Wednesday, January 29, 2014

National Pancake Day is March 4

Get ready. Get Set. And…go to IHOP® restaurants on National Pancake Day, March 4, to enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes—and help raise money for charity!

IHOP restaurants, offering “everything you love about breakfastSM,” will again serve up free short stacks of its famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, March 4, 2014, and after eight years of success, and over $13 million dollars raised in the United States, the family-friendly restaurant chain will expand the program into Canada, Puerto Rico and offer a similar fundraising effort in Mexico for the first time. IHOP hopes to raise more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities this year.

More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants in the United States, including, for the first time, Canada and Puerto Rico, will be participating in the 15 hours of pancake delight on National Pancake Day, when millions of free pancakes will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In exchange for the free short stacks, customers are encouraged to leave a voluntary donation in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities. In Mexico, IHOP restaurants will offer a stack of two buttermilk pancakes for the radically reduced price of 29 pesos with that money being donated to Asociación Mexicana de Ayuda a Niños con Cáncer, (AMANC) that provides accommodations and resources to children undergoing treatment for cancer and their families.

“Our guests, our franchisees, their team members, and all of us at IHOP- look forward to National Pancake Day every year. Knowing that every free stack of buttermilk pancakes has the potential to improve the lives of the children in their own community makes serving them and eating them even more enjoyable than usual,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, International House of Pancakes, LLC and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. “I’m especially proud that what started as a grass roots effort in a few IHOP markets nine years ago has now grown into a significant and truly international event. This year, with the continued generosity of our guests across three countries, we will be able to support wonderful charities like Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and AMANC to save and improve the lives of many children in the communities we serve.”

Beginning February 1 through National Pancake Day on March 4, participating IHOP locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico will also sell “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each to benefit the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. All icon proceeds will help provide life-saving care, equipment and programs at 145 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Miracle Balloons, another way for guests to get involved in helping IHOP restaurants meet their fundraising goal, will be displayed throughout the restaurants. Customers who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 off coupon that can be used during their next dining visit.

For more information on National Pancake Day or to learn more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make a donation, please visit

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cincinnati Bonefish Grill to Debut Innovative Cocktail in Glass Made Entirely of Ice

In anticipation of the last breeze of winter air, James Beard-recognized mixologist Charlotte Voisey has mixed up a Cold Snap Cosmo served in a glass made of ice. Yes, completely made of ice.

Best handled with a mitten, this perfect combination of sweet and delicious features small-batch Icelandic Reyka vodka, Solerno – a blood orange liquor – and fresh blood orange juice. The two-time Golden Spirit Award winner crafted this cocktail to please the most discerning of drinkers.

Specific molds were created to construct the glass and will be exclusively available at Bonefish Grill restaurants nationwide beginning March 4 through the end of April.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Eddie Merlot’s Unveils Beef and Burgundy Menu

Eddie Merlot’s (10808 Montgomery Rd.; 513.489.1212), the premier steakhouse offering exceptional prime-aged beef, fresh seafood, and an extensive collection of wines, is launching a menu of hearty dishes perfect for the colder months ahead. From now through Sunday, February 9, guests of Eddie Merlot’s can enjoy a number of wine-centric offerings as part of restaurant group’s Beef and Burgundy menu.

The specialty selections from Corporate Executive Chef Anthony Dee use the aromatic varietal as an ingredient in a number of classic dishes from Steak au Poivre to Winemaker’s Steak, which are not normally found on the menu. Oenophiles can also complement their meal with a pour of Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune, available by the glass ($13) and by the bottle ($49).

“Our Beef and Burgundy menu celebrates two Eddie Merlot’s favorites: a great cut of steak and great glass of red wine,” says Dee. “We’re able to utilize classic cooking techniques to create a menu that features some very rich and intense flavors. The combination of the meat and wine is especially comforting in the colder months when guests are looking for dishes that are reminiscent of slow cooked meals and a warm kitchen.”

Served a la carte, the Beef and Burgundy menu features:

Beef Bourguignon ($24)
Tender beef short ribs simmered with roasted mushrooms, onions, and Burgundy wine

Steak au Poivre ($39)
New York strip steak encrusted with peppercorns, flashed in cognac, and finished with demi-glace

Steak Diane ($32)
Twin filets sautéed with roasted mushrooms and herbed demi-glace

Veal Chop Dijonnaise ($37)
Grilled veal chop simmered in a Dijon mustard sauce with onions and roasted mushrooms

Winemaker’s Steak ($32)
Twin filet medallions with prosciutto, mushrooms and shallots in a Burgundy pan sauce