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!