Earlier this week I headed out to a local Captain D’s with my eight-year son at the invitation of O2O member and Nashville blogger Sami Cone. Captain D’s has recently revamped their menu and is in the process of redecorating their restaurants as well.
The main focus of our evening was the food! Captain D’s wanted us to experience their new menu, most especially, the new kids menu that includes two grilled options (from four total entree options) and comes with two sides (from a list of TEN side dishes). They told us that between the four entree items paired with two of the ten side options, you could come every day for a year and not have the same combination! I can’t think of any other fast food restaurant that can make that claim about a kids menu.
In addition to new food choices, the kids menu now features the characters of The Pirates: Band of Misfits movie and comes with 3D glasses because everything from the box that the food comes in to the drinking cup & the activities booklet are in 3D! The children were encouraged to come dressed as pirates and Captain D’s brought in a face painter (a very talented woman who also did balloon toys, mostly swords of course) for the kids.
The adults were in for a treat, too. There are several grilled options on the menu and even some more high-end options like the Surf ‘n Turf (that I enjoyed) but without the high-end prices. (The Surf ‘n Turf meal was priced at about $8 and included 2 sides plus rice!) With everything priced so reasonably and so many options to choose from, Captain D’s has positioned itself to be a viable dining option for busy families on the go.
On hand during the event were several Captain D’s corporate team members as well as their executive chef. All of them were happy to answer questions and consistently worked the room, checking in with each of us multiple times to make sure we were taken care of. The manager and staff of the restaurant where the event was held were very friendly and accommodating, especially tolerant of kids chasing each other with balloon swords (yes, mine was among that group).
All in all, this was an excellent blogger outreach event. I was very impressed with Sami and her organizational skills as well as the attention and generosity of the Captain D’s staff. Not only did they give us a chance to get together (because even though we all live in the same area, we’re rarely all in the same place at one time!), treated us to dinner, entertained our kids, and sent us home with lovely gifts; they listened to us, were genuinely interested in what we had to say, candid in their answers, and showed true southern hospitality!
Thank you Captain D’s and Sami for the wonderful blogger event!
What about you? What has been a memorable and well organized blogger event in your area? Was is corporate sponsored or organzied by local bloggers? Let us know in the comments!
Disclosure: I was invited to attend this event by a local blogger. This post is written because I wanted to share about my experience. I was not paid to write it, One2One Network is not currently involved with any Captain D’s marketing initiatives, and all opinions are my own. I received thank you gifts for attending the event.