! 

And another flexibility she worked in… she removed the prosciutto from the rice pilaf menu (note:  A co-worker of mine, Brandon, ordered his with the prosciutto.  He and I both agree that it is a better dish without it. The grease from it can be a little too much).  Can we have a moment of silence for a perfect medley of rice, carrots, and roasted cauliflower florets?  Ahhhh…. Delightful. 

And lastly, I ordered the gluten-free option for dessert:  brownies.  Jen says she uses a recipe from a chef in Berkley.  Creamy, gooey, and tasty.  I loved it!  I did have to get a “professional opinion” from another co-worker, Angela.  Angela is a desert freak so I knew she would give me an honest opinion of how it compares to a “real” brownie.  It’s been awhile since I had one.  She agreed about the texture:  perfect.  She felt it needed more chocolate and a little more sweet.  So, for all of you non gluten-free folks, go with the regular option.  Fellow gluten-free foodies, I personally was in heaven!  Then again, I don’t have a sweet tooth and I am not into chocolate (I know, I know, many of you will stop following now since I admitted that).

The Grateful Kitchen’s menu changes weekly, so be sure to check out her website each week or follow her on facebook for the latest information.

I’d like to leave you with a little photo montage of what you will expect when you visit The Grateful Kitchen!  Let me know what you think and what your favorite menu item is!

Happy food-truck eating!





Monday, July 19, 2010

Delicious Creamy Orange-Avocado Salad Dressing (low fat, too).

Posted by Lyndi

I was in Tulsa recently and visited Whole Foods off of Peoria

Man I wish we had one.

My perfect food retailer world consists of Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Costco, and a farmer’s market. 

Make that two farmer’s markets.

Back to Whole Foods:  I grabbed a free recipe flyer while in Whole Foods that piqued my interest:  Creamy Orange-Avocado Dressing.  It is surprisingly delicious and a perfect blend of bite, sweetness, and creamy loveliness.  This dressing chills well since the avocado is incorporated with the juice of an orange.  Thanks Whole Foods, two thumbs up!

1.      3 green onions, trimmed and diced.

2.      ½ avocado, peeled and pitted

3.      ½ cup orange juice

4.      Puree all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Add sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste.  Cover and chill until ready to use.

5.      Wash and prepare your greens.

6.      Add to your salad and toss.  Enjoy!

Curious about the nutrition?  Serves 4, about 2oz per serving.  60 calories (35 from fat), 4g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium (depending on how much you use), 6g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 1g protein. 100% yummy.

Happy eating!

And the $15 Copeland’s winner is…. (drumroll, please)


Posted by Lyndi


Cary

You’re the Lucky Winner!!  Now you can take Lisa out for that dessert you are lusting after!  I will provide you with the penguin bill!

Thank you to everyone who entered!   

Get ready for another giveaway courtesy of NWArestaurants.com for Johnny Brusco’s and Petit Bistro giveaways are also just around the corner! 

Who else gives you a chance to try out these fantastic restaurants in Northwest Arkansas?!  Stay tuned for more penguin bill giveaways from Dave at NWArestaurants.com!  NWArestaurants.com is the premier search engine for restaurants in Northwest Arkansas!  Check out his website and facebook and follow him on twitter.  Thanks Dave, you rock!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Carolyn’s top 15 gluten-free restaurants in Northwest Arkansas.



Posted by Lyndi

Today we continue with final topic of our three-part interview with Carolyn Lynch McKinley. 

3.    Gluten-free restaurant dining in Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri.

nwafoodie:  We’ve already talked about how the gluten-free section came to be at Walmart and how you were personally involved in making that happen.  Before that we discussed the local celiac support group and your willingness to help others embrace their new gluten-free lifestyle.  Now, I’ve got to know… what are YOUR favorite restaurants with gluten-free options in Northwest Arkansas and what are your favorite menu items?   Can you share that with us?

Carolyn:  Sure!

nwafoodie: Before we start your list, is there any advice for us when ordering gluten-free?

Carolyn:  Yes!  The first time you ever go to a restaurant, always, always, always do not be afraid to ask questions!  Talk to the manager.  If a menu items comes out wrong, tell them.  For instance, on Monday a meal I ordered came out wrong and I told them. They ended up not charging me.  Other example is Copelands’ restaurant in Rogers.  They do not have a gluten-free menu, but the manager will work with me to ensure my meal is gluten-free.

nwafoodie:  Great advice!  I always forget to ask and I make assumptions.  Just because a chicken is grilled does not mean that the glaze isn’t gluten-free.  Okay, ready to share your favorites?  I know that Boston’s Grill in Bentonville is one of them, because here we are, enjoying gluten-free pizza while we chat.  I have to tell you, it’s AWESOME!

Carolyn:  It IS awesome!  They are in my top three!

1.         PF Chang’s in Rogers:  They have an entire gluten-free menu, which is extensive.  They even have gluten-free soy sauce. 

2.         Mama Fu’s in Bentonville:  Steam bowls are great.  Be sure to order them without soy sauce.  You can have the sweet and sour instead.  And now they have a gluten-free menu!

3.         Boston’s Grill in Bentonville:  They have a gluten-free pizza option. I will usually order one and share it with someone or take half of it home.  They also have gluten-free beer varieties, so be sure to ask which ones because it is not noted on the spirits menu.

4.         Red Robin in Rogers and Fayetteville:  Ask for the gluten-free menu.  Tell your server when you order that you want EXACTLY what is on that gluten-free menu.  Their burgers can come in a lettuce wrap.  Watchouts: their seasoning salt that’s out on each table has gluten and there is wheat in their milk shakes.

5.         Las Fajitas in Bella Vista, Bentonville, and Springdale:  Order the chicken fajita taco salad without the shell.  Ask them to replace with fresh peppers and onions because the cooked ones run a risk of cross-contamination with gluten.

6.         Acambaro in Bentonville, Lowell, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville:  Again, order the chicken fajita taco salad without the shell.  No need for any other request.  Beans are gluten-free.

7.         Carrabba’s in Rogers:  Ask for the gluten-free menu.  This is the same family of restaurants as Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill.  All have gluten-free menus.  Outback has the most variety.

8.         Bordino’s in Fayetteville:  They actually have gluten-free pasta.  The chef has a family member with celiac disease.

9.         Jose’s in Springdale and Fayetteville:  Ask for the gluten-free menu.

10.       World Garden in Bentonville:  They have a limited gluten-free bakery.  It depends what time you visit whether there are items available.  Note:  World Garden let me know that they stopped making the gluten-free bakery items.  So sad to hear that.

11.       Chili’s in Rogers and Fayetteville: Talk to the manager and tell him or her you need a gluten-free meal.

12.       On The Border in Rogers:  Again, tell the manager you are gluten-free and ask for his help.

13.       Fast foods:  Chick-fil-a in Rogers, Bentonville, and Fayetteville:  Grilled chicken without the bun, cole slaw and fruit bowl.  Arby’s in Rogers, Bentonville, Springdale, and Fayetteville:  Roast beef with no bun and apple market salad.  Be careful with French fries in general.  French fries are usually blanched with wheat.  Dairy Queen in Bella Vista, Springdale, Lowell, and Fayetteville:  Ice cream here is gluten-free.  In general, you need to be careful with milk shakes and ice cream to make sure they do not contain wheat.

14.       Starbuck’s in Bentonville, Rogers, and Fayetteville:  Now offers Lucy’s branded cookies.  Caution:  If you are newly diagnosed, give it three years before you eat products with oat fiber.  Lucy’s cookies have oat fiber.

15.       PJ’s Bakery in Joplin:  Every Monday PJ sets aside the entire day for gluten-free only.  You name it, she makes it.  She has awesome hamburger buns, muffins, biscuits, apple walnut bread, and even pre-made dough where you can make your own pizzas, strombroli, and calzone.  While you can drive up to Joplin yourself, those of us in the Celiac Support Association will often group order and share the pick-up and delivery duties. PJ’s Bakery is located at 3500 Apricot Drive in Joplin, Missouri.  You can pre-order, pick-up or have these products shipped to you.  She can be reached at 417-781-5854.  Note: PJs is closed on Mondays (this is the day she is making gluten-free items in the kitchen).

nwafoodie:  These are great!  Thank you so much for sharing!  I’ve really enjoyed my time getting to know you and picking your brain.  Thank you Carolyn!

Carolyn:  You are welcome.  Thank you for getting the word out.  I am also organizing Gluten Freedom Day in July here in Northwest Arkansas, partnering with Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) and others.  [Click here for more information about Gluten Freedom Day.]

nwafoodie:  Looking forward to hearing more about that and spreading the word.  Thanks again Carolyn.

Carolyn:  Thank you!


Hopefully you have enjoyed this three-part series and found Carolyn’s advice, expertise, and honesty as stirring as I did.  Carolyn can be reached via email or facebook and welcomes your comments!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The story behind Walmart’s gluten-free section.



Posted by Lyndi

Today we continue with topic #2 of our three-part interview with Carolyn Lynch-McKinley.

2.    Walmart’s support of the celiac lifestyle by providing affordable gluten-free products.


nwafoodie:  Yesterday, we talked about your willingness to freely give of your time to help others by taking the time to show people how to shop gluten-free at their regular Walmart store.  The story of WHY you are so driven to help others in this area is moving.  And it is because of your efforts to provide advice and support within Walmart’s home office that they developed the gluten-free section that provides an affordable solution for so many of us. Can we talk more about that?

Carolyn:  Sure!

nwafoodie:  In May 2008 you were diagnosed with celiac disease and began your journey living a gluten-free life.  What was that like?

Carolyn:  I finally had the answer to a host of symptoms that had plagued me for years!  My doctor gave me a list of foods to avoid and I went shopping. It was a nightmare.  For two hours I wandered around the store, picking up product after product, reading labels, and replacing product after product back on the shelf after discovering an ingredient that contained gluten.  Two hours, I did this, and I became increasing discouraged.  Walmart associates were eager to help but we found that their knowledge of gluten-free matched mine.  After two hours of nothing, I went to my car in the parking lot and just bawled.

nwafoodie:  That had to be discouraging.  What did you do then?

Carolyn:  I drove to a local health food store.  Thankfully they had a gluten-free section.  $60 later and only two grocery bags to show for it, I AGAIN went to my car in the parking lot and bawled.  Now I was discouraged to know that I would have to pay a fortune for gluten-free foods.  I wasn’t prepared for it.

nwafoodie:  It’s true.  Gluten-free foods aren’t the cheapest.  So how did this translate into you influencing Walmart to developing gluten-free section?

Carolyn:  After that first gluten-free shopping trip into Walmart and the health food store, I decided to get my “masters,” so to speak, in learning all the products that currently were available at Walmart that were already gluten-free.  It was with great pride that I spent the same $60 and came out with four grocery bags to show for it.  Much better than my trip before.

nwafoodie:  So then what?  How did the dedicated gluten-free section come about?

Carolyn:  I was driven to make a difference.  Being that I am a Walmart employee in the Office of Diversity Department, I was inspired and driven to make a difference for individual who are faced with the gluten-free lifestyle.  In June 2008, just one month after my first shopping experience, I wrote a proposal that detailed what celiac disease is and other food-related illnesses and the importance of providing an affordable alternative for people so they could save money and live better.  In addition, the merchants were also interested in providing a great gluten-free experience. The gluten-free section rolled out in Spring 2009.  The first stores to have sections were in Springland, Missouri and Vineland, New Jersey, both Division 1 stores (not supercenters). Isn’t that great?  I am very appreciative of the Walmart merchants and leadership for taking the time to consider the needs of this community.

nwafoodie:  Do all Walmart stores have a dedicated gluten-free section?

Carolyn:  There are two different approaches.  Some stores have a completely dedicated gluten-free section and some have gluten-free products integrated within categories.  At this time, determining if a store will have one is based on the market place and whether a store is going through a remodel, expansion or relocation, or if a store is completely new and being constructed.  If a store doesn’t have a dedicated section there are still gluten-free items, they are just integrated into the regular categories.  For example, the store on Pleasant Grove in Rogers does not have an integrated section yet it does have gluten-free crackers, noodles, and other items all located within the food aisles.  The Neighborhood Market across from the Promenade Mall has a 4ft dedicated section and Bentonville has an entire 12ft section!



nwafoodie:  Are you responsible for which products are available?

Carolyn: When the project was initially designed, Walmart developed an internal tasting panel (still in effect). I was captain of educating the Buyer.  The Buyer makes the decision on which product to stock based on research, supplier input, etc.  It’s a similar process to any product that is available on Walmart shelves. Gluten-free items must go through the merchandising process.

nwafoodie:  Can any of us request a gluten-free product if it is currently not available?

Carolyn:  Sure!  Just like any category at Walmart, requests can be made by talking to your department manager, store manager, going on line, or calling the hot line.  This is great because my goal is to have the gluten-free opportunities as part of the normal market place.

nwafoodie:  What does that mean, “have the gluten-free opportunities as part of the normal market place?”

Carolyn:  It has to do with perception.  I think the biggest opportunity that gluten-free has is it being perceived as a fad.  It’s not.  It is a lifestyle, a permanent lifestyle, for the sake of health.  Celiac and gluten-free consumers need to educate others that this is not a fad.  So many companies and retailers out there seem to be taking advantage of the marketplace.

nwafoodie:  You mentioned earlier about making gluten-free affordable at Walmart.  Is that what you are referring to?

Carolyn:  Yes.  My hope is to get the word out to say, “Hey, look what is available at Walmart now, gluten-free!”  The hope is that people with gluten intolerances will be grateful to have something that is both tasty and affordable.  This consumer knows they will be paying more for gluten-free.  We understand that.  Those who are taking advantage of the marketplace and marking-up prices are doing a disservice by putting a strain on these families.  A lot of people have to make tough decisions.  I believe there is a social responsibility we need to take in creating a positive experience. 

nwafoodie:  Without you knowing it, you’ve made a powerful impact on MY life.  I purchase a lot of my gluten-free items at Walmart.

Carolyn:  The first time I went back to Walmart and purchased four grocery bags of gluten-free for $60 impacted my life.  I thought, wow, this is powerful.  I became more confident and started research.  I realized I am able to buy 90% of all my gluten-free staple foods at Walmart.  And, there are some items I can purchase at Sams Club, such as Crunchmaster’s multi-grain gluten-free crackers.  This allows me to be able to afford specialty gluten-free foods or eating out gluten-free.  That confidence pushed me to want to teach others and help them on their gluten-free life journey. Click here to read my previous post to hear how Carolyn helps others in this journey.

nwafoodie: Now you’re talking my language… the foodie language!  I am glad to hear you say that you are still able to treat yourself to specialty foods and eat out gluten-free.  I think doing that adds to quality of life!  You mentioned that you have discovered a whole host of gluten-free restaurant options.  Would you mind sharing with us some of those as well as your personal favorite entrees?

Carolyn:  Sure!


Come back tomorrow to find out what restaurants offer gluten-free options as well as Carolyn’s personal favorite menu items!


P.S. Curious to know more about living a gluten-free life?  Book your full or half-day ticket now to attend the Gluten Freedom Day in Rogers, Arkansas on July 23rdClick here for more information.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Why you need to know Carolyn Lynch McKinley.



Posted by Lyndi

Ever get the chance to meet someone and you just know it was destiny?

Well, I recently had that experience with Carolyn Lynch McKinley.

Recently I attended a social media event at the Rogers/Lowell Chamber of Commerce.  While there, I was told there was someone I “needed to know.”  Two people-introductions later, I found myself having coffee with Carolyn Lynch McKinley, the very women I “needed to know.”

Just who is Carolyn? 

Carolyn is the Chair of the Northwest Arkansas and Southeastern Missouri CSA Chapter 73.  CSA is a Celiac Support Group affiliated with the Celiac Sprue Association. She is also on the Governing Board of CSA and Member at Large for Region 2.  She is also a volunteer for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.   

While I do not have celiac disease, I do live a gluten-free life due to sensitivities.  And I am always curious to know more for myself and to share with others.  

Carolyn was sweet enough to let me interview her on three important topics:

1.    Carolyn’s involvement in the local celiac support group
2.    Walmart’s support of the celiac lifestyle by providing affordable gluten-free products
3.    Gluten-free restaurant dining in Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri

Today we will cover topic #1.

nwafoodie: First of all, tell me more about the local celiac support group.  What goes on in these meetings?

Carolyn:  It is a chance for attendees to talk about what is going on with their gluten-free journey.  We learn from each other.  It’s not just the gluten-free piece, it’s about the doctor’s experience they work through, the multitude of testings that lead to diagnosis, the length of time it took to discover the intolerance, vitamin deficiencies, and the overall emotional discovery.  Mostly it’s about the connection.

nwafoodie:  Tell me more about the connection.

Carolyn:  It’s the feeling when someone can say “Oh my gosh, I am not alone.”  It is a place of healing and motivation.  For someone new to the gluten-free lifestyle it’s sharing experiences and knowing other people had similar experiences such as their hair falling out, or how difficult it is to shop initially and learning how to prepare meals for their families.

nwafoodie:  What goes on in these meetings?  

Carolyn: Some people will bring something gluten-free they made.  There will be sharing of tips and tricks, Q&A, overall discussions about what’s going on.  Sometimes we will have guest speakers and sample new products.

nwafoodie:  When are these CSA meetings?  Is there a fee?

Carolyn:  Every third Saturday at 10 a.m.  We meet at the Mercy Hospital in the Education Room.  If someone is interested they can either email me at glutenfreefriends@yahoo.com or friend me on facebook to find out more.  There is no membership fee - joining is free.

nwafoodie:  How many people attend?

Carolyn:  We have 10-40 each month.  Over 100 people are in the distribution list.  It is a great resource for people to connect.  For example, Melanie Faught with R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids) is a member and she provides encouragement to those who have children with celiac.  Another great support is Connie Rieper-Estes who moderates the Northwest Arkansas Celiac yahoo group, an informal discussion group on the internet.

nwafoodie:  That’s so great.  Another thing that impresses me is your willingness to serve others with gluten intolerance by offering to take them shopping.  To actually go shopping with them!  That is so nice of you.  How does that work?

Carolyn:  I actually meet them at their local Walmart and we spend an hour shopping and talking through all the options that are available within the store.  The first time I meet someone at a store they are usually nervous and not sure what to expect.  That is why it is important to meet them where they typically shop, at their Walmart store.  My goal is to help someone feel empowered and by the end of the hour, it is great to see the light-switch go on that they can handle this themselves.  It is healing to see that empowerment!  And yes, sometimes I get “looks” in the store, like “what are they doing over there?”  But I find that the Walmart Store Associates are often eager to learn as well.  I average about three shop-a-longs a month but I stopped keeping track about thirty people ago. It is really rewarding.  All someone has to do is email me at glutenfreefriends@yahoo.com is if they are interested.

Nwafoodie:  Love that. This is exactly why I think so many people “need to know you,” too!  Your willingness to freely give of your time to help others in the shopping process is really unique.  The story WHY you are so driven to help others in this area is moving.  It is inspiring to hear you talk about your efforts to provide advice and support within Walmart’s home office when they developed the gluten-free section that provides an affordable solution for so many of us.  Can we talk more about that?

Carolyn:  Sure!

Carolyn provided support to help those who make merchandising decisions at Walmart by providing insights into products with tastings and recommendations, and simply being an insightful sounding board for the celiac lifestyle.

Come back tomorrow to hear the story how Walmart came to be gluten-free! 

P.S. Curious to know more about living a gluten-free life?  Book your full or half-day ticket now to attend the Gluten Freedom Day in Rogers, Arkansas on July 23rd.  Click here for more information.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

$15 penguin bill giveaway to Copeland’s of New Orleans in Rogers!




Posted by Lyndi

I often forget about Copeland’s of New Orleans Restaurant hanging out in Restaurant Row in Rogers.  While I pretty much avoid that area like the plague because there are so many look-alike/taste-alike restaurants, Copeland’s is unique enough to catch my attention.  It’s perfect for a lunch meeting, an after-movie dessert and coffee, or if you are hosting a large party and need a private room.  Theirs is a GREAT banquet room!

My husband and I grabbed a quick bite for lunch the other day at Copeland’s.  He ordered the Tomato Basil Chicken dish that is served with angel hair pasta tossed with plum tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil and a touch of garlic.  I stuck with a basic Blackened Chicken Skillet with vegetables on the side.  If I am feeling particularly decadent, I will throw all caution to the wind and go with the ultimate of comfort food:  Wood Grilled Chicken with Yams.  Same grilled chicken, only this time it is on top of mashed sweet potatoes, garnished with roasted pecan pieces and caramelized onions.  Oh wait, there’s more… it is drizzled with their homemade Worcestershire sauce and served with onion strings.  Sigh.  Release the endorphins.

Check out their entire menu, here.

I have a $15 penguin bill gift certificate to giveaway to Copeland’s, courtesy of my friend Dave with NWArestaurants.com!  NWArestaurants has crazy deals on featured restaurants that sell out fast.  Usually deals of 50% of gift certificates (aka “penguin bills”)!  Check out his website, twitter, or facebook page!   His site is great if you want to search for area restaurants and it has the ability to “filter” on key items, such as private rooms, gluten free, low carb, etc.  Check it out!


Prize:

1 lucky winner will receive a $15 penguin bill gift certificate to Copeland’s located in Rogers.  Contest ends Sunday, July 18th, at midnight.  I will pick a winner via randomizer on Monday the 19th.

Eligibility:

Leave me a comment using the comment form, below, preferably with your twitter or blog name to make it easy to contact you if you win.  

The comment is up to you:  What is your favorite menu item (if you have dined at Copeland’s before) OR which menu item you are most interested in trying (if you have never dined at Copeland’s before)!  I love hearing what you have to say!

Want one more chance to win?... let me know if you tweeted this contest to your friends and followers!

Tip:  If you enter using the Name/URL option, you can leave the URL blank.  The Blogger format can be a little confusing!   See the “How to leave a comment (please do!)” link at the top of this page for step-by-step instructions!

No purchase necessary to enter. Contest void where prohibited. Contest open to members who are 18 years or older. Contest open only to US residents only, although this one really makes sense if you are in Northwest Arkansas.

Copeland’s is located in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida.  In Rogers it is located at  463 N. 46th Street in the Scottsdale Center, close to Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  Hours are Mon-Thurs 1am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-3pm.

Good luck!  
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