THE SAUCE

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!

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  • 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

Thank You for Posting Your Pooch Pic

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Submitted By: Courtney Whistler, Flower Mound,TX

We want to thank all of our amazing i Fratelli friends and fans for their entries in the first Post Your Pooch Pic Contest on Facebook. Selecting the finalists from the nearly 50 entries was extremely difficult—almost impossible, in fact. The Cole brothers had their work cut out for them. “I am constantly amazed by the ingenuity and wit of our patrons. How lucky we are,” said George Cole. There were so many creative, whimsical, and heartwarming photographs.  We were delighted to accept entries from all over the Metroplex—from Coppell to Uptown. In case you did not see them, we will be posting the seven finalists right here on our blog.

And, be sure to make plans for the Smooch Your Pooch promotion next Dogtober, and watch our Facebook page and Twitter feed for exclusive offers and events!

Congratulations to our winner—Beverly Widner and Peppy of Coppell.

Happy Thanksgiving to you are your family this week! What was your favorite Post Your Pooch Pic Photo?

The Typical Cole Family Thanksgiving Meal

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We asked our 77-year-old Dad to describe a typical Cole Family of Irving Thanksgiving meal.  He rattled off 13 items within 60 seconds.

Two birds:
One for now and another for turkey sandwiches for the “big game” later.

Five starches:
Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn bread dressing, rolls, peas (not enough vitamins to be a real veggie)?

One gravy:
A big ladle with bowls on every table.

Two vegetable-starch casseroles:
Broccoli-rice-cheese and, yes, that ever-popular green-bean-mushroom-soup concoction with fried onion strings on top.

Two fruits:
“If you don’t include the Brothers,” he said wryly, “Waldorf salad and cranberry sauce (available with and without skins).”

One dessert:
Pie including pecan, chocolate, pumpkin, and often apple.

 

He has difficulty remembering some things — like taking his meds, coming up with the words to complete his daily crossword puzzles, or quoting who said what to whom. But the Thanksgiving dinner is still a no-brainer for Dad — mostly because it was a favorite of our Mom’s, whom we miss dearly.

What’s your typical Thanksgiving meal?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
In gratitude,

The Cole Brothers:  George, David, Mike, and Darrell