THE SAUCE

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

Spicy Sunday at i Fratelli Pizza

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Spice up your Sunday with free jalapenos on your i Fratelli pizza. Valid Sunday only for a limited time at all i Fratelli Pizza locations for pick-up or delivery. Sorry, not valid at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar. Order now!

  • Uptown and Downtown Dallas (214-310-1827)
  • Northpark and SMU (214-310-1831)
  • Valley Ranch and Hackberry (214-310-1832)
  • Plano West (214-919-0202)
  • Coppell and Vista Ridge (469-464-5927)
  • Flower Mound and Lewisville (469-464-5928)
  • Grapevine Colleyville and Mid-Cities (817-756-9450)
  • Southlake (817-756-9460)
  • Los Colinas and Irving (972-746-2964)

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



Football, Prosecco, and Holiday Cheer

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Overheard:  Nelly Furtado playing over the speakers at the Keg this week

TS (The Sauce) recognizes it’s the most wonderin’ time of the year so we’re wonderin’ whatever happened to Nelly Furtado?  For those who say she was a one-hit-wonder…wrong.  http://www.nellyfurtado.com/

What else…?

High School Football playoffs

Southlake’s Carroll Dragons used every letter of the alphabet to traumatize Skyline. “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”

photo by Chris Wilkins, DMN

Wine of course!

Here’s a luminous sparkling wine that plays up its Italian good cheerWine Enthusiast Magazine

Tiamo Prosecco is now proudly served for holiday toasts, aperitifs, and lovingly paired with Scampi alla Piccata at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar.

Tiamo Prosecco
http://www.winesellersltd.com/wine/Veneto%20and%20Chianti/Tiamo/Prosecco%20DOC%20Organic/NV.html

Musica, Musica Musica

TS caught a rare  “unplugged” set by Hello Lover at SWIG Gin Mill… Hello Lover is upbeat power pop punk rock…. danceable, sexy, & fun for all notes i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar  manager John Hardy.  Johnny and his bro Joe supply the riffs. “Like” them on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hello-Lover/108340453574

Catch Hello Lover at La Grange on Christmas night, and Club Dada on New Year’s Eve!

Current Events

Egypt will always have the Nile River, The Sphinx, and The Pyramids at Giza, but how many tourists will abandon an adventure to Egypt if by Sharia law they eliminate booze, bikinis, and co-ed bedrooms?

Cole Family Fun

Cole family Christmas circa 1997

GP (George's boy), Mary (Mike's oldest), Meredith (George's oldest) and Aaron (David's boy) Christmas Day, 1997
 

 

Holly Days

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The Halls are Decked

The Sauce (TS to his friends)… wishes a Peaceful Advent, a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday Season’s Greetings to all who like this time of year.  TS announces enthusiastically that the decorations  are up at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar so gather your family for holiday get-togethers.

Festive surroundings for imbibing and noshing!

What else…?

Friday Night Lights

Congrats to those Bishop Nolan Vikings and David’s son Aaron Cole as state champions in TAPPS Division I. It was a Cole family affair in Temple last weekend as many made the drive.  The Brothers are enjoying the State title vicariously as no championships were earned back in our supposedly “good ol’ days”.

David and Sandra Cole with son Aaron

Southlake’s Carroll Dragons are still in the title hunt against Skyline.   We don’t have a store in the Skyline neighborhood yet, so GO DRAGONS!

Beer and Wine of course!

St Arnold’s Christmas Ale is on tap at i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar. Don’t forget that Samuel Adams Winter Lager and the passionately popular Maredsous 8 makes its seasonal visit on draught.

Modus by Ruffino is a new addition to our list. Such a sophisticated blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cab.  Look for the Modus label painted on the brick in the lobby (though it is presently covered by a Christmas tree you can remember and spy it after the holidays). Try Modus with our Steak Gorgonzola tapa.

TGIF!  Happy Weekend to all