Monthly Archives: February 2010

HPHS Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Charity Drive

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

Last night, the Highland Park High School Charity Drive conducted an “HP Idol” competition to raise funds for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and we were lucky enough to be a part of it!  Students at the school were given a 45 second time limit to sing and perform before friends, family and faculty.  After all participants had performed, the audience was invited to “vote” by placing donations in the each performer’s corresponding collection boxes.  The top five acts who raised the most cash were then advanced to the finals, where the three student judges evaluated their performances and selected the winner. 

We sold our Mozzarella Pizza Stuffed Pretzels and Traditional Bavarian pretzels to the attending audience members, event staff, and performers with all of the proceeds going to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s local Illinois chapter.  K&S also contributed several cases of pretzels for the Charity Drive to sell to raise additional funds during lunch at the school.

Our company has been fortunate enough to have a strong relationship with CCFA, and are an annual sponsor of their “Take Steps, Be Heard” Walks which have raised over $13 million for research and patient service programs in the last two years alone. We will be providing delicious pretzels to all the walkers and volunteer staff at the upcoming Take Steps Walks in Glenview IL on May 16, Chicago on May 22, and Lisle IL on May 23.

To learn more about this courageous cause, check out their social spaces:
HPHS Charity Drive Facebook  Fan Page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/HPHS-Charity-Drive-2010-CCFA/263059646364

CCFAIllinois Twitter Profile
http://twitter.com/CCFAIllinois

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What to do this weekend: Peace on Earth Film Festival

Join us at the Peace on Earth Film Festival this Friday through Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center.  The Peace on Earth Film Festival has been established as a vision to grow and nurture awareness of the possibilities within all of us to contribute to peace in our own lives as well as the lives of everyone on the planet. POEFF invites filmmaker’s challenging perspectives on issues such as war, conflict, world politics, environment, economics, and more, while presenting alternatives of peace, nonviolence, social justice and eco-friendliness, from all cultural perspectives.

Learn more about these important films here >>   http://bit.ly/cttDLq which were edited down to 34 from 154 submissions.   Admission is FREE and open to the public, what a fantastic way to spend a cold Chicago weekend!  We can’t wait!

Huff Po Crew’s Impromptu Review

Huffington PostThe crew at the Huffington Post partook in an impromptu Kim & Scott’s taste test recently and was especially fond of our Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate Crumb and Cheddar Jalapeno flavors (What a fantastic day at the office right?).  Here’s what these Huff Po staffers had to say:

JONATHAN
>> Favorite Pretzel: Cheddar Jalapeno

Comments:
– The cheese filling was delicious. Very smooth, flavorful and exactly what I wanted when I bit inside (Cheddar Jalapeno).
– The pretzel looks fantastic. Nicely brown and made me wish other actual pizzas had a pretzel crust (Pizza Pretzel).
– The crunchy cinnamon on top of the soft pretzel made for a nice feel in my mouth (Cinnamon Roll).
– Very, very good. Tasted just like those gooey Cinnabon rolls I used to get in the mall (Cinnamon Roll).

ERIN
>>Favorite Pretzel: Cinnamon Roll

Comments:
– The cinnamon was great (perfect maybe) – tasted like Cinnabun! (Cinnamon Roll)
– The chocolate tasted like brownie mix (Chocolate Crumb).

ERICA
>>Favorite Pretzel: Jalapeno Cheddar

Comments:
– I’m not a big chocolate fan, but I gobbled the chocolate pretzel up in a second. It was decadent and wonderful! (Chocolate Crumb)
– The jalapeno cheddar pretzel was my favorite! It was deliciously cheesy and had the perfect amount of jalapeno flavoring (Jalapeno Cheddar).

Thanks HuffPo for your candid review!  What’s your favorite Kim & Scott’s flavor???

Pretzels for Progress Update

A big thanks goes out to our friends at Chicago-area schools Northbrook, Vernon Hills, and McKenzie Elementary!  Each one of these generous schools have  brought us one step closer to achieving our goal of raising $100,000 for relief efforts in Haiti!  100% of these proceeds will be donated to Save The Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need, with over 90% of expenditures going to program services.  Want to learn more on how you or your school can help us meet our goal?  Check it out! >> http://bit.ly/QCk7p

Pretzel Logic?!

Pretzel Logic

What exactly is Pretzel Logic you ask? According to Pete Wells of the New York Times, it refers to a “Grain revolution [around] snack time,” and an afternoon spent with his son Dexter creating whole grain soft pretzels. 

We had never made them before, and he was so fascinated by the technique — kneading the dough, rolling it out and twisting it into three interlocking loops, then proofing, boiling, salting and, at last, baking them

See how he’s able to integrate this type of thinking into creating healthful meals for, and with, his family >>  http://nyti.ms/acqWJe