Brace Yourself for Black Friday with These Dos and Don’ts
Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season but Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season. After the leftovers are packed away and the last dish is washed, thoughts quickly turn from stuffing to shopping. This year is predicted to be bigger than ever, with the National Retail Federation expecting holiday sales to increase 3.7% over last year’s, making the total a whopping $630.7 billion spent by consumers! For less stress and more fun while out shopping this Black Friday, here are a few dos and don’ts:
- Pick up a newspaper the Sunday before Thanksgiving to check out the hottest items at each store.
- Look for coupons and compare price match policies before you head out. Know what qualifies and bring those Sunday flyers with you as proof of the competing price to be matched.
- Make a list and stick to it. It will be easy to be swayed by in-store advertisements, other shoppers, and general excitement. You are less likely to blow your budget if you spend some time planning before you get to the stores.
- Consider which in-store specials are truly worth standing in line for. Some items such as clothing may be marked down further online on Cyber Monday. Also, toys are usually cheapest during the first two weeks of December.
- Have a plan and map it out. Traffic will already be heavy, so figure out the easiest route for you to take that will include all the stores you want to visit.
- Be prepared. Have a full phone battery, phone charger, water, snacks, and comfortable shoes, as well as appropriate outer wear if you plan on standing outside before store openings.
- Consider how you will get your goods home. Some stores offer free shipping online which can save you from trying to fit a large object into your vehicle.
- Increased traffic and decreased parking spaces are easier to conquer as a team.
- Don’t rely solely on the flyers in the paper. There are multiple websites that have the scoop on unadvertised specials. Research deal aggregator sites and check out your favorite stores’ and products’ social media sites.
- Don’t carry your giant everyday purse. Consider a cross body bag with necessities only. You will be thankful when you are carrying your purchases to not have the added weight.
- Don’t bring young children. Their patience will wear out and that means yours will too.
- Don’t be rude to fellow shoppers and clerks.
- Don’t forget to secure your purchases. If you are planning on storing items in your car between stores, do not leave in plain sight for thieves. Bring a large blanket to cover bigger items and store smaller items under seats.
- Don’t forget to treat yourself. Whether it’s a fancy coffee or a gorgeous pair of gloves, budget a little something for yourself.
Be sure that Buca di Beppo is a part of your shopping crew’s Black Friday. Whether you are refueling before you head back out for more deals or have shopped until you’ve dropped, let us restore you with a delicious meal. Relax, laugh over your day, and high-five each other on your purchases, while we take care of the meal….and the dishes!
Caring for Your Out of Town Guests This Thanksgiving
Holidays mean out of town guests, which can lead to a lot of logistics surrounding who is staying where. Whether it is your grandchildren, friends, or third cousins, if your situation permits, you may be opening up your home to guests this Thanksgiving. A little advanced planning will help you and your house guests feel the most comfortable. Discuss daily plans and sleeping arrangements with them before they arrive so they will know what to expect during their visit.
If your guests are arriving to your home on their own and have not visited you before, email and text your address and phone number a few days beforehand. If you are picking up your guests, be sure to have their travel itinerary (with train / flight numbers) a few days before their arrival.
Be sure your guests’ bed is outfitted with freshly laundered sheets and pillowcases, and a nice pillow or two. A bedside light for reading will make a room feel more welcoming and a small vase with flowers is a nice touch. Store extra blankets in the closet and make a space for your guests to hang some of their clothes or consider purchasing a garment rack. If you have a dresser in your guest bedroom, clear a drawer or two so your guests aren’t living entirely out of their suitcases. You may want to consider a leaving a short list with information such as your wi-fi password, household quirks (the shower handles are backward) and rules (no smoking. don’t let the cat out.) If they will be coming and going from your home without you, provide them with a spare key so they can lock up when they leave and aren’t relying on you to let them in.
Stock your guest bathroom with plenty of clean towels, toilet paper, and shower necessities. A basket filled with small-sized toiletries is often appreciated by guests who may have forgotten something.
Stock your refrigerator with beverages and your pantry with snacks. Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on your kitchen counter and make things easy to find, such as a basket with granola bars for the early risers. Put coffee cups by the coffee maker as well as setting out some plates, bowls, and utensils.
Check your local websites, newspaper and magazines for upcoming events and leave these in your guests’ room so they can browse them as well. Decide ahead of time what each day will entail in regards to outings and entertainment. You may be interested in doing everything together for their entire stay or you may be otherwise occupied and want your guests to have all the information necessary to plan their own outing.
A major point that needs consideration for you and your guests is food. An easy solution to this necessary part of your plan is to bring your guests to Buca di Beppo. Whether you are looking for a great place to gather when your hungry guests arrive after their travels, a meeting place for everyone after their Black Friday shopping, or a delicious traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, Buca di Beppo will make you and your guests feel right at home.
How to Host a Perfect Holiday Party
The end of the calendar year brings lots of holidays and celebrations. Hosting the perfect holiday party requires some pre-planning and a festive outlook. First, you need to decide when you want to have your party. Choose a date that works for key guests. Everyone is very busy at this time of year and it is inevitable that someone will be unable to attend. You can’t accommodate everyone’s schedules so focus on a few that are absolutely vital to your gathering. Next, send out your invitations. Whether you choose online or traditional paper invitations isn’t as important as the fact that you actually send them out. They allow your guests a reference point as the party approaches to verify times, address, and attire, also the RSVPs will determine your menu planning.
If you will be hosting your holiday party at your home, you can begin preparing your space a few days before the event. Clean your house, rearrange your furniture, and establish an area for guests’ coats. You may want to make a playlist featuring a mix of holiday classics and current favorites. Prepare your powder room with extra hand towels, tissues, and a scented candle. Begin emptying your ice maker basket into clean plastic bags and storing in your freezer or designate someone to pick up a few bags from the store immediately before the party begins.
The day of your party you can set up your beverage area. Don’t try to offer every spirit and spend your whole evening playing bartender. Have a signature drink for your guests such as a sparkling punch. This paired with beer, wine, bottled water, and sodas will accommodate everyone’s drink wishes. Have nuts placed throughout the party area and set out plates, silverware, napkins, and glasses near where your food will be. Also have serving bowls, platters, and serving utensils ready for your dishes and anything your guests bring. Just before your guests are set to arrive: light your candles, dim your lights, and put on some music.
Offer appetizers to hold your guests over before the meal is ready. Serving a meal buffet style generally works best and is most comfortable for guests. If you aren’t sure what sort of a menu you should have, let Buca di Beppo help. Our half and full Party Pans and Celebration Packages offer everything you need; from salads and appetizers, to entrees and desserts.
If you want to have a holiday party but your place is too small or the thought of having everyone in your home stresses you out, host your event at a favorite venue. Buca di Beppo’s dining and banquet rooms are a perfect gathering place for your holiday party. You and your guests will enjoy delicious Italian specialties and receive attentive service from our knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Start a New Tradition This Thanksgiving: Let Buca di Beppo Cater Your Meal
The fourth Thursday in November is cherished as a day for gathering with your family and friends. Too often the joy of this day is overshadowed by the pressure to cook a massive meal for your guests. While some people love being in the kitchen, making an elaborate meal, some people dread the idea. Maybe you don’t have the space for more than one chef in your kitchen. Maybe you don’t want multiple well-meaning guests asking you where your mixers or utensils are. Maybe you don’t want your mother-in-law constantly inquiring about the status of the turkey and offering her suggestions of how she would have done it differently. Maybe you simply want to spend more time with your guests. Whatever your reason, it’s no wonder that thoughts about Thanksgiving meals can cause a lot of stress. The traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings requires a lot of time, energy, and organization beforehand as well as on the day of celebration. The combination of planning your menu, purchasing ingredients, prepping casseroles, the logistics of cooking multiple dishes at varying temperatures, the pressure to perfectly present an ideal bird, and the endless cleanup, add up and become enormously time consuming. Even if you try the “pot luck” option and everyone agrees to bring a dish, that calls for organization, planning, and preparation by a hostess as well as each person individually.
This year vow to give yourself more time to spend with your family and friends by letting us take the work out of your Thanksgiving meal. From starters and salads to main courses and desserts, Buca di Beppo will provide delicious Italian specialties for your Thanksgiving so you can focus on entertaining your guests. We can even accommodate every guests’ specific dietary needs, from vegetarian, vegan, low fat, to gluten-free.
Check out our menu and place your order by giving us a call or filling out our online order form. We can even help you plan the perfect menu to feed your family and friends. Whether you’re feeding a dozen people or a hundred, no gathering is too big or too small.
After considering the time, effort, and expense spent preparing a giant meal for your guests, the budget-friendly options at Buca di Beppo make more sense. Why be stressed or exhausted? You should enjoying your day with your guests, not sweating and stressing about the details of your Thanksgiving meal. Start a new tradition this year with a family feast from Buca di Beppo. Everyone will love our delicious food and no one will need to run around town looking for an ingredient, bump into a fellow chef in a hot kitchen, or wake up before sunrise to start cooking. Let us take care of your Thanksgiving meal this year so that you can put the focus where it should be….on your family and friends.
Traditional Turkey Meets Italian Classics: Thanksgiving at Buca di Beppo
Stop stressing and forget about preparing a giant meal for everyone this Thanksgiving. With out of town houseguests, kids home from college, and extended family all wanting to come to your house for Thanksgiving visits, it’s enough to make even the most calm home cook a bit anxious. So why worry about doing it all yourself? Come to Buca di Beppo and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner without any of the work. Each Turkey Feast is served family style and feeds six adults. Enjoy sliced white meat turkey, home-style gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, all starting at $19 per person!*
Whether you like to have an early meal (we open at 11 a.m.) after you’ve watched the parade and want to get back home for some football, or like a late meal before heading out to the Black Friday sales, we can get your family fed and probably send you all home with leftovers. We can accommodate just about any size group of guests that you would like to gather and share a Thanksgiving meal with. No doubt your group is sure to love our restaurant’s atmosphere and our staff will take special care of each and every person in your party. This Thanksgiving, rather than waiting on all your guests yourself, let us wait on them and take care of you, too.
Our traditional Italian offerings are all available Thanksgiving Day as well. From our appetizers to our desserts, each item is prepared using fresh ingredients and served family style, guaranteeing that no one will walk away hungry. Try a seafood appetizer platter before your Turkey Feast or order all your favorite classic pizzas, pastas, and entrees. No matter the combination everyone will be sure to be pleased. Plus, our hot, fresh bread will have you wondering why you ever thought those canned rolls were a good idea in the first place.
Thanksgiving is definitely about food, but it is also about family. This year, instead of spending the day away from your family in a hot kitchen, spend more time with them and let Buca di Beppo take care of your Thanksgiving meal. Just think: no running around town with a grocery list, no endless preparations of a full menu, and no dishes!
Space fills up quickly so don’t delay. Make your reservation today for spending Thanksgiving with Buca di Beppo. Everyone will be so glad you did!
*When a Buca Large Thanksgiving Feast is shared by six people. Pricing subject to change and may vary by location.
Trick or Treating Tips to Make This Year’s Halloween the Best Ever
The end of October brings around a very exciting night for most kids—Halloween! We want all of our little ghosts and goblins to be safe and have fun so here are a few trick or treating tips:
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- Plan a route in advance. Consider the age of your children so you don’t end up far from home when your littlest one gets tired and doesn’t want to walk anymore.
- Review road safety. Only cross at corners or in crosswalks, and obey traffic signals. Never dart out into the street and always be watching for cars.
- Wear comfortable shoes. This goes for parents and youngsters. Many a princess has had to be carried by her prince (dad) due to the desire to wear uncomfortable dress shoes.
- Be well seen. Reflective tape, glow sticks, and flashlights will help your ghouls see as well as be seen.
- Ditch the masks. Face makeup is much more comfortable than a mask and children’s views are not obstructed.
- Remember manners. Remind your little devils to say “thank-you” or ask “how many?” before digging into a candy bowl.
- Enter homes only with a trusted adult. Some neighborhoods have “haunted” houses set up or small buffets, be sure to discuss in advance what you will do if you are invited into someone’s home who is doing this.
- Check your child’s candy. While safety is your number one concern here, you’re also on the look-out for your favorite mini candy bar…you know the one that’s going to “disappear” when your little monster falls asleep.
- Fill everyone’s tummy with something yummy before heading out. A balanced meal featuring protein and fiber will help prevent crazy blood sugar spikes and crashes from mini-candy binges.
A great Halloween idea is to get a group together to eat before everyone heads out in search of candy. Swing by Buca di Beppo and grab some Buca To-Go because everyone can agree that kids (and parents) love pasta! No one will have to cook and instead you can concentrate on making sure that Cleopatra’s eyeliner is perfect or perform the last minute modifications to your little vampire’s cape. Everyone can eat together and show off their costumes before deciding which doorbell they want to ring first. This is also a great time to get some group pictures while everyone’s freshly attired and not yet running in all directions.
Popular hours for trick or treating generally range from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and are often posted in local newspapers or on neighborhood websites. Depending on the size of your group, decide to all leave and return at the same time or divide up based on age groups. Have the little ones head out early so they can be home near their regular bedtimes and let the older kids go together with a designated parent who will stay out later.
With a little planning this year can be the best Halloween ever. Let Buca take care of your pre-trick or treating meal so everyone can focus on having a spooky, fun night together!
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Invite Buca to Your Holiday Luncheon
As 2015 draws to a close, it is time to celebrate your staff. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year everyone begins to feel a bit stressed, both personally and professionally. Family obligations mixed with end of year work projects can make even the most selfless person want a little recognition. Holiday luncheons allow you and your staff to celebrate the year’s individual and company successes as a team.
Regardless of the size of your organization, employees appreciate the ability to bond over their organization’s accomplishments. Everyone likes to know where the organization stands, what it has achieved this year, and how they contributed to that success. Give a short speech and invite others to say a few words about their departments or projects, then hand out awards, draw for raffles, and announce door prizes. Team building activities and friendly competitions can also add a light-hearted air to the afternoon.
Luncheons are the most common type of holiday party because they generally take place during regular work hours and are celebrated at the workplace. No travel or transportation logistics need to be arranged, but that doesn’t mean that it’s just another day at the office! Entertainers, DJs, or motivational speakers would add a fun element to your party. Decorate and maybe even consider a theme. Depending on the size of your workplace, designate a single buffet area for all the food, or if space allows, set up multiple stations (salad bar, dessert bar) to allow mixing and mingling.
If you’d like to change it up a bit, choose a community service project for your employees to do together. Whether assembling care packages in your office or spending the day on location, offer a catered holiday meal to keep your team fueled up for their project.
This year, ditch the traditional office potluck. Shopping for, preparing, and transporting a dish to the office means more work for everyone in their already busy schedules. Let Buca cater your luncheon and know that everyone will be delighted by all the delicious dishes we offer. Multiple dietary options are available, including vegetarian and gluten-free, insuring no one is left out of the festivity. From a variety of salads and entrees to desserts and drinks, we can take care of everything. We even provide all the necessary additions such as plates, silverware, and napkins.
Start planning your holiday luncheon now by deciding a date and sending out informal email invitations to your employees. RSVPs can be requested but generally a majority of your staff will be able to attend since the event is being held during their normal work hours. Clients and spouses aren’t usually invited to holiday luncheons but you may want to consider this gesture and be sure to specify exactly who is invited on the invitations.
Don’t forget to invite Buca! A catered lunch from Buca is a wonderful way to show your staff how much they mean to you and the company. Equipped with a date and number of attendees, your local Buca restaurant will work with you to coordinate and plan the perfect holiday luncheon that your staff will remember well into the New Year.
We Love Pasta So Much That We’re Giving It Away: Come to Buca October 25 to Celebrate World Pasta Day
Pasta is loved across the globe, so much that in 1995, the World Pasta Congress declared World Pasta Day. This year, to celebrate Buca di Beppo will be giving away a 1 pound bag of pasta and a coupon good for a future visit to all of our guests on October 25 Our World Pasta Day Giveaway is a one day only event so mark your calendars and plan to join us!
At Buca, pasta is our passion. Come in and let our chefs prepare for you one of our specialty or traditional pasta dishes. Feeling adventurous and want to try something new? Our Spicy Chicken Rigatoni pairs chicken breast with garlic, crushed red pepper, and peas in a spicy rosa sauce. Want to stick to the classics? Our Fettuccine Alfredo or Spaghetti with Meatballs will never disappoint. No matter what you choose, it will be cooked to perfection and served to you by our attentive wait staff.
Celebrate later around your home table by serving our pasta gift as a side dish or a main. Make it your own with olive oil, garlic, tomato, and hot pepper flakes. Pump up the protein with some beans or meat for a richer flavor. Add bright vegetables and fresh herbs like basil and parsley. Make a tried and true family favorite, toss up a simple pesto, or top with a thick, chunky sauce. Make it light and fresh or creamy and cheesy. Whatever you choose, we want you to carry our restaurants’ fun, festive environment into your own kitchen.
Besides being delicious, pasta possesses a variety of nutritional benefits. The starchy carbohydrate contains minerals and vitamins, such as vitamin B, which includes folic acid and niacin. Protein and cholesterol levels range between pastas. Pasta made with eggs contains twice as much protein as pasta made without eggs, but pasta made without eggs contains no cholesterol. Since whole grains have been proven to be beneficial in the fight against heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, whole grain pasta is a delicious way to add more whole grains to your diet. Whole wheat pastas contain additional important minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, and manganese. 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 supplies of energy.
A surge of Italian immigrants to North America in the late 19th century changed our nation’s diet, but pasta is now a staple in most American kitchens and restaurants. Whether paired with olive oil, vegetables, fish, cheese, or meat, pasta is embraced for its versatility, availability, and affordability. This pantry necessity is incorporated into soups, lasagnas, baked dishes, and salads. While initially simply tossed with tomato sauce and oil, pasta dishes are now only limited by a chef’s creativity. So come to Buca to experience our chefs’ masterpieces and then test out your own talent at home with our complimentary 1 pound bag of pasta to celebrate World Pasta Day. One day only—October 25
Dynamite Date Night Ideas
Whether it’s your first date or you two are trying to think of something new, everyone could use a hand when it comes to thinking up date night ideas. Break out of your comfort zones and give something new a try. We have a few suggestions that are guaranteed to be memorable.
Get active! Take a dance class and practice your teamwork skills on the dance floor. Buy a day pass and try the newest workout club. Sign up for a 5K and make a training schedule together. Take a stroll through the neighborhood or local park, or head to a state park for a more intense hike. Head to a nearby lake and rent a canoe or a kayak. If it’s a breezy day, go fly a kite. Lace up some skates at the roller rink. Physical activity is great for increasing your emotional bond.
Catch a show! Try something beyond the local movie theater. Laugh and tap your feet at a comedy or a jazz clubs. Experience the limits of the human body and voice at a ballet or opera performance. These are also great “last minute” options since often there are often discounted tickets online.
Take a tour! Breweries, wineries, and distilleries frequently offer tours to teach patrons about the production process and to sample the results. Most tourist attractions such as museums, aquariums, and zoos have guided tours that will teach even the most knowledgeable guest some new information. Both experts and novices can come away from a tour with a new appreciation of a process, technique, or artist.
Take a class! Whether you are looking for multiple classes or a single experience, learning something together takes the pressure off having to maintain a constant conversation but gives you each something exciting to talk about after the class. Together you can learn photography, how to play guitar, or a new language. If you are looking for a single, practical lesson, your local home improvement center offers lots of free classes most weekends. Discussing and practicing what you’ve learned together will continue your connection beyond the initial lesson.
Go for the classic! Dinner and a movie is a classic for a reason…because everyone loves it! Italian cuisine is always the top choice for a dinner date and here at Buca we will make your night extra special. Visit us before or after you catch the latest big screen release to share a romantic meal.
If you want to try a slight variation on “the classic” date, have a picnic. Pick up a few Buca selections to-go and enjoy them before an outdoor performance or while watching the sun set. Another option is to pick up your Buca treats and spend the night in with a movie marathon, playing board games, or binging on your favorite television shows.
No matter what you decide to do on your next date, let Buca be a part of it. Choose to have our wait staff and chefs prepare your dinner while you relax at our restaurant or take your meals to another fun location, either way, a delicious Buca meal is the perfect addition to any date.
Dining In or Taking Out – Feed Four for $40 at Buca
Spending less than $40 at a restaurant (or even at the grocery store!) is easier said than done. Especially when you’ve got a family of four to feed. At many sit-down Italian joints, $40 is really only enough for a meal for two. Thanks to a rather spectacular deal we’ve got going on now at Buca, however, you and three others can enjoy an authentic, family-style Italian dinner with bread, salad and a delicious pasta dish for just $40 total!
As you may already know, our menu items are meant to be shared among dining companions. As such, most everything we serve comes in two sizes – the Buca Small that feeds about two or the Buca Large that feeds four. Just to be clear, when we say that you get bread, salad and pasta with this $40 deal, we mean you get the Buca Large versions. Two large appetizers and a large entrée for $10 a head in a fun, eclectic setting… seriously, bring your appetites! With an irresistible bread bowl and a zesty salad at your table, having entrée leftovers in the end is definitely within the realm of possibility.
Using this limited-time Buca di Beppo coupon is easy…
Start with garlic bread.
No Italian meal is complete without carbs – and lots of ‘em! Garlic bread is an ideal accompaniment to everything on our menu. Our recipe consists of a fresh Italian loaf brushed with garlic-infused olive oil, then baked with Parmesan cheese and additional garlic pieces for extra zing!
Then choose your salad.
For veggie lovers, the Buca Insalate is the best part of the meal. You’ll have to decide between our Mixed Green Salad or our much beloved Caesar mix. A Large Mixed Green (regular $20.99) comes topped with red onions, pepperoncini peppers and Kalamata and green olives and our flavorful Italian vinaigrette. The Caesar salad (regularly $22.99) comes with all the typical Caesar fixings – parmesan, romaine hearts, croutons and a creamy dressing.
Finally, choose a traditional pasta.
Our pastas make us who we are at Buca di Beppo. It’s hard to imagine we’d have a four-person meal deal without them! You’ll get to choose one of the following five traditional Italian pasta dishes: Spaghetti Marinara, Spaghetti with meat sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo, Baked Ziti OR Ravioli al Pomodro (all regularly about $30). We make the sauces for all of these entrées from scratch in our kitchens and the taste is pretty special. Even without bread or salad, one of these entrées alone can be a great meal!
In the end, when you take advantage of this 4 for $40 Buca di Beppo dine-in or take-out coupon, you and your friends or family will receive almost $60 worth of food. Deal ends September 27, 2015 – don’t miss it!
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