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Chick-fil-A Opened On Sunday To Help Atlanta Disaster

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By Cooking Panda

Chick-fil-A in Atlanta broke its “closed-on-Sunday” company policy to serve food to stranded airline passengers affected by a massive power outage on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport lost power on the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 17, grounding over 1,000 flights and leaving thousands of travelers stranded with food supplies low on planes stuck on the tarmac and in the airport where restaurants had closed.

Around 10 p.m. on Sunday, Atlanta’s mayor, Kasim Reed, called the fast-food chain for assistance. The City of Atlanta Twitter account tweeted that the city’s convention center would provide transportation to passengers needing a place to sleep overnight and that Chick-fil-A would provide food to travelers.

Chick-fil-A is not open on Sunday because of the founder’s Christian beliefs. The company spokesperson said that although the fast-food chain is always closed on Sunday, the restaurant will “open occasionally to serve communities in need.”

Twitter users were quick to celebrate the chain’s break from company policy. One Twitter user remarked how the chain “normally not open on Sunday’s, springs into action to feed them all. That’s incredible. What a company.”

Chick-fil-A staff and team members delivered food to the airport, some preparing sandwiches by hand offsite and personally delivering them to the Emergency Operations Center, according to the chain’s spokesperson. City and airport officials distributed sandwiches to stranded passengers. A total of 5,302 sandwiches were donated. Shortly after midnight, the power was fully restored at the airport.

In 2015, the company bankrolled anti-LGBTQ causes with more than $1.4 million in donations, according to ThinkProgress. CEO Dan Cathy faced national backlash when he told a Christian newspaper: “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit.”

The Human Rights Campaign recently scored Chick-fil-A a big zero on LGBTQ-inclusive policies. The chain issued a statement at the time of Cathy’s guilty-as-charged opposition of same-sex marriage, which stated the company’s promise to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender.” Chick-fil-A, however, cannot back this statement with any LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination policies.

Sources: Mashable, Business Insider, ThinkProgress / Featured Image: Chris Potter/Flickr

Tags: Atlanta power outage, Chick-fil-A
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Woman Finds Rodent In Chick-fil-A Sandwich, Files Lawsuit (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

In November of 2016, a woman claimed she nearly bit into a dead rodent baked into her Chick-fil-A sandwich. Today, her lawyer is seeking $50,000 for the “physical and psychological injuries” she’s endured since the incident, according to Philly.

Philadelphia woman Ellen Manfalouti said she was ready to dig into her chicken sandwich on a lunch break when she “felt something funny on the bottom of the bun.”

“I turned it over,” she told Philly. “I said to [my coworker], ‘They burned my roll really bad,'” throwing it onto the table.

That’s when her coworker, Cara Phelan, realized the mysterious object in Manfalouti’s bun was not a burnt spot, but a rodent.

“I could see the whiskers and the tail,” she said.

Manfalouti’s lawyer, Bill Davis, recently filed a lawsuit against the owner of the franchise (and the store itself) that sold the sandwich, as both parties had for months “stonewalled” his attempts to resolve the issue. The restaurant chain pushed the blame onto the franchise, which blamed the bun-supplying bakery, which denied responsibility.

Both the owner and Chick-fil-A declined Philly’s requests for information during the ongoing investigation.

Davis conducted a lab report to confirm that Manfalouti’s sandwich indeed contained a rodent that had likely been baked into the bun. The team’s lawsuit says the defendants were negligent and “failed to have proper procedures in place to inspect their own food products before selling them to customers.”

The bulk of their defense, though, stems from the “nausea,” trouble eating and “anxiety” Manfalouti claims to have sustained over the last nine months. She went to a medical center the day she nearly ate the rodent-rich sandwich. She later was given a prescription for her nausea and saw a psychologist for her anxiety.

“I had anxiety and nightmares, which I still do,” she said. “The first month was really rough.”

While many people do indeed have legitimate and debilitating fears of rodents, it’s possible that Manfalouti may have exaggerated her rat-related trauma to win the case. Some readers humorously pointed out the irony of her complaints.

“Eating a dead animal, yet complaining about eating a dead animal,” one reader commented on Philly’s article. Others gave this observation the thumbs up, noting that in many cultures, cooked rodents are a fine delicacy.

“And it was still better than the McRib,” another commenter said of the rat sandwich.

“Eat More Rodent,” a business-savvy user offered as the chain’s new slogan. 

Someone had Manfalouti’s back, though.

“Hey. I am scared to death of rodents. I go full panic attack when one is around, let alone if one was in my sandwich. This is very traumatic for some of us LOL,” they wrote.

Source: Philly / Featured Image: Jay Reed/Flickr / Embedded Image: Philly

Tags: Chick-fil-A, Chicken Sandwich, Lawsuit, Philadelphia, rat
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Make Sure You Try Chick-fil-A’s New Sandwich! (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

We usually hear a lot about Taco Bell introducing new food items, or Burger King or McDonald’s, but we don’t hear much about Chick-fil-A. Their tried-and-true chicken sandwich with waffle fries combination pretty much does the trick. But, now that summer has arrived, they’ve surprised us and stepped into the spotlight with a debut of two new items!

People Magazine reports that these new items are a Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich and the amazing-sounding Watermelon Mint Lemonade. It doesn’t get any more summery than that.

The Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich is made with grilled chicken, brown sugar glazed bacon, lettuce and Colby jack cheese on a Hawaiian bun. Hungry yet? Pair that with the lemonade that was reportedly made to complement the sandwich and you’ve got yourself a meal that could compete with anyone’s backyard barbecue. You can grab the Watermelon Mint Lemonade in diet form, too, if that’s more your style.

This is the first time Chick-fil-A has debuted a seasonal entree, which is good and bad at the same time. Of course, on the bright side, we get to have these things in the first place. On the bad side, the limited amount of time we have to sample them is only from May 15 through Aug. 19. If you really love this meal, that might seem like a very short span of time. Of course, if it’s popular enough, Chick-fil-A will probably be happy to bring it back for future summer seasons.

In a press release, Chick-fil-A’s vice president of menu strategy and development said “We know our customers love the flavors of our grilled menu, and we are excited to offer two items this season that will give them something new to try.”

“The new Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich is delicious and unlike anything we have on the menu. It was incredibly popular in test markets. I hope our customers are as excited as I am to get this kind of high quality sandwich at the drive-thru. We hope customers will enjoy the new ingredients and flavor combinations in our Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich and Watermelon Mint Lemonade all summer long.”

I think we are just as excited!

Sources: People Magazine, Chick-fil-A / Photo Credit: Sam/Flickr

Tags: Chick-fil-A, limited time, Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich, Watermelon Mint Lemonade
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Chick-Fil-A Is Honoring Houston With A Food Truck!

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The Chick-fil-A food truck project in Washington, D.C., launched in 2012, must have been a success, since the chicken sandwich experts are now rolling out a new food truck in Houston.

The Houston Chronicle reports that on Dec. 15, the brand new food truck will hit the streets. It won’t have the iconic cows on it, like the old D.C. truck does, but it will have the name of the brand of which we are so familiar. If you’re located in the Houston area, don’t worry about not being able to identify it. You’ll easily recognize that bright red cursive logo.

So, why Houston? The city actually has 74 Chick-fil-A locations, and two of which are the busiest locations in the entire country. The fact that Houston is obviously full of fried chicken and waffle fry fanatics probably has everything to do with this location choice. Chick-fil-A is still looking at specific options around the city for the food truck location, so keep your eyes peeled if Houston’s your city.

The truck itself will have a limited menu, consisting only of the absolute essentials. That is, the original chicken sandwich, the spicy chicken sandwich, waffle fries, a couple of cold menu items and sweet and unsweetened iced teas and lemonade to drink. What more do you really need?

Chick-fil-A’s food truck experiment hit the streets on a practice run in July of 2012 in Washington, D.C., according to Eater DC. That truck is called the Chick-fil-A mobile and it was first posted at a stop in Farragut North in the District. The limited menu introduced at this truck stop was a bit more expanded than the Houston truck is offering, but, to be fair, Washington doesn’t have as many Chick-fil-A brick-and-mortar restaurants as Houston does, so these customers would undoubtedly have to go farther out of their way if they were craving nuggets instead of the sandwiches.

Anyway, it’s important to note that this proves that the truck can offer more … when it’s good and ready. Here’s hoping Houston residents can get nuggets and soda soon, too!

Sources: Houston Chronicle, Eater DC / Photo Credit: Chick-fil-A, Inc./Instagram

Tags: Chick-fil-A, Chicken Sandwich, food truck, Houston, Texas, Waffle Fries
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Chick-Fil-A Is Trying To Appeal To A Healthier Crowd With Their Grain Bowls

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Chick-fil-A is unveiling several new menu items aimed at healthier eating to be tested around the country.

The new meals are mostly breakfast items, consisting of quinoa, egg whites and fruit. The Harvest Kale & Grain Bowl, pictured above, features red and white quinoa, goat and feta cheese, farro, apples, butternut squash, dried cherries and nuts. Talk about a well-rounded meal!

According to Business Insider, Chick-fil-A is the first major fast food chain to test quinoa and farro in the United States. After some reported backlash from Chick-fil-A fans, the restaurant has stressed that it is not replacing any meal items with these new healthy dishes, but instead simply adding choices.

Matt Abercrombie, Chick-fil-A’s senior consultant of menu development, says “More people are eating breakfast away from home, and we want to meet the needs of our guests by providing breakfast options that span a variety of nutritional needs, tastes and ingredients.”

Menu items that will be tested in New York, New Jersey, San Diego, Columbia, South Carolina and Washington, DC are as follows: Hash Brown Scramble (either in a bowl or burrito), Egg White Grill Bowl, and Berry Protein Blend smoothie.

The grain bowls will be tested in San Francisco, Sacramento, Tampa and Huntsville, Alabama. If testing is successful in all of these cities, we can hope to see these new menu items expanded to all areas of the U.S! If one of the cities listed above happens to be nearby, definitely go and check it out.

If you’re curious about nutritional information and putting together meal plans based on your macros, Chick-fil-A offers even more assistance. On their website, they feature a page for lighter meal plans, where calories, carbs and fats are broken down in the overall calorie count.

As the website states, “Whether you are looking to lower your caloric intake, eat fewer carbohydrates or reduce fat in your diet, we have options throughout our menu to help with your goals.” Definitely a step up for fast food!

Sources: Business Insider, Chick-fil-A / Photo credit: Chick-fil-A via Business Insider

Tags: breakfast, Chick-fil-A, Healthy Eating
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Taco Bell Is Giving You Chicken With A Side Of Nacho Cheese Sauce

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By Cooking Panda

When you’re craving food in the late night hours, do you ever think, “I wish I could have fried chicken and nacho cheese…”? Well, in case you do, Taco Bell is reaching into the chicken market and providing just that. Instead of ordering a side of nachos and cheese with your next crunch wrap, try a side of chicken tortilla chips and nacho cheese. It’s probably better for quenching your craving, anyway.

Business Insider reports that offering this chicken side is Taco Bell’s way of reaching into Chick-fil-A’s chicken market. Along with offering the “Naked Chicken Chalupa,” Taco Bell is making a move into interesting new chicken items. Would you try them?

Taco Bell has mastered the late night food scene for when you’re craving something cheesy and crispy, but Chick-fil-A’s scene is different. I’m sure these new chicken dishes will be great additions to the audience Taco Bell has already acquired, but when you’re craving Chick-fil-A, you’re craving Chick-fil-A. My guess is that Taco Bell’s chicken sales will mostly increase on Sundays (when Chick-fil-A is closed).

According to Uproxx, these new chicken “chips” are pretty much chicken tenders that have been cut into triangle-shaped pieces. The taco shell made of fried chicken has been doing exceptionally well, so these chips will probably be received well too.

It seems that Taco Bell isn’t the only fast food chain working on new out-of-the-box items. Business Insider reports that Burger King has taken on a new burrito, and McDonald’s is testing a new kale salad. I don’t see how any of this can be bad, especially since I’m eager to be a new food taste-testing guinea pig.

Sources: Business Insider, Uproxx / Photo credits: Imgur via Business Insider

Tags: Chick-fil-A, Nacho Cheese, taco bell
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Here’s How You Can Get Free Food At Chick-Fil-A

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Every cow has its day, I guess, and according to Chick-Fil-A, that day is July 12.

The fast-food chain will be celebrating its self-made “Cow Appreciation Day” on that day, and any customer who dresses like a cow will receive a free entree at one of the chain’s 2,000 restaurants nationwide.

“Adult customers who dress in any type of cow attire, whether it’s ‘head-to-hoof’ or sporting a cow-spotted accessory, will be rewarded with a free Chick-fil-A entree of their choice, such as an Original Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap or Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit,” reads the restaurant’s press release.

Additionally, children will receive a free Kid’s Meal if they dress in a cow costume.

“Cow Appreciation Day is the one day where it’s okay to dress ‘udderly’ crazy and get rewarded for it,” said Jon Bridges, Chick-fil-A’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “The event also affords our guests the chance to explore our menu, whether they want to try some of our newer, healthier menu options, such as our Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Grilled Nuggets, or go with a classic favorite like our Original Chicken Sandwich and Chicken Nuggets.”

The celebration will begin when the store opens (you should check your individual store listing for its specific hours), and last all the way through 7 p.m. local time. 

Customers are also invited to visit www.CowAppreciationDay.com and share photos of their costumes on social media by using the hashtag #CowAppreciationDay.

Source: Chick-Fil-A / Photo credit: Chick-Fil-A

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Here’s What This Chick-Fil-A Owner Did When A Homeless Man Walked In (Video)

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An Alabama Chick-fil-A owner is getting national attention for giving a seemingly homeless man a free meal and some gloves to help keep warm in the frigid Birmingham, Alabama, weather.

The man reportedly entered the restaurant this past Wednesday carrying what seemed like everything he owned. “My son and I were at the location on Highway 280 in Birmingham, AL,” witness Andrea Stoker said on Facebook, “when a man came in to escape the 35 degree temps and strong winds with all of his earthly possessions strapped to his back.”

While other restaurants might have asked him to leave, the Chick-fil-A’s owner, Mark Meadows, approached him and began a conversation.

“Yesterday at around 3:30 p.m. a gentleman walked in–I don’t know if he is homeless or not–but he walked up to me and asked if there was anything he could do to earn a little food,” Meadows told AL.com on Thursday. “I asked him if he had a pair of gloves because he kept rubbing his hands together.”

Meadows subsequently instructed an employee to prepare a meal for the man, and then gave him his own pair of gloves. “Most businesses would force him out,” Stoker wrote.

After Stoker wrote about the gesture on the company’s Facebook page, responses began pouring in from around the country. “I know the man and his family…..they are awesome Godly family. Mark is a perfect example of the hands and feet of Christ,” Facebook user Robin Cook commented. “Truett Cathy would be proud of this manager/owner,” another commenter, Larry Carruthers, said.

As it turns out, this isn’t the first time that Meadows has gained national acclaim for a good deed. In January of last year, he distributed hundreds of sandwiches and thousands of chicken biscuits to drivers stuck in the severe snow and ice storm that hit Birmingham and surrounding areas, and left traffic at a dead stop.

Meadows said he was not expecting his generosity to garner so much attention.

“I just did the right thing,” he said. “I’m simply awe struck about all this attention.”

Meadows, who is reportedly a relative of Chick-fil-A owner Truett Cathy, said incidents like the one that went viral happen at his restaurant regularly, and he always strives to lend a hand when he’s able to.

“I did what anyone should do.”

Sources: KATV, AL.com / Photo Credit: AL.com, katv.com

Tags: Alabama, Birmingham, Chick-fil-A, homeless, Mark Meadows
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