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Sunday
Jul012012

Get Kids Cooking Again

Summer is finally here and school is out for the summer!  While some kids will be shipped away to camp, many will be home with Mom & Dad.   I vividly remember spending a lot of time with my parents during the summer and that meant going to the market with my Mom and even hopping in the kitchen to lend  a hand (even if it was just to lick the bowl clean).  Passing recipes down from generation to generation seemed to have become a lost artform, but recently there has been a huge trend of incorporating our children into the kitchen again.  (And we think this is awesome).

With diabetes and childhood obesity on the rise, one has to ask themselves "WHY"?  I firmly believe one of the reasons is that children have become more and more detached from where food comes from. A sugary toaster "pastry" doesn't grow from a tree and neither does all the other processed foods kids are accustomed to.  What better way to educate kids than to make them a part of the process.  Start by brining your children to the market and get them involved in selecting which fresh veggies are the greenest, the freshest etc and you'll be surprised what happens. I was speaking to a very close friend of mine whose daughter Katie would not eat certain vegetables no matter which sneaky parenting trick you tried to use.  Once she began to take Katie to the market, she was shocked at her fascination of the different shapes and colors of all the veggies.  When Katie started placing random veggies in the cart, Mom almost put them back "knowing" that Katie wouldn't eat them.  It was at that very second where she had that "a-ha" moment to allow Katie to select all the "cool looking" veggies she wanted, into the cart.  Once they got home, Mom's little helper assisted in washing the veggies and eventually became a sous chef as they started preparing dinner. To Mom's surprise, Katie ate all her veggies that night and this market to plate mentality is now a permanent part of their routine.
For one thing, cooking with your kids can help get them interested in trying healthy foods they might normally turn their noses up at. Susan Moores, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, says she has seen this happen countless times.

So this summer, get the kids back into the kitchen and even get them to the market instead of in front of a video game. It's not only great for the health of our children, but also a great bonding tool between parents and our children.  I am in no way, shape or form a family counselor, but this type of stuff just makes sense. Well... I'm off to the market!

Here is a cute video clip of our corporate chef, Stacy, and her adorable daughter Rachel making some organic pizza with WSFL's Eugene Ramirez. Enjoy!

Until next time...
@VaughanLazar
Friday
Jul012011

Pizza Fusion Grand Opening in South Beach Miami

We are very proud to announce that we are up and cranking in South Beach Miami, Florida. Our South Beach location opened to much hoop-la with the type of Grand Opening celebration you would expect in Miami. From some of our local celebs to a few pro athletes, it appeared everyone was "in the house". We had a wonderful turnout and got to meet many of the locals who will make us famous! A HUGE thank you to our friends from Shipyard Brewing Co. and Parducci Wines for all their support.  Our guests were served up complimentary cocktails and delicious organic pizza while jamming out to the sounds of Miami's own DJ Saint Chill.

Thank you all for an amazing launch and if you missed it, we are open 7 days a week and wicked late on the weekends! We are conveniently located at 1115 5th Street Miami Beach, in The Shops at 5th & Alton!



Here's a great write-up from our friend Jess at MiamiBeach411.com (Thanks Jess!)

Photo Credit: Joshua Prezant for Miami.com

Friday
Apr222011

It's Earth Day! Let's be Honest...

Wait, you're sitting at home or at work reading this blog post instead of rushing over to your local Pizza Fusion??? That means you're missing out on a free personal cheese pizza with the purchase of an Honest Kids, and some pretty sweet giveaways. Still reading? So you don't want to win a trip to a sustainable vineyard? Or a year's supply of Honest Tea? Or a year's supply of Shipyard beer? Yeah, we thought so! Run, don't walk, and see you soon for some delicious organic pizza to celebrate Mama Earth's day!
Friday
Apr222011

Best of Green 2011

Happy Earth Day Fusion Fans! We're so excited to share with you the honor of being in TreeHugger's Best of Green 2011! We were bestowed Best Practices by a Chain Restaurant in their third annual awards. We're honored for the recognition, and hope that it helps us continue to spread the word and inspire everyone to go a little greener every day!

 

As posted by TreeHugger:

Every day, TreeHugger scours the planet looking for the people, ideas, projects, and memes that are pushing green into the mainstream. There are no shortage of great examples, for sure, but, once a year, we like to round up the best of the best, to present our Best of Green Awards.

In 2011, we're presenting our third annual awards, and this year promises to be the biggest and best yet. The full complement of awards will be presented the week of April 4 - 8, but we kicked things off this year with the Best of Green Readers' Choice Awards; scroll down to see this year's nominees.

It's a great time for green, and we're excited to share the best of it with you. Welcome to the 2011 Best of Green!

 



Pizza Fusion's slogan -- 'Saving the Earth One Pizza at a Time' -- may seem glib, like a cliche, but they really walk the talk.

Just take a look at the huge list of top-to-bottom green efforts: Organic ingredients; biodegradable utensils; hybrid delivery cars; organic cotton apparel and uniforms for their employees; building to LEED certification standards...the list just keeps going, but it's clear that Pizza Fusion is committed to greener practices from start to finish -- they even offer a takeback program for their used pizza boxes.

 
Friday
Apr012011

We live social! Do you?

This week we ran a LivingSocial promo for our stores in Weston and Fort Lauderdale, and were humbled and amazed at the support we received. We broke the record for most restaurant vouchers sold in Fort Lauderdale (922) in half the time it took to set it!!! That's a LOT of delicious, organic pizza to go around. We'd like to take the opportunity to thank our fusion-heads and tell you again how much we freakin' love you!
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