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Up & Coming: The Next Generation

Brenda enjoying lunch with her granddaughters Eve and Ruth and friends.  (L-R: Riley and Jack (sons of Jean Thomas from Trader's Coffee House), Holly O'Brien (one of our favorite past employees), Ruth, Brenda, and Eve.

Brenda enjoying lunch with her granddaughters Eve and Ruth and friends.  (L-R: Riley and Jack (sons of Jean Thomas from Trader's Coffee House), Holly O'Brien (one of our favorite past employees), Ruth, Brenda, and Eve.

If you know anything about us, you that pizza is a family business here at Brenda's.  For years our staff has predominantly been made up of family, family friends, friends of friends, kids of friends, and kids of previous staff working together to create and serve up great pizza and a great experience.  Trust me.  We know how absolutely lucky we are to have such a great group and such an amazing team.  For years we have had the pleasure of watching them "grow up" at the pizzeria, first as kids visiting the pizzeria with their parents and then years later working summer jobs with us--many coming back to work summer after summer through college.  

Each year during the holidays we bring our staff's and previous staffs' kids together and let them show off their pizza making skills at our annual Kid's Pizza Party.  Or, as we jokingly call it, their "job interview."  In celebration of this long standing tradition, we pay homage to our next generation of pizza makers, servers, and hosts--our staffs' kids and grandkids!

The first rule:  There are no rules!

The first rule:  There are no rules!

Stretching dough is serious business...

Stretching dough is serious business...

Of course, we saved room for dessert! 

Of course, we saved room for dessert! 

You can top it any way you want...Pepperoni....cheese...icing.... :)

You can top it any way you want...Pepperoni....cheese...icing.... :)

Be on the lookout for these smiling faces next time you visit us at Brenda's!!   They may not be working with us yet, but one day.... 

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Research & Development

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As many of you already know, we love research & development here at Brenda’s.  There is no better way to keep things fresh, streamline service, stay on top of trends, and keep our ever-evolving menu… ever-evolving.  Earlier this month we did just that.  We packed our bags, grabbed a few staff members, and headed out on an adventure to the Culinary Institute of America located in Hyde Park, NY.  (To say it was impressive is a HUGE understatement.)  The CIA offers top-notch culinary education programs taught by world class chefs, a vibrant campus, and a student run craft beer brewery and pop-up restaurant, as well as four world famous student staffed restaurants. 

Not only that, they also offer food enthusiast courses like 2-5 Day Boot Camps, Cooking, Baking, Beverage, and Wine classes, Chef demos and samplings, and Saturday Kitchens. (No experience required!)  After doing a little research, we opted for Saturday Kitchens.  Not only did we receive instruction and guidance from expert CIA chefs, but we enjoyed a day of learning by doing in the famed kitchens of the CIA.  Whether you are a beginning baker, seasoned gourmet, or just an all-around food lover, the CIA offers fun cooking and baking classes for everyone.

Matt Roy creating making crepes for our top secret recipe.

Matt Roy creating making crepes for our top secret recipe.

In the CIA Favorites course Matt and Jeany created and sampled some of the CIA’s all time favorite recipes, brushed up on, as well as, learned a variety of cooking skills, helpful tips, basic cooking methods, ingredient selection, and plating techniques.    

In the Classic Italian Cooking course Sydney and Cody explored the amazing variety of foods and flavors from every region of Italy, made fresh pastas and classic sauces, and created traditional as wells as some lesser-known dishes.  Melissa got to spend the afternoon making fruit-laden and cream-style pies as well as sweet and savory tarts in the Pies and Tarts course.  For most of us the thought of cooking an entire holiday meal from scratch makes us want to run and turn the calendar to January but not Brenda!  She tackled the CIA Holiday Favorites course. From classic dishes like roast turkey breast with gravy to non-traditional items like sautéed duck breast with Pinot Noir sauce, she created mouthwatering appetizers, sides, entrees, and desserts perfect for any holiday gathering.  Needless to say we made the most of our Saturday Kitchens!  We learned a lot, and we brought back some great ideas!  See you soon New York! We'll be back!  

But… you know what they say about all work and no play….  We couldn’t go to NY without a little side adventure into the city with our fabulous tour guide Brenda McDonnell!  

Greetings from the Empire State Building!!  Left to Right:  Brenda, Melissa, Sydney, Cody, and Matt.  Photo cred: Jeany

Greetings from the Empire State Building!!  Left to Right:  Brenda, Melissa, Sydney, Cody, and Matt.  Photo cred: Jeany

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Halloween Half-Price Pizza Party

Join us October 31st from 4-9pm for our Halloween Half-Price Pizza Party!  Suit up in your best costume and stop in!  We'll have Half-Price PIzza ALL DAY... prizes for the coolest costumes... treats for the kiddos (after they eat of course!))... and maybe a trick or two up our sleeves! 

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RAISE YOUR GLASS...TO FEBREWARY!

Maryland might be known for delicious crabs, its scenic beauty, and Old Bay everything, but that’s not all we are!  Maryland is full of great breweries, great beer, and great people—and that is certainly reason to celebrate!

In an effort to promote Maryland’s Craft Beer Industry, Gov. Larry Hogan signed a proclamation declaring this month as “FeBREWary.”  We couldn’t be more excited! (We DO enjoy a good brew after all…)  Businesses and breweries across Maryland have joined together to host events featuring some of your favorite MD beers as well as launch new beers and offer up unique pairings.

Did we hear “pairings?”  Beer and pizza pairings?  Ummm…YES…PLEASE!  We’re celebrating all month long by offering a variety of our staff favorites from two of Maryland’s best breweries—Flying Dog and Heavy Seas.  So get here, explore a new brew (or a classic favorite) with us, and raise your glass to some of the world’s best brews born right here in Maryland!

And don’t forget to go social with your explorations….#MDfeBREWary and #MDBeerLovers

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Keeping Pace!

We’re headed to Annapolis January 21 & 22 for the Annual PACE (Positive Attitudes Change Everything) Event!

The Annual PACE Reception on Thursday evening is an event showcasing some of the many highlights of Mountain Maryland including businesses, attractions, institutions, and organizations. This event gives us the opportunity to have our voices heard and have free-flowing dialog with state and federal government officials about numerous issues concerning Mountain Maryland residents and businesses and our future economic stability and growth.  Some other topics of discussion for this year’s event include: Natural Resources, Transportation/Infrastructure, Tourism, and Education.

Friday morning’s event will feature a keynote speaker as well as members and leaders of the Maryland General Assembly, county commissioners, economic development officials, chamber of commerce leaders, and Mountain Maryland citizens. 

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Locals Supporting Locals!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we, here at Brenda's & Trader's, are Joining The Fight!  And we need your help!  Stop by Monday, October 26, 2015 and drop a donation into the "Tip Bin."  All donations made by customers and staff that day will be matched by Brenda's & Trader's and donated to Garrett Regional Medical Center's New Cancer Care Unit.       

Whether it is a personal battle, family, or friend... chances are that Cancer has or will effect each of our lives, so please help us help those right here in our community.

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Autumn in Bloom

The temps are getting cooler...The hillsides are alive with color before the leaves say a final goodbye for the season...

That means it must be time for the 48th Annual Autumn Glory Festival!  October 7-11, 2015 our area will be celebrating the beauty of our fall foliage.  Fun events for the whole family (indoor and outdoor)  are scheduled throughout the weekend.  Check out visitdeepcreek.com for the full calendar of events!

If you aren't off the beaten path soaking up the firestorm of color....stop by the pizzeria!  You can sit, sip, and relax while you enjoy the view from the comfort of our diningroom!

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