Have a Meatball, Make a Difference! Buca is Partnering with Sofia Vergara to Support St Jude’s
Buca di Beppo will be donating $1 in Sofia Vergara’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital™ for any portion* of meatballs sold at participating locations through November 30, 2016.
St. Jude’s leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Their mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago, but St. Jude has pledged to not stop until no child dies from cancer. Founder Danny Thomas, believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life,” and that is why no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital goes to saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Help St. Jude’s go even further in conquering childhood cancer, one meatball at a time. For over twenty years ago, our meatballs have caused quite a commotion on account of both their impressive size and their spectacular taste. Our star-studded Meatball Gallery is full of local celebrities enjoying our famous half-pound meatballs with our homemade marinara sauce, but we know that thousands of families, just like yours, have also made memories while they’ve shared them. At Buca, family is behind everything we do and that is why we want to help the families affected by childhood cancers the best way we know how, through our signature meatballs. Join us at your local Buca for a heaping portion of Spaghetti with Meatballs or swing by to grab an order of meatballs to go. Together we can make a difference!
For more information about St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, visit stjude.org
* $1 donation for every Spaghetti with Meatballs (Buca Small® or Buca Large®) entrée, Mini Meatball appetizer or any side of meatballs (one or three) sold. Excludes Party Pans.
Planning a Halloween Party? Don’t Forget to Invite Buca!
As the end of October rolls around, adults and kids are focused on the fun of Halloween. Kids are dreaming about the sweet treats they will find in their bag after an evening of trick or treating and adults heading to a costume party might be wondering who will win the contests.
Trick or treating with little ones
When you are deciding on you and your family’s costumes, think about comfort and safety. Wear comfortable shoes and use reflective tape, glow sticks, and flashlights to be sure that your candy cruising crew will be well seen. Opt for face makeup, rather than masks for comfort and unobstructed views. In the days leading up to Halloween, discuss safety measures with your children, such as walking in well-lit areas, crossing the road, and watching for cars.
Hosting an adult costume party
You never outgrow the fun of Halloween! Many adults head off to adults only costume parties every Halloween (or say every year “we should really host one of those”). This year is the year to make it happen! Make sure you have plenty of decorations hung, games planned, and that everyone is safely driving home if cocktails are being consumed.
Ghosts and ghouls can’t live on candy alone
It doesn’t matter if your guests are little princesses or giant pirates, no party is complete without the right menu. Offer a variety of yummy options with easy and delicious Buca catering. A buffet full of Italian specialties will beckon your guests to grab whatever they like as they enjoy the party. A balanced meal will help prevent crazy blood sugar spikes and crashes from mini-candy binges in little ones and adults need to fuel up for their all night dance party! This Halloween, gather all your friends, family, and neighbors for a tasty treat before heading out to ring doorbells. With Buca catering or Buca To-Go, no one will have to make dinner and everyone can check out each other’s costumes before heading out to search for candy. This is also a great time to get some group pictures while everyone’s freshly attired and not yet running in all directions.
With a little planning this year can be the best Halloween ever. Let Buca take care of your pre-trick or treating meal or costume party buffet so everyone can focus on having a spooky, fun night together!
Get Deliciously Creative! Create Your Own Pasta to Celebrate World Pasta Month
October is one of our favorite months at Buca di Beppo because it’s World Pasta Month! Forget searching for recipes and shopping for ingredients only to be met with skeptical, turned up noses from everyone who has gathered at your table. For a sure-fire successful way to enjoy World Pasta Month, come to Buca. To celebrate, we are serving up multiple, mouthwatering made-to-order pasta dishes all month long. With “Create Your Own Pasta” everyone can have exactly what they want. Whether you want your tried and true favorite or you feel like mixing it up to try something new, your personalized pasta dish will be prepared by our master team of chefs using top of the line ingredients. Take the hassle out of tonight’s dinner menu, let the chefs at Buca prepare you a gourmet Italian meal, made to your exact preferences.
Begin by selecting your favorite style of pasta (spaghetti, linguine penne, rigatoni, or cavatappi) and a freshly made sauce (marinara, Alfredo, garlic olive oil, rosa, pesto, or meat sauce). Mix in color, texture, and crunch by adding up to three different market-fresh vegetables (diced Roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, artichokes, sautéed mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, green peas, or sliced red onions). Pick chicken, prosciutto, meatballs, spicy sausage, or mild sausage for your protein and then add a pinch or a handful of crushed red pepper and/or poached garlic and you’ve just created your custom Italian meal. With literally hundreds of combinations available, our “Create Your Own Pasta” celebration offers endless pastabilities!
Ditch that frustrating new recipe and enjoy a warm, delicious pasta dinner made specially for you. By letting Buca take care of dinner, you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying your satisfying meal and wonderful company. Our customized “Create Your Own Pasta” dishes are great for entertaining or sharing, making them perfect for a family dinner or date night. Whether you create a single dish to share or let everyone choose their own, our generous portions will feed everyone at your table and our affordable prices fit every budget. Plus, for the entire month of October, Buca is offering $5 off Buca Small and $10 off Buca Large “Create Your Own Pasta” dishes when you dine with us.
Take the stress out of dinner tonight and celebrate World Pasta Month with “Create Your Own Pasta” at Buca!
Don’t Wait! Start Planning Your Holiday Events with Buca Today!
Believe it or not, it is time to start planning your holiday events. From sit-down corporate holiday dinners to informal family gatherings, it’s never too early to start organizing all of the details. The size, complexity and type of celebration you are hosting will determine the amount of preparation necessary. For example, a family dinner for 10 people may only take a few hours to plan but a large scale company party will require several weeks. Give yourself ample time to put together the best holiday party this year, start your holiday planning today! Here are a few advantages to early holiday event planning:
Greater Turn Out Rate
The sooner you send out your invitations or “Save the Date” cards, the higher the probability that your guests will not already have another scheduled event. You should then send the official invitation with RSVP closer to the event date. Be sure the guest/spouse/significant other is included on the invitation.
Choice of the Best Venues
Early party planners have the best choices when it comes to selecting their venues, catering, and entertainment companies. The longer you wait to confirm your details, the less likely you will be able to put together the event experience you originally envisioned. No one wants to be stuck hosting their holiday party in the corporate office because all other possible venues were booked. Booking and planning before the holiday rush can also be a better financial choice, since prices often increase along with demand.
Choice of the Best Food
Corporate holiday events mean you need to show your team that you recognize and appreciate their hard work. Family holiday events are especially memorable as sometimes it is the only time of the year all family members are together. Both type of events require plentiful portions of food that everyone loves. So skip the stuffy steakhouses and the restaurant around the corner where everyone goes for lunch each week and choose a truly special menu. Buca di Beppo knows how to make every event feel special. From corporate party catering to warm family gatherings in our welcoming restaurants, Buca is the perfect choice for all of your holiday events.
Before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season sets in, call us to discuss all of your reservation and catering options. Are you wanting to celebrate at your home? We can’t wait to tell you about all of our amazing catering packages. Are you wanting to celebrate at a restaurant where you know the service will never disappoint? You know that our staff is here to serve. Wherever you choose to host your event, choose a team you can trust. At Buca di Beppo, we consistently provide delicious Italian dishes and truly care about your event. Don’t leave something as important as your holiday menu to chance! Contact us today!
A Holiday Everyone Can Agree On: National Pasta Day is October 17
A surge of Italian immigrants to North America in the late 19th century changed our nation’s diet, and now most Americans list “pasta” as one of their favorite foods. Initially prepared with a light toss of tomato sauce and oil, pasta dishes are now only limited by a chef’s creativity…and at Buca, our chefs are pretty creative! If you’re in the mood for a hearty pasta, try the Penne al Forno full of spicy Italian sausage, prosciutto, and pepperoni tossed with ricotta and our homemade marinara sauce, and finally, topped with provolone, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Maybe you want a little spice to warm your taste buds? Our Linguine Frutti di Mare is a spicy seafood lovers dream, with shrimp, baby clams, mussels and calamari in spicy red clam sauce. Looking for something lighter? Our Shrimp Florentine is the perfect mix of garlic shrimp, Roma tomatoes and spinach with linguine in garlic butter sauce. Maybe you (or a picky eater in your group) want to stick with the classics. Well, no one does Fettuccine Alfredo, Ravioli, or Spaghetti with Meatballs better than Buca!
Whether you prefer your pasta paired with olive oil, vegetables, cheese, fish or meat, at Buca you will find exactly what you are looking for. Our family-style dishes serve between two and five adults, making them perfect for sharing and sampling a variety of our signature creations. Know that whatever pasta dish you choose to treat yourself to on National Pasta Day, it will be cooked to perfection by our trained chefs and served to you by our attentive wait staff.
Psssst….don’t tell the kids but pasta doesn’t just taste good, it’s good for you, too! Full of vitamin B, folic acid, and niacin, pasta is also low on the glycemic index, meaning it is digested slower than most other carbohydrates, preventing blood sugar spikes and providing a steady supply of energy. Whole wheat pastas contain additional important minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, and manganese.
At Buca, pasta is our passion. Come to one of our restaurants on October 17 to celebrate National Pasta Day with us or carry-out an order and celebrate at home. Whatever your schedule, let our chefs prepare for you one (or a few) of our specialty or traditional pasta dishes. The only question you need to ask yourself is, “Should I try something new or stick with one of my Buca favorites?”
7 Signs You Have a Great Boss: National Boss’s Day October 17
National Boss’s Day is the perfect time to show your boss how much you appreciate their kindness and fairness throughout the year. You may overlook all that they do when you are focusing on your own job, so take a minute to consider all that they do for the company (and you!) every day. Here are 7 signs you have a great boss:
- Your boss sets clear expectations and doesn’t micromanage
A great boss identify priorities and discusses expected outcomes and results. The boss then entrusts the employee to execute the details and get the work done how they see fit, rather than telling the employee how to do it.
- Your boss gives immediate feedback and recognizes efforts
A great boss gives immediate feedback as to whether a worker has made a mistake or has succeeded, not months later at their performance assessment. Great bosses establish a coach-player relationship with their employees to offer advice, reinforce high quality performance, and make employees feel appreciated.
- Your boss appreciates each person’s skills and unique talents
A great boss observes and speaks with employees in order to take advantage of what each employee does best. Employees then feel confident about their work, skills, and talents and the boss is able to reap the rewards of employee satisfaction.
- Your boss is open, truthful, and not afraid of empowerment
A great boss is direct, but sensitive in their communication.They are not insecure about empowering their employees and they encourage employees to make positive changes within the company.
- Your boss is prepared to coach
A great boss educates, encourages, and leads their team by example, never assuming employees know what to do and how to do it. They know when it’s time to jump in from off the sidelines and coach their workers on how to do a particular job.
- Your boss knows their employees
A great boss is friendly, available and makes time for employees who want to speak to them. A great boss will also be open to learning about employees’ lives outside of the workplace. This is often helpful when an employee needs to make arrangements for time off, flex-time or a family emergency. Employees are more committed to their work when they have caring and interested bosses!
- Your boss works on being a better boss
Many bosses have a natural flair for leadership, but much of what it takes to be a great boss is the constant learning and developing of new and better management capabilities. Great bosses often attend classes and seminars and read books on how they can perform better in their role.
With all that your boss does for you and your co-workers every day, take some time to say “thank you” with Buca di Beppo. Bring your boss by one of our restaurants for a delicious lunch or dinner; gather your co-workers and organize a catered meal at the office, or surprise your boss with a Buca gift card. Show your boss that you appreciate all they do this Boss’s Day with Buca di Beppo!
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