NYE Party Hosting 101

 

This New Year is a big one - the turn of the decade!  Everyone wants to throw the best New Years Eve party to ring in the long-awaited year 2020.  For the last blog post of 2019, I am going to give you a few key tips to ensure that your New Years Eve party is one for the books.  Here’s how to make sure everyone is happy at your NYE celebration!

 

The Theme
  • Please, whatever you do, do not throw a Roaring Twenties themed New Years Eve party for 2020.  It was our prom theme, our homecoming theme, our birthday party themes, and yes, I even attended a wedding that looked like it came straight out of The Great Gatsby.  I think it’s safe to say, we have exhausted the roaring twenties theme.
  • Themes are fun, but so is just spending time with your favorite people over food and music and connection.  Don’t feel like your party needs a theme! As long as you nail the next tip, your party will ROCK.
The Food
  • One of the biggest struggles of party hosting is making sure everyone is fed and fed well.  Dietary restrictions, allergies, and the all-important factor of deliciousness make is nearly impossible to find a main course that fits everyone’s needs AND taste buds.  Well, Spinato’s has the solution!
  • PIZZA!!!  It’s a fact that everyone loves pizza.  Gluten-Free friends coming to your party?  Our Broccoli Crust Pizzas are totally gluten-free, and totally delicious, with vegetarian options toppings-wise as well.  What about your vegan neighbors coming over? Order our traditional Gluten-Free crust and substitute mozzarella for our vegan cheese (or go no cheese!) for the ultimate vegan pizza experience! 
The Ball Drop
  • The most important part of any New Years Eve celebration is the moment the ball drops and the new year begins.  This year’s ball drop is even more important because it will be the start of a whole new decade! So make sure to round everyone up and make the countdown big - there won’t be another one like it for another decade! 

 

I cannot tell you how fun it has been writing for you all every week since we began this blog in 2019.  As we welcome the turn of a new decade, blogs will no longer be a weekly occurrence, but instead will posted once a month!  We have so many fun things planned for 2020, we can’t wait for what’s in store! For the last time this year, thank you for joining me at The Spinato’s Family Table.  May your 2020 be filled with happiness. Alla Salute!

Winter Holidays

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  There are many different cultures and religions that have celebrations in the winter time - specifically the end of December!  This week, we will explore 3 of the more commonly celebrated holidays that fall in December, so you can celebrate with friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones who celebrate something different.

 

  • Hanukkah: December 22 - December 30
    • A Jewish Holiday, Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days at the end of December every year.  Also known as the Festival of Lights, a candle is lit on each day of the celebration and held in a menorah.  This tradition is to commemorate the re-dedication of the Jewish Temple to the Jewish god which had been stolen from them by oppressive royalty for generations prior. 
    • Traditions that go along with this holiday are foods cooked in oil (like latkes [potato pancakes]) to honor the oil that burned for eight days during the original re-dedication of the Jewish Temple, as well as traditional songs and games like dreidel. 

 

  • Christmas: December 25
    • The most common winter holiday in the U.S., Christmas celebrates the birth of the Christian savior, Jesus, who will later (according to Christianity) sacrifice himself to save humanity.  Adapted and altered to fit homes both secular and religious alike, the traditional root of the holiday is to celebrate the birth of the (at the time) “future savior.”  
    • Traditions like the decorated evergreen tree with a star atop, gift exchanging, and caroling have been adopted by non-religious holiday celebrators to make Christmas a “holiday for everyone.”  

 

  • Kwanzaa: December 26 - January 1
    • This seven day African holiday celebrates seven different facets of culture, one for each day: Unity, self-determination, collective work/responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.  The holiday is meant to strengthen the bonds between Africans across the continent, and has translated to mean the same for African Americans celebrating in the U.S.
    • 7 candles (red, green, and black), corn, a communal cup, and a flag of the colors are used in traditional celebrations.  Drumming, dancing, and community meals are traditions that happen in the Kwanzaa celebration.

 

I hope you learned something interesting about a winter holiday that you don’t celebrate, or saw some representation for your winter holiday.  Let us know what you celebrated or learned about this winter on all social platforms @spinatospizza . As always, thank you for joining us at The Spinato’s Family Table. Alla Salute!

Winter Break 2019

 

It’s that time of the year that just doesn’t slow down! There’s so much going on right now between your regular work days, kids are out of school, vacations, holidays, family gatherings, ahh! It’s not the easiest thing to stay on top of every aspect of the season, but I am here to tell you that we are all going to make it just like we do every year. So take a deep breath, get comfy, and take a few minutes to read about how to keep your family fed and entertained through all the hustle and bustle of winter time.

 

Kids are back home for the holidays and school is out. That means they’re home. All. The. Time. We love it! But how do you keep those growing tummies fed and happy? With the great news that you don’t have to cook every night - Spinato’s has food for everyone at your table, whether it be a large pizza for the family, or individual plates of pastas, sandwiches, and salads. Come in and relax at a Spinato’s location and let us serve you, or take it home/get it delivered and let the feast happen at home. Trust me, everyone wins this way.

 

Leftovers! Everyone knows that pizza makes the best leftovers in the world. Kill two birds with one stone and get dinner for tonight that doubles as lunch for tomorrow! That’s two meals that you don’t have to cook. Are you liking where I’m going with this? 

 

Spinato’s Broccoli Crust Pizzas are a must. Gluten-free, loaded with vitamins and protein, these frozen pizzas will satisfy any pizza-lovers craving. Pick up a few of these on your next grocery trip to Fry’s, Sprout’s, Safeway, or Albertson’s and pop them in the oven for a healthy and delicious meal to serve your family. 

 

Keeping kids fed, happy, and healthy is a balancing act at it’s finest. Spinato’s has your back. Let us be a part of your family’s holiday celebrations this year. We can’t wait to see you soon. As always, thanks so much for joining us at The Spinato’s Family Table. Alla Salute! 

Why You should Join the Family

 

You might wonder why all Spinato’s restaurants as well as our Headquarters and Fine Foods retail division are closed today. December 9th doesn’t ring a bell for any national holidays, and I can’t imagine why a business would sacrifice a full day of operations during this pizza season! Spinato’s closes all of their doors - even the offices that keep everything running behind the scenes - one day every December for our Company Christmas Party! This is just one of the many perks of being a part of the Spinato’s family. In the spirit of the season, I’m going to highlight my top 3 perks of working at Spinato’s! But trust me, there are wayyy more than just 3.

      1. Company Christmas Party (and other holidays off)

There is a list of holidays that all of Spinato’s closes. These include national and bank holidays, as well as adjusted hours or days off for other common holidays. Extending this perk to our offices as well, our team members are always able to spend the holidays with their loved ones without the conflict of work in the way. In addition, every year the company throws a Christmas Party! Stores and HQ are closed that day and we all get together and celebrate the year and each other with awards, prizes, and connection over food, drinks, and fun! Paid for by the business so no cost to team members, Spinato’s truly puts people and connection first.

      2. Family Meal

TWICE a day Everyday in the restaurants, and every Wednesday for lunch in the offices, team members get Family Meal. Pizzas, pastas, salads - whatever you want! It may not seem like a huge thing, but trust me, in the service industry, a “lunch break” is a myth and a legend. But when we are provided with a meal every shift (remember, we get these twice a day so every shift gets fresh food!) right there in the back for us, it’s easy to stay nourished, energized, and HAPPY! It also gives us yet another chance to connect on a regular basis over great food with our coworkers.

      3.  Dress “Code”

Or lackthereof. In the restaurants, team members wear a denim or Spinato’s shirt, and jeans - no holes. That’s it! That’s the dress code! Any color jeans you want, any style of denim shirt you want. Name tags, aprons, and non-slips are a must of course, but employees are not restricted by a confined set of rules for dress - Hair colors, tattoos, piercings? Go for it! You are free to be you at Spinato’s. This goes for our offices too! You don’t have to be business formal every day. Jeans and a T-shirt gets the job done just as well. 

 

These are just 3 of the dozens of perks of being a part of the Spinato family that resonate with me in particular. Being able to grow into myself as I grow in the company at the same time has been invaluable. Join the Family! Click on the top of the page where it says Join the Family and see if Spinato’s is the place for you. As always, thanks for joining us at The Spinato’s Family Table. Alla Salute!  

December is here! There are so many celebrations this month, and Spinato’s is here to help you stay on top of quality time with loved ones, AND all of the gift giving this season! Spinato’s is always the perfect environment to spend time with friends and family over great food and awesome service - take a break from all the cooking, take the family to Spinato’s, and make some memories together. Running out of gift ideas or need some inspiration? Spinato’s has your back here, too! This month, Spinato’s has some awesome promotions going on that you definitely want to get in on. So you don’t miss a beat, here are a few Spinato’s Stocking Stuffers that you can pick up at any Spinato’s location:

 

  • 2 for $10 Jars of Spinato’s Sauce - For the rest of the month of December, you can get two jars of our delicious, homemade sauces for only $10 - that’s BOGO FREE!!! Choose any combination of Marinara, Tomato & Basil, or Vodka Cream to take home for holiday cooking, or as gifts! Trust me, a sauce this delicious deserves to be wrapped in bows. Pair with your favorite raw pasta to be the best gift-giver this year! 
    • No purchase limit
    • While supplies last
  • Gift Card BuyBack - Also for the rest of the month of December, for every $25 in gift cards you purchase, we will throw in a jar of sauce for FREE!!! Now you don’t have to worry about if a gift card alone is enough - pair it with your free thrown in jar of sauce, and now your gift is impossible to beat! 
    • Every $25 in gift cards = 1 free jar of sauce
      • Ex: $50 gift card purchase = 2 free jars of sauce
  • E-club Exclusive Rewards - If you’re not signed up for our Secret Sauce Society (Spinato’s monthly newsletter), do you even Spinato’s? Our e-mailed newsletters include updates on our restaurants, events, promotions, and special coupons, discounts, and deals that are available for e-club members ONLY! So, if you haven’t already, I reeeeaalllyy encourage you to sign up soon - you won’t want to miss this month’s!  

 

As you can see, Spinato’s is a great place not only for quality time over great food, but also for grabbing some great gifts for your loved ones. We hope to see you at any of our 5 valley locations soon! As always, thanks for joining us at The Spinato’s Family Table. Alla Salute!

Spinato’s Thankful List 

 

As Thanksgiving commences this week, it’s important to take some time to slow down, be still, and reflect. The hustle and bustle of the holidays tends to get to us, make us frantic and anxious so that we can hardly enjoy this special time with loved ones. In order to avoid this, I thought it would be valuable to put the question in my coworkers’ heads: What are you thankful for this holiday season? I encourage you to do the same with yourself and your families as the holidays roll in. To help inspire you, I compiled an array of things that we at Spinato’s are thankful for.

 

  • Ken Spinato (the man, the myth, the legend himself): This year, Ken is thankful for having God in his life, as well as being surrounded by his family. Ken is especially grateful for his legacy through his business here in Arizona, watching it grow stronger and touch more lives every year.

 

  • Michaela in Marketing: As all the hustle and bustle of the year comes to an end, Michaela is thankful for having a loving and healthy family, and a solid roof over all of their heads - that’s what makes it all worth it!

 

  • Natalie in Exec: Across the hall, Natalie is grateful for having health for her and her family, as well as a home to share with her loved ones. 

 

  • Amanda in SFF: As 2020 approaches, Amanda is thankful for her mistakes, as she has and is continuously learning from them.

 

  • Veronica in Marketing: This year, Veronica is thankful for all of her loved ones and the support she’s had this year, as well as Werther’s Original caramels - she loves those little guys!

 

  • Chris in SFF: Chris is thankful for a year void of sickness and pain - he’s been a healthy guy this year! He is also grateful for all of the wonderful people in his life.

 

I hope this list brought you a little inspiration and got you in the holiday mood as the season turns the corner. Take some time to enjoy special moments with loved ones this week. As always, thanks so much for joining us at The Spinato’s Family Table. And from all of us at Spinato’s, Happy Thanksgiving! Alla Salute!

Thanksgiving Meals for People who Hate Turkey

 

The time continues to fly by as Thanksgiving is turning the corner of next week. Preparations are in motion and the holiday cheer is starting to ring! It’s time to finalize those shopping lists and gear up to hit the stores, because everybody is coming over and they are coming hungry. This week we are going to highlight some key menu items that you MUST have in your Thanksgiving spread for people who hate turkey - or at least the vegetarians, vegans, or other dietary restrictions at your table.

 

The Classics

Mashed Potatoes - sans the gravy

  • Instead of a meaty gravy, sub out for a creamy garlic butter or add your favorite vegan gravy to your table - just keep them separate from the potatoes to protect your friends!

Sweet Potatoes/Yams

  • Avoid using flour or sub for rice flour to keep these bad boys gluten-free for your celiac guests

Acorn Squash

  • These are fabulous to not only look at, but delicious and super fall vegetables! Great for our vegetarian friends (vegans too if we keep butter and other animal products away from it) and extra tasty with some brown sugar on top

Pumpkin Pie

  • Who says dessert can’t be before dinner?

 

The Show Stoppers - How to incorporate Spinato’s to your spread

Broccoli Crust Pizzas! 

  • Throw a Margherita or Mediterranean Supreme on the table to wow your guests! But be warned - they will probably ask you to host again next year!

Spinato’s Sauces 

  • Vodka Cream, Marinara, and Tomato Basil (which are 2 for $10 at all locations right now!) are the perfect toppings for pastas, bases for pizzas and sandwiches, or dipping sauces. Homemade taste that’s perfect for Thanksgiving.

 

I hope that one of these menu items inspired your spread to be inclusive of those with dietary restrictions so that the whole table to eat and connect together on this special holiday. Please tag us and send us any photos of how you enjoy our pizzas and sauces. As always, thanks so much for joining us at The Spinato’s Family Table. Alla Salute!

4 Simple but Meaningful ways to Honor Veterans

 

Happy Veterans Day from all of us at Spinato’s! Since our Blog Monday happened to fall on a very special holiday, of course we will be spending this week’s post talking about veterans! Making a point to honor, recognize, and thank the brave men and women who have served our country is important to the whole Family, and we want to use our platform to help spread that energy. 

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Are you grateful for our veterans, but just don’t know how to show it? Well, I’m going to give you 4 simple but meaningful ways to honor our veterans and show gratitude that you can practice this Veterans Day.

  1. Act of Kindness

If you are out and about and notice a veteran, think about extending an act of kindness toward them in honor of their service. This could be as simple as holding the door, wishing them a Happy Veterans Day and thanking them, or paying it forward! For example, you could buy a veteran their coffee in line, or buy the next person in line their drink in honor of Veterans Day (people love a pay-it-forward chain).

  1. National Two Minutes of Silence

This tradition is something I believe has become lost on the general population after primary education. Every November 11th at 11am, the entire nation is invited to join together in a two-minute period of silence to remember and honor those who have served. Keeping this tradition alive and beating is a wonderful way to show appreciation for our veterans on this day.

  1. Use your Channel to Thank/Honor Veterans

Wherever your voice is heard, use that channel to show gratitude to veterans. If you are a painter or photographer, paint or shoot a veteran-honoring piece. If you are a business owner or manager, implement a special discount or deal for veterans on their special day. Or, if you write blogs for the best Pizzeria in the world, write a blog about honoring veterans! 

  1. Make it Personal with Veterans you Know

On this Veterans Day, take some time to reach out to any veterans you know and express your gratitude in whatever way you see fit. Gifts and care packages are never a bad idea, but something small and simple is also meaningful. A simple phone call, text, or social media post goes a long way. 

 

I hope that you take one or more of these ideas into consideration while you are enjoying your Veterans Day. And to all my Veteran readers: Thank you. It’s always a pleasure having you all at The Spinato’s Family Table. Alla Salute! 

 

Starting your Holiday Checklist Early 

I don’t know how it happened, but guys… it’s November. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that these past couple months - almost the whole year, really! - have really flown by. November and December are filled with holidays, celebrations, birthdays, family gatherings, harvests/solstices, and a whole lot of FOOD! The time for preparations is now, and let me tell you something… I am not ready! So, in the spirit of all things Holiday, I’ve decided that there will be no man left behind this season! This week, we are going to create a Holiday Checklist to keep you organized and prepared for this tumultuous end-of-the-year craziness! 

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November Checklist

  • Thanksgiving, Harvests, other celebrations
    • Date and Time
    • Guest List
    • Agenda (general)
      • If you’re throwing a big party or have lots of people and activities to manage, creating a general agenda will help keep you focused, organized, and totally prepared
    • Menu
      • From this you can easily generate your grocery list
        • Pro Tip: Make every gathering a potluck! The more food or materials others bring, the less you have to buy, prepare, or stress about! 
    • Miscellaneous Shopping
      • Decorations
      • Accommodations for any overnight guests
      • Holidays Presents for December (thinking ahead here!)

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December Checklist 

  • Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, other celebrations
    • Dates and Times
    • Guest List
    • Agenda
    • Menu - grocery list
      • Don’t be afraid to steer away from the traditional menu this year - it is 2019 after all! 
      • Prepare for leftovers
    • Decorations
    • Gifts 
  • New Years Eve (if I make it this far!)
    • Don’t throw the party this year
    • Enjoy someone else’s New Years Eve Celebration
    • Or stay home and have a self-care night. You deserve it! 

 

This is the checklist that I came up with for my November and December Celebrations. I hope this helps you guys stay organized and have a stress-free holiday season. I’m excited to continue talking about all the As always, thanks for joining us at The Spinato’s Family Table! Alla Salute!

October Fun a Few Days More

 

October has been filled with so much fun, news, and accomplishments, it’s been challenging to keep track of it all! But, before the month is over, we want to recap and remind us all of this eventful month so that you all can take advantage of some special opportunities! November and December are sneaking up on us, so let’s enjoy the last few days of October together the Spinato’s way.

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Join us at one of our 5 valley locations this week to take advantage of two very cool limited time offers we have been hosting all month long. For dinner, grab the family a couple of Broccoli Crust Pizzas any way you like! Gluten-free, guilt-free, and straight up delicious! Trust me, everyone at your table will be able to enjoy these pies! 

For dessert, you can satisfy your sweet tooth AND give back to the community by ordering some pink cannolis! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have turned all our cannolis pink and we are donating $1 for every single cannoli sold all month long to our local charity, Don’t be a Chump, check for a Lump. 

You can enjoy a well-rounded meal that leaves your tummy and your heart satisfied with friends and family - in stores, pick-up, and delivery! Take advantage of these special dishes before the month is out!

 

Phew. I’m glad I told you about all that before October ends so you don’t miss out! Now, let’s take a quick look at some things we’ve accomplished! We are so excited and want to share them with you! 

We were at the Women’s Expo this month and let me tell you - it was amazing! Not to brag or anything, but we were definitely one of the most popular booths of the weekend! Who can say no gluten-free guilt-free delicious PIZZA?! Needless to say, we made lots of new friends and had so many fun conversations about our Broccoli Crust Pizzas! Thanks to everyone who helped out that weekend - it was a success! 

And my favorite piece of news I saved for last. This one really warms my heart. From September, we raised and donated $11.500 for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital thanks to all of you!!! That is something truly incredible. Together, we really made a difference. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you from the Spinato’s Family. 

We always love sharing with you here at The Spinato’s Family Table. Until next time, Alla Salute!