April is Smooch Your Pooch month! We’re kicking it off with a DFW Humane Society fundraiser.

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Order pizza, salad, breadsticks and more from any i Fratelli Pizza location on Monday, April 2, mention DFW Humane Society, and we’ll donate 15% of your purchase total to help save abandoned dogs and cats.  DFW Humane Society is a no-kill shelter dedicated to giving homeless and unwanted pets a second chance in life through adoption.

Smooch Your Pooch is here!  Every Wednesday in April, stop in any i Fratelli Pizza with your dog to pick up a free LARGE cheese pizza!
No dog? Bring your significant other pet. To prove that said dog or significant other pet is truly yours, you may be required to kiss that animal on the lips!

One pizza per dog and master pair, one visit per Wednesday. Promotion offered to first 50 dogs arriving between 11 am and 10 pm (walk-up customers only) at any i Fratelli Pizza location, each Wednesday of April 2012.  i Fratelli Pizza Flower Mound opens at 4 pm. Sorry, offer not valid at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar.

http://www.dfwhumane.com/AboutUs.shtml

Support these Organizations on Monday, March 26

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Place an order on Monday, March 26 from your neighborhood i Fratelli Pizza and mention the organization of the week to help that organization receive 15% of your purchase total!

Valley Ranch, Las Colinas & Coppell

Water is Basic-Irving Bible Church

Water is Basic exists to put clean, safe water within access of every person in the Republic of South Sudan.  Our organization is an outreach of Irving Bible Church.

Most of the 10 million people living in South Sudan have no access to clean water, resulting in millions of individuals contracting parasites and painful diseases which can result in death.  Every $150 raised will give safe, clean water to 100 people for 20 years!

http://www.waterisbasic.org/home/

Plano West

Berry Family

100% of the funds raised will be donated to the Berry Family Children’s Trust in Houston, TX.  On July 3rd, 2011, while returning from an annual family road trip in Colorado back to their home in Houston, Texas, the Berry Family found themselves victims of a horrific and tragic fatal car accident. Their minivan, carrying parents Joshua and Robin Berry and their children Peter age 9, Aaron age 8, and Willa age 6, was hit head on by another vehicle that had crossed into their lane of traffic. The parents, Joshua and Robin Berry, were tragically killed leaving their 3 children behind. While the children did survive the crash, both boys sustained serious spinal cord injuries and they are both paralyzed below the waist.

There is a significant need to raise funds to aid the children’s ongoing needs, including medical rehabilitation, physical therapy, psychological support and education.

The Berry Family 5K is being hosted in Plano on March 24.

http://berryfamily5k.org/

Flower Mound

Flower Mound High School Rosettes

Funds will help pay for costumes and out-of-state trip expenses for the 2012-2013 school year.

http://fmhsrosettes.com/

Grapevine & Southlake

GCISD Early Childhood Development Center

Funds will be used to purchase new playground balls and items to promote outdoor activity.

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/489

Uptown & Park Cities

Community Partners of Dallas

Community Partners of Dallas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring safety and restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.

Community Partners of Dallas served more than 16,000 children last year through six unique programs:

  • Rainbow Room, an emergency resource center providing critically-needed items for children in the care of CPS
  • Kids in Crisis, provides funds for children’s clothing, transportation, therapy, enrichment activities, housing and medical expenses
  • Adopt-A-Caseworker, connects individuals and businesses with CPS caseworkers to help them meet the needs of clients
  • The Heart Program, an internationally-recognized program that provides therapeutic group treatment to victims of sexual-abuse and their non-offending family members
  • Caseworker Appreciation, events that are held to show appreciation and gratitude to caseworkers
  • StoryLine, (214) 446-2222, a phone line that children can call 24 hours a day to hear a story

http://www.cpdtx.org/

 

Community Partners of Dallas Rainbow Room

 

High Schoolers, Aggie Moms, and Bulldogs!

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Pizza DoughNation sponsored organizations for Monday, March 19:

Individuals who place an order on Monday, March 19 from their neighborhood i Fratelli Pizza and mention the organization of the week will help that organization receive 15% of the purchase total.

Valley Ranch and Las Colinas

StoneGate Christian Academy

Support StoneGate with funds to help pay for our gym rental fees.

Plano West

Frisco Cares

The Frisco Cares Children’s Clinic was established in 2005 in order to address the growing healthcare needs of uninsured children in Frisco and surrounding communities.  The children’s clinic has since expanded to serve adults.  Today, Frisco Cares has 20 volunteer medical professionals, over 40 volunteer nurses, and over 75 non-medical volunteers who are dedicated to helping those in need.  Each year volunteers provide thousands of hours of service.  It is our mission to provide the highest-quality, most cost-efficient health and wellness care to the underserved in our community.

http://www.friscocares.com/

Flower Mound

Flower Mound High School JROTC

Support our students as they learn how to be productive members of their community.  Funds help sponsor leadership camps and drill competitions.

Grapevine

Trinity High School GAP Club

Our club sponsors the Euless Animal Shelter, and funds raised will be used for vaccinations and our spay/neuter project for shelter pets.  Since our girls’ club has been working with the shelter, the euthanasia rate has been cut 80%.  We hold two pet fairs a year at Trinity High School including low-cost vaccinations and microchipping.  We visit the shelter once a week to give vaccinations, walk the dogs, and take pictures to update information on petfinder and other adoption websites.

See how the GAP Club makes a difference for THS girls and their community:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcWqhc3a1Ow

Coppell

Coppell Aggie Moms

Our group contributes funds to student organizations at Texas A&M University.

Southlake, Uptown, Park Cities

Lone Star Bulldog Club Rescue

Funds will provide ongoing support of bulldog rescues in the metroplex, including vet bills and general supplies.

http://www.dfwbulldogrescue.org/

 

Support the Bath House Cultural Center (and more) March 12

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Pizza patrons who place an order on Monday, March 12 from their neighborhood i Fratelli and mention the organization of the week will help that organization receive 15% of the purchase total.

 

Valley Ranch and Las Colinas

Boy Scout Troop 175 of Irving

Troop 175, Irving’s oldest Boy Scout troop, is celebrating our 50th anniversary this year.  We are raising funds to buy a new trailer and camping supplies so our scouts can continue to enjoy the outdoor adventures that make scouting great!

 

Flower Mound

Marcus Color Guard

Marcus Color Guard is part of the State Champion Marcus Marching Band.  We are raising funds for our April trip to Winter Guard International to compete there for the first time in five years.

 

Coppell

Coppell Lacrosse Association

DoughNation funds will support recruitment and training of new players, payment of tournament fees, referee fees, and field usage fees.

 

Uptown and Park Cities

Friends of the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake

Friends flock to order i Fratelli Pizza for the Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake

The Friends are raising funds for renovations and improvements to the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake, a landmark Art Deco building.  The BHCC is a neighborhood cultural center which celebrates the diversity of local theater companies and artists.  The Bath House serves children, seniors, and the community at large.  Built in 1930, the BHCC is in need of upgrades and renovation.  Help us preserve this valuable historic asset to White Rock Lake and the City of Dallas.

Pizza For a Cause! Monday, March 5

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On March 5,  your i Fratelli pizza is more than delicious…its purchase will support local organizations.  Congratulations to our recent top earners:  Brother Bill’s Helping Hand with a $109.17 doughnation and Colleyville Heritage High School Marching Band with a $75.41 doughnation.  Nominate your organization today by clicking the tab to the right of this post.

Pizza DoughNation sponsored organizations for Monday, March 5:

Pizza patrons who order Monday, March 5 from their neighborhood i Fratelli Pizza and mention the organization of the week will be contributing to a sales total of which 15% will be donated back to the organization! 

Valley Ranch and Las Colinas

MacArthur High School Fire Truck Crew

 

Mac Fire Truck Crew

 

Coppell

Lakeside Elementary and PTO

Your pizza purchase will help us make school improvements and invest in new technology.

Grapevine and Southlake

Colleyville Heritage High School Baseball

Help us succeed with funds which will be put to good use in the purchase of equipment and financial support for athletes.

Uptown and Park Cities

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority seeks doughnations for the funding and development of our volunteer support organization.  Money will be used to recruit and train new volunteers and to operate and repair the vintage trolleys in Uptown.  Our volunteers donate their time and talents to make Uptown a unique and fun destination!

Pizza DoughNation Organizations for Monday, February 27

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DoughNations have been pouring in from local lovers of i Fratelli pizza.  Congratulations Colleyville Heritage High School Marching Band and Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, our top earners so far in February.

Keep reading for our sponsored organizations for this coming Monday.  Pizza for a Cause tastes even better!  But don’t just take our word for it…

Individuals who place an order on Monday, February 27 from their neighborhood i Fratelli Pizza and mention the organization of the week will help that organization receive 15% of the purchase total.

Valley Ranch and Las Colinas

Woodhaven Presbyterian Youth Group

DoughNations will be used solely for the youth of Woodhaven Presbyterian Church for the purpose of benefitting kids of all ages who participate in summer camps and conferences.

Coppell

Taylor’s Gift Foundation

The mission of Taylor’s Gift Foundation is to increase organ donation to regift life, renew health, and restore families.

http://taylorsgift.org/

Grapevine and Southlake

Grapevine High School Project Graduation

Project graduation is an all-night, alcohol-and-drug-free celebration exclusively for graduating seniors of GHS.  It is held at Main Event and is supported by parent volunteers and the community.

Uptown and Park Cities

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Funds will be used to pay for programs which support research, care of patients with CF, and education.

http://www.cff.org/chapters/netx/

Pizza DoughNation Nominations 2/20/2012

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Pizza DoughNation sponsored organizations for Monday, February 20

Individuals who place an order on Monday, February 20 from their neighborhood i Fratelli Pizza and mention the organization of the week will help that organization receive 15% of the purchase total.

Valley Ranch and Las Colinas

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Sarah Francis is embarking on a one-day, 100-mile cycle ride around Lake Tahoe to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fund blood cancer research.

Team in Training is a program that combines training for different endurance events with fundraising and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  With Team in Training you don’t just learn to ride a bike or run a marathon, you find inspiration and motivation from the people who have lived or are living with blood cancers. LLS is an amazing support for families who are having to deal with this terrible disease and they are also making great strides to hopefully soon find a cure for blood cancers. 

 The money raised by the North Texas chapter of LLS partially goes to families and patients in the DFW metroplex who might need financial assistance for their treatment and the other part to help fund different researchers throughout the world.

http://pages.teamintraining.org/ntx/ambbr12/sfrancis

Sarah at the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon last June.

Coppell

Coppell Family YMCA

Funds will support the annual Partners Campaign which provides scholarships for lower-income youth, teens, adults and seniors to participate in YMCA programs and activities.  Last year, the Y gave over $235,000 to Coppell families who wouldn’t have been able to afford after-school child care, swimming lessons, team sports fees, summer camp, and many other opportunities.

http://www.coppellymca.org/index.cfm?FuseAction=Page&PageID=1000049

Grapevine and Southlake

Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE)

Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange (GRACE) is a Grapevine, Texas based non-profit relief agency which provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and other vital necessities to people who are struggling with a limited income or recent emergency. The philosophy of GRACE is that encouraging self-sufficiency will, in turn, encourage community cohesiveness. Compassion and assistance are offered as a response to God’s grace by local churches in partnership with municipalities, businesses, civic organizations, and individuals.

http://www.gracegrapevine.org/

Uptown and Park Cities

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand brings not just a legacy of 70 years of service to West Dallas, but hope for a better life to the more than 25,000 people living in the 75212 zip code.  As a faith-based nonprofit that hope comes in the form of Education, Health, and Essentials of Life programs.  Partnering caring volunteers with neighbors in need brings nourishment of the mind, body, and soul to all involved.

http://www.bbhh.org/

Plano West

Dalmatian Rescue of North Texas

Dalmatian Rescue of North Texas is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to rescue abandoned and stray Dalmatians from shelters and pounds.  We find good homes for these animals after they have received any necessary health care.  It costs between $250 to $550 to rescue a Dalmatian.  Be a pal, help us save a Dal!

http://www.dalpal.com/adopt/maverick.html

Maverick needs a loving home!

Pizza DoughNation Nominees week of 2/6

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Congratulations to the following organizations as they have  been chosen to participate in i Fratelli Pizza DoughNation program.

Valley Ranch and Las Colinas: Irving Symphony League

Funds to provide scholarships for students majoring in the arts and to support the symphony by providing volunteers, hospitality, and promotion.

Plano West: Mitzvah Mavens

Mitzvah Mavens uses funds to buy yarn, crochet hooks, and ribbon to keep their needles clicking!  They make handmade items for babies, lap robes for the elderly, items for troops, and healing shawls and chemo hats for cancer patients.  Help Mitzvah Mavens provide comfort for our community.

Grapevine: Colleyville Heritage High School Marching Band

School funding has been cut, and the band needs assistance purchasing copyrighted  music, paying contest fees, transporting students and instruments, and replacing uniforms.  Any help is appreciated!

Southlake: GCS Moms’ League benefitting Christ’s Haven for Children

GCS Mom’s League is a local organization for stay-at-home mothers and fathers.  They have adopted Christ’s Haven for Children in Keller as their charity focus this year.  Christ’s Haven is a private foster care facility (with no government funding) which was founded in 1954.  Donations defray the costs of providing a loving family environment to foster children.

Flower Mound: Kingdom Come Partners

Kingdom Come Partners is organizing a medical mission to India.  Funds will provide medicine and eyeglasses to the needy and support a private orphanage and safe house for women.  The mission trip is scheduled for March 9.

Uptown and Park Cities: Friends of White Rock Lake Dog Park

White Rock Lake Dog Park was the first-ever legal off-leash dog park in North Texas.  Established over ten years ago, the park continues to be a great success.  The Friends of White Rock Lake Dog Park are seeking funds to make improvements including greater access for individuals with restricted mobility.

Coppell: Cottonwood Creek Elementary Kindergarten

Funds raised would support updated technology in the kindergarten classrooms.

Please help these organizations spread the word of their fundraiser via email blasts, Facebook posts, tweets, flyers, announcements, meetings, word-of-mouth, etc.  The more promotion…the bigger the check.  Be a top earning group and i Fratelli plans to partner with you again and again.

Individuals who place an order on Monday, February 13 from their neighborhood i Fratelli Pizza and mention the organization of the week will help that organization receive 15% of the purchase total. The sales will be tallied and a check will be provided soon after the fundraiser.

We are working to ensure that every organization nominated has the opportunity to participate.  Stay tuned for more details.

Thank you for all your support,

Your friends at i Fratelli Pizza.

 

Tips for hosting the perfect party for The Big Game

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Are you ready for some football?  If your answer is yes, then you’ve come to the right place. If your answer is not, then you’re also in the right place.  i Fratelli has a few easy and simple ideas to help make your watching party a complete success.

THE SPACE
Organize your party space in a way that allows for comfortable viewing and easy access to snacks and drinks. Make sure that there are enough chairs for 90% of your party.  This will force the remaining 10% to stand and converse near the food and drink table.  This will prevent your party from appearing stale.

Place the major food dishes in a central or common area that can be accessed from all angles. If you are serving sodas and other drinks, keep the coolers outside to keep your space clutter-free. Place snack items in smaller dishes on coffee and side tables for easy access.

THE FOOD MENU
Make sure to place your i Fratelli pizza order early so the food is ready by kick-off. Keep in mind that most deliveries will take longer than normal on The Big Game day. Our signature pizzas are always a crowd favorite, plus they make the perfect finger-food for parties. Should you run out of munchies too soon, no worries!  Order a large pizza after half-time and we’ll throw in a large cheese pizza for free. We know that an empty food and snack table during The Big Game is not good, so we’ve gotcha covered.

Other ideas to consider to compliment an i Fratelli pizza:

Spicy Popcorn (compliments of Rachael Ray)
Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup popping corn kernels

2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

Directions:

Heat oil in deep pot over medium high heat.
Add corn.
Cover pot and pop the corn, shaking pan often.
Remove from heat.
Drizzle with melted butter.
Combine spices in a small dish and sprinkle the blend over hot corn. Serve.

Fried Pickles (compliments of Rachael Ray)
Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
4 large eggs
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 16 ounce jar  bread-and-butter pickle chips, drained

Directions
In a wide, shallow dish, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, salt, paprika, cayenne and sugar.
In another wide, shallow dish, lightly beat the eggs.
Fill a large pot with enough oil to reach a depth of 2 inches and heat over medium-high heat until it registers 350 degrees on a deep-fat thermometer.
Working in batches, toss the pickles in the flour mixture, pressing to adhere.
Shake off any excess flour, then toss gently in the eggs to coat.
Coat with the flour mixture again.
Shake off any excess flour, then add to the oil.
Fry, turning occasionally after the pickles rise to the top, until browned, 8 to 9 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve immediately.

THE DRINKS
If you are planning a large party, opt for the keg. You’ll need water and sodas of course. Check out your local grocery store the day before the game, they will most likely have specials on 2 Liters of your favorite sodas. If it’s a smaller party, create two unique punches (one for the adults – The Giants,  and one for the kiddos – The Pats). Consider small details like football-themed straws, glasses, ice cubes, etc.

THE ENTERTAINMENT
Hopefully, the game doesn’t turn out to be a disaster. If it does, spend a little time before the game creating fun ideas to keep the party alive.

If you’ve got the time, create an interactive game with the football game and the commercials. For example, create a list of scenarios that could potentially happen during the broadcast. (e.g. a dog is featured in a TV commercial, a sideline photographer is knocked down, etc.)  Put all the scenarios in a hat for people to draw. If someone’s “happening” happens, they win a prize.

TRANSPORTATION
If the party gets turned up to an eleven, then provide cabs for those who need it. You’re smart, use your best judgement here. Friends and family are extremely important to us. Please make sure you take care of yours.

 

Go PATS!

Your friends at i Fratelli Pizza

Proclamations, Pyles and “The Prisoner”

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Current Events

The Sauce was captivated with Greater Dallas Restaurant Association President (and i Fratelli Brother) David Cole as he delivered his “2012 State of the Association” address.   Dallas Mayor Rawlings followed with his vision of making Dallas “The Best Customer Service City in the Nation.”

http://gdra.org/

 

Food Glorious Food

The Sauce celebrated to-the-max at Samar by Stephan Pyles.  Wow!  Casual, urban, with small plates for sharing.  Start with the spicy, kicky Chaitini.  The menu is inspired by Spain, India, and the Eastern Mediterranean, but TS fell in love with peasant food… Potatoes and Chorizo with fried egg… it was the addition of foie gras that made it fit for a king.  Try the Short Ribs in Ginger-Garam Masala with Saffron Rice matched with spinach-goat cheese naan.

TS and i Fratelli are family,  so enjoying a meze of tapas “family style” is how we roll.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meze

http://www.samarrestaurant.com/


In Vino Veritas!

“The Prisoner” was paroled and “released” into the custody of guests enjoying the Thursday Weekly wine tasting event last week at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar.  It was an adoring crowd.  Orin Swift Cellars scored with this blend of Zin, Cab, Syrah, Petit Syrah, and Charbono (you say Charbono…I say Bonarda).  Soooo good with the grilled lamb chop.  MacArthur HS class of ‘79 and ’81 grads gathered and swapped stories.  We invite all Old School pals to do the same.

http://www.orinswift.com/wines/the_prisoner.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charbono

http://www.oldschool-themovie.com/


Musica, Musica, Musica

While searching for new i Fratelli Pizza locations, TS has developed an in-car-addiction to the SweetJack song.  TS and i Fratelli are known to love the canine and would love to host this clever puppy on any Wednesday in April when we start our Spring version of Smooch Your Pooch.

http://sweetjack.com/

Get ready to Smooch: April 2012

Cole Family Fun

 

Cole Brothers Clean Up Circa 1993