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!
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!
Pack a Basketful of Buca: Labor Day Picnics
This three day weekend celebrates the American worker (yay!) and unofficially marks the end to summer (boo!) There’s lots more to cheer about: NCAA teams’ first games, the NASCAR Southern 500, and the NHRA U.S. Nationals all occur on Labor Day weekend. It’s also the perfect time to get in a final summer party or picnic.
Be sure your picnic has the three American classics: salads, macaroni, and chicken…with an Italian flair! Our Chopped Antipasti Salad is a delicious combination of pepperoni, red onions, pepperoncini peppers, cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, black and green olives, provolone, feta, and Gorgonzola. Our Apple Gorgonzola Salad is a mouthwatering mix of Granny Smith apples, spiced walnuts, dried cranberries and Gorgonzola. Each salad features mixed lettuce and is tossed in our signature Italian vinaigrette. Our Macaroni and Cheese (cavatappi in a creamy cheese sauce) will delight even the pickiest of eaters and our Macaroni Rosa is a slightly more sophisticated version of the favorite. Not your traditional macaroni, this entree features cavatappi spiral pasta topped with chicken, broccoli, peas, mushrooms and our famous red sauce. Speaking of chicken, why have cold fried chicken when you can have dreamy Chicken Parmigiana (topped with our homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella), Chicken Marsala (simmered with mushrooms in a traditional Marsala wine reduction), Chicken Limone (sauteed in lemon butter sauce and capers) and Chicken Saltimbocca (topped with prosciutto and sage, served with artichoke hearts, lemon, capers and lemon butter sauce)?
Feature a variety of Italian favorites for a truly memorable party or picnic. When you choose Buca, you know you are going to get great food that everyone will love. Our Celebration Packages feature a mixed green or Caesar salad, fresh made house bread, and a wide selection of entrees or you can create your own combinations from our catering menu. A single full-size Party Pan serves 20 adults and we can also provide beverages and desserts. With hundreds of delicious options, you simply choose your menu and we take care of the rest!
Invite Buca to your Labor Day parties and picnics and we will bring your catering order to any park, backyard, or outdoor venue within 10 miles of one of our local restaurants. (Check store locations for specific details.) We will also provide napkins, plates, and utensils so you don’t have to worry about forgetting any details for your family or guests. This Labor Day weekend spend more time enjoying your parties and picnics and less time planning and preparing the menu. For an easy, successful party or picnic packed full of delicious favorites, call or order Buca online today!
Treat Yourself to Magical, Mouthwatering Layers – National Lasagna Day is July 29th
Culinary historians know that noodles have been enjoyed for at least 4,000 years, but there is some disagreement about where the first pasta dish originated. The first lasagna recipe appears in The Liber de Coquina (The Book of Cooking/Cookery), one of the oldest medieval cookbooks, but many theories exist on how this layered dish came to be named. One theory is that lasagna came to Italy from Greece. The term “lasagna” may derive from the Greek word “lasana” which means a trivet or a pot, or from the word “laganon” meaning a wide and flat sheet of pasta dough cut into strips. Lasagna may also be an Italian adaptation of a 14th-century British recipe, Loseyn, which layered ingredients between pasta sheets. The delicious oven baked casserole that we love today originated in Northern Italy sometime in the late 1500s after Christopher Columbus sent tomatoes to Europe from the New World. Italian immigrants brought their traditional recipes with them when they came to America, but the popularity of the lasagna among non-Italians soared in the 1950s, when soldiers returned from WWII craving for the foods they had eaten while stationed in Italy.
Most commonly featuring layers of lasagna noodles, tomato sauce, and cheese, and flavored with wine, garlic, onion, and oregano, lasagna is one of America’s most loved Italian dishes. There are dozens of different variations with additions such as meats, seafood, vegetables, ragùs, and Béchamel sauces to suit every taste bud. Lasagna is the ultimate comfort food. A big pan of lasagna takes time to create and bake but will have your mouth watering the entire time it bubbles in your oven. The only down side to National Lasagna Day is that it is smack dab in the middle of a sweltering summer month and that means that cooking a pan of lasagna might not rank high on your list of dishes to cook in a hot and humid kitchen. That’s when you turn to your favorite Italian restaurant, Buca! Come to one of our restaurants to enjoy our super special lasagna recipe featuring towering layers of meat sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, provolone, and Parmesan in one of our cool (and cooled) dining rooms. We can also cater your event with party pans of lasagna! Or you can pick up a party pan to take to your home or event.
Whether you don’t have the time to create your own lasagna or it’s just too hot to bake in your kitchen, let Buca help you celebrate National Lasagna Day! The official day is Friday, July 29th, but we’re celebrating all week long from Monday, July 25th through Sunday, July 31st!
We Want You to Celebrate Your Birthday with Us! We’ll Even Supply the Cake!
Egyptian pharaohs were the first to celebrate birthdays, and Greeks added candles to cakes, but everyone knows it’s the Italians who really know how to celebrate! At Buca di Beppo we know that no matter your age, what everyone really wants on their birthdays is to enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by friends and family….and CAKE! This summer we are making birthday meals at Buca even more special by offering a free birthday cake to parties of four or more when a reservation is made from our website!
From tables or booths to semi-private dining rooms, Buca can accommodate birthday parties of any size. Guests of all ages will enjoy our eclectic atmosphere and friendly staff, and the food is as exciting as the surroundings! Our servers will cater to your every need and our chefs will prepare exquisite appetizers, entrees, and desserts for your special celebration. Allow our bartenders to suggest a bottle of wine from our wine list or mix a special cocktail just for you and your party. We cater to multiple dietary restrictions, so don’t worry about accommodating guests who are gluten-free, vegetarian, or lactose-intolerant. Our extensive menu guarantees that everyone is sure to find the perfect selection. Buca’s diverse menu has something for everyone from crunchy Apple Gorgonzola Salad and Bruschetta to fresh baked Supremo Italiano pizzas and Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken. Our infamously massive meatballs make for a fun birthday dinner addition and our plentiful family-style servings ensure that no one will go home hungry. Of course, you can’t leave a birthday dinner without getting dessert. We always offer a delicious dessert selection, but for a limited time an online reservation for parties of 4 or more will receive a special gift from us, a FREE birthday cake!*
Has your significant other or a close friend offered to plan your birthday dinner? Tell them that you want reservations at Buca. If someone hasn’t planned your celebratory meal yet, don’t rely on them and don’t wait until the last minute. Hop online and make your birthday reservation at Buca. After celebrating with us, your guests are all going to say that they want to celebrate their next birthday at Buca, too!
*Our birthday cake offer is for a limited time only, so be sure to make your birthday reservation through our website today!
Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Feast
Each June we honor Dads with their own special day to show them how thankful we are for all that they do and have done for us. These amazing men have taught us everything from the intricacies of kite flying, to how to throw the perfect spiral, to the importance of knowing how to change a flat tire. Every year you try to decide the best way to reward him for everything he’s done for you and your family and nothing ever seems right. This year, if another tie or “World’s Best Dad” T-shirt just won’t do, bring Dad to Buca for a Father’s Day feast! Our friendly staff will make him feel like royalty and our heaping portions will feed his king-sized appetite. Does Dad like hearty pasta dishes or authentic oven-baked, bubbling pizzas? Is he a fan of crisp, garden fresh salads and succulent seafood? What about massive half-pound meatballs? No matter what he chooses from our diverse menu, his authentic Italian dish will be prepared fresh with the finest ingredients by the best chefs. He’ll see so many items he loves on the menu that he won’t know which to pick. Thank goodness he will have his family there to share and sample his specially chosen variety of selections.
Do something different and memorable for Dad this year. Show him how much you love him this Father’s Day by making a reservation online or by calling your local Buca di Beppo restaurant today! Come in and let us treat Dad and your family to a delicious meal while you laugh and share some stories. Let him tell you (again) about the fish that got away and that senior prank that didn’t go so well. Reminisce about your perfect first home run and your not so perfect first crush. Reflect and be thankful for the memories and tell him how much he means to you. While he may have loved a tie, he’s sure to love special time spent with his favorite people much more.
As an added treat or if you aren’t able to spend Father’s Day with any of the special Dads in your life, a Buca gift card is always appreciated and will never go unused and forgotten in the back of the closet…which can’t be said about the previous years’ ties and T-shirts. Buca gift cards will let Dad grab a taste of Buca whenever he has a craving for tasty Italian dishes and when he uses it, he’ll think of you and remember that you’re his favorite!
When an Apple Just Won’t Do: Celebrate Your Teacher ALL Month Long!
Eleanor Roosevelt first persuaded Congress in 1953 to proclaim a National Teacher Day, which they did….in 1980. The National Education Association then observed Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.
Teachers touch the lives of millions of children and their families. These kind, patient, hard-working, and dedicated professionals share their knowledge and mold their students every day. They are able to assess and educate each student according to a variety of needs and circumstances. They usually work with more than 20 students in each class and have a whole new set of students rotate through each year. Their workweek averages 52 hours with 30 hours on instruction and 22 hours spent grading and organizing lessons. Their work and impact also extends beyond the boundaries of the classroom. They boost confidence, lend an ear or a hand when needed, and give large amounts of their personal time and supplies to ensure their students are cared for and prepared.
How can we thank these people who give so much? Show your appreciation and recognize the teachers in your life for their passion for education and the contribution they make to countless lives. Say “thank you” to a single special teacher or an entire school. A great way to let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do, is to provide a special catered lunch from Buca di Beppo. We’ll even do all the work! Besides supplying the most mouth-watering, plate scraping, delicious Italian favorites, we’ll also bring the plates, utensils, and napkins. No organizing and deciding who will bring what, we’ve got it all taken care of!
Another option is our gift cards and e-gift cards. These come in values starting at $10 and go up to $200 with no expiration dates or service fees. Grab a bunch and hand them out to all of your favorite teachers or coordinate with classmates to get a higher value gift card. The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day “as day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives”. With all that they do, be sure to show your favorite teachers how much you care with a gift of Buca! We are celebrating ALL month!
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