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Sparkin' a Restaurant

Thursday, July 28, 2011

In January I wrote a blog about Sparking a very nice lady I was talking to in Wal-Mart. Last year in July I mentioned in a blog that I thought we should all let restaurants with healthy menu options know that we appreciated them. I told about sending an e-mail to the corporate office of Mimi's Cafe (a chain) and getting a note back from the PR lady saying she was so excited because restaurants hardly ever get POSITIVE feedback. (I had written that I was so impressed that they offered low-calorie and small portion options.) I encouraged everyone to follow my example and send positive comments to restaurants (especially chains) that make that effort.

On Tuesday when we took my aunt and her friend to the Greenville airport, I suggested we go to Mimi's for lunch before their flight because they had a great variety on their menu. (Her friend eats nothing but meat and potatoes- only veggies he eats are raw carrots and celery- but that's another whole blog about coping with someone like that during a visit!) As we finished our lunch, I was thinking about that note from the PR lady and decided I should take action again. I asked to see the manager (after assuring our waiter that it was nothing but good about him!) and told him about the letter I'd sent to corporate about his restaurant. He was so tickled! He said he'd lost 100 pounds himself in the last couple of years and he liked the fact that he could eat from their menu, too. Of course I just had to whip out one of my SparkPeople business cards and told him to check out the website- it would help him with his fitness and maintenance. (He was young and I would never have guessed he'd weighed so much more- he looked mah-vel-ous!) He thanked me for telling him about the letter and Spark, saying I had made his day.

So, again, I encourage anyone reading this to do the same. Just imagine if the 10 million of us Sparkers sent letters to restaurant chains telling them what they do RIGHT! I'll bet we wouldn't need talk of the government food police if we all took responsibility of letting our wallets, and voices, tell restaurants what types of food they should be serving!
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    You are so right! emoticon on letting them know how you feel and I think I will do the same! I think it wil work! emoticon
    2291 days ago
    Great action! I just ran of a sheet of cards and am putting them in my pocketbook now! Thanks for the inspiration!
    2413 days ago
    Totally fantastic that you are so pro-active! It's absolutely the truth that we as Americans are always the first to speak up and complain about things, but rarely do we go out of our way to praise!

    So I say Woo...HOO for you! I'm going to take your example and see if I can't find more positive things to concentrate on and put my focus there...instead of the negative.

    A prime example would be my MIL and SIL...oh boy...what a challenge THAT will be...but I'm going to give it a try. The only thing positive that comes to mind at this moment is the fact that my DH was born and he is SO different than his mother...okay...it's a start..right? emoticon emoticon
    2417 days ago
    Wow! You are so Awesome for doing all of that. I'm sure you made a lot of people very happy.
    I agree the good Food places need to hear positive feedback and know how much we appreciate being able to eat healthy while we are eating out.
    Yay for You!
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    2420 days ago
  • LINDAJ0621
    Where do I get Spark Cards? Great blog!!!
    2422 days ago
    You are a great sparker!
    2423 days ago
    It's sad that we only seem to take the time to write when we have something to complain about. We really should all follow this example and send positive feedback to restaurants also. It is so nice to see things we enjoy on menu's, we really should encourage them to do that more!

    A diner by me just started serving "petite" portions. Sad thing is that a "petite" portion is still large enough for me to eat dinner that night and lunch the next day. (Don't even ask about normal portions!) Why do they insist on making the meals large enough for a family of 4???
    2423 days ago
    Love Mimi's...matter of fact we ate there yesterday...Healthy of course!!!!!!!
    Kudo's for taking Spark action. I have done that but not very often. I to carry business cards for Sparks, but am not quite as aggressive as you are. I tend to use them when talking about weight/fitness. emoticon
    PS: Hope that was a good book you were reading emoticon
    2423 days ago
    I often will write a letter of appreciation to an organization/corporation/agency when I get good service or they do something that I approve of. I do the same thing with people. I once took a management course on "catching people doing the right thing". It's amazing how people respond to Kudos and Atta Girls. So Kudos to you for catching someone doing something right and then praising them. Too bad the rest of the world doesn't work that way.
    2423 days ago
    I have got to get me some Spark Cards!!
    emoticon Way to Spread Sparks!!
    2423 days ago
    emoticon way to Spark! I also cart my Spark cards around and pass them out when people mention wanting to do something about their health / weight. Yeah, I'm a believer! emoticon
    2423 days ago
    What a great idea!! I also carry Sparkpeople business cards with me ..and use them as I deem necessary ..
    Way to go!!
    Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2424 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/28/2011 5:24:05 PM
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