Hosting a Board Game Night At Your Bar

Hosting a board game night at your bar can be a fun way to draw in a crowd, particularly if you have nights that are typically slow business nights. If your game nights are special events, be sure to advertise them well so people know to come. Here are a few other tips for using board games to boost your bar business.

Choose Great Games

When you offer games for your bar patrons to play, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. First, choose games that can be completed fairly quickly. Monopoly is probably not a game people would choose to play when going out for the evening. Second, choose a wide variety of games. Some people like classic games like cribbage or backgammon. Others are into fantasy or strategy games. Having plenty of choices means everyone is likely to find something they can enjoy. Also, be sure to have some games that can be played by only two players, and some that can be enjoyed by a large group.

Offer Special Drinks

Once your bar has its liquor license Houston TX in place, you can start planning fun drink offerings. Creating a specialty, game-themed drink for the evening can get everyone in the board game mood. If one of your games is Clue, why not offer a bloody mary, or a specialty cocktail featuring blood orange? A rousing game of Apples to Apples would certainly be improved by an appletini or two. Offering special drink pricing at the beginning of the evening can encourage patrons to arrive early and get settled in.

Host a Competition

Some board games work quite well for a bracket-style tournament. You can plan a quick, one-night competition, or a multi-week series of tournament game nights, culminating in a final victory round. Think of games such as Scrabble or Parcheesi that can be learned easily by most people and require some amount of strategy, rather than just luck. Offering prizes is a sure way to bring in more competitors. Some venues choose to charge an entry fee, and others just count on increased sales for the evening. You can also choose to have teams register in advance, or let people join in at the last minute. Offering team-matching services can help include patrons who don’t already have a team to play with.

Offering your bar customers an evening of board game fun is a great way to increase patronage on an otherwise slow business night. A good selection of games and drinks will keep people coming back for more of both.

HUGE Wine Deal! TWELVE Bottles of Wine for $89 Shipped!

Sometimes I see wine deals and I just shake my head. Sometimes the price on the wine itself is great but then they want to charge a crazy amount for shipping. Then the deal is no longer and deal. They hook people with wine prices and keep quiet on the shipping until you’re filling out your shipping info. I dislike that a lot. I abandon the cart and hope for a better deal down the road.

Splash Wines has an awesome deal that will take advantage of you with the shipping! Get TWELVE, yes TWELVE, bottles of Summer White/ Rosè Wines for $89 plus free shipping. That breaks down to about $7.42 per bottle.

So maybe you’re thinking, yea but what kinds of wines could they be for that price? They probably taste like grape juice with rubbing alcohol. Well they’re gonna throw that thought out the window. Each box has 12 premium wines, including 4 bottles of Gold Medal Winning Chardonnay and Rosè valued at $44 each. All of this for only $7.42 per bottle + FREE SHIPPING.

So maybe the next point would be “but I don’t like Rosè Wines” or “I don’t like white wines” It’s cool, we all have our likes and dislikes. When you order this package you can choose: all white wines, all Rosè Wines, or a mixed case. The choice is yours! This is one of the best wine deals I’ve seen in a while.

There are some state exceptions sadly. Not available to ship in UT, HI, AK, MS, KY, RI, DE and MI. Sorry guys, but thems the rules. Oh and, of course you have to be 21+ years of age to order.

I’m thinking I’m gonna jump on this deal. I buy this and I probably won’t need to buy wine for the rest of the year. Maybe, we’ll see how school goes this year lol.

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National Cheese Lover’s Day With Wisconsin Cheese Monday January 2020

When you think about the US and everything it’s known for, a lot of things come to mind. When you think of Hershey, Pennsylvania, for instance, you might think of chocolate. When you think of Philadelphia you might think of cheesesteaks. When you think of Florida you might think of Disney World or the miles of beautiful beaches. When you think of Wisconsin you might think of the Green Bay Packer or cheese. After all, they do call them cheese heads right?

Wisconsin has earned its reputable name in the cheesemaking industry with a legacy of over 175 years – before Wisconsin was even a state! Differentiating itself from other cheese-loving states, Wisconsin is home to one of only two Master Cheesemaker programs in the WORLD – making it a hub for high quality, top-notch cheese shops and enthusiastic cheese lovers.

Here are just some highlights on our virtual cheese tour through Wisconsin today:

–          Andy Hatch’s Uplands Cheese (Dodgeville, WI)

    Upland farm’s location and layout is specified to curate the most flavorful and fresh cheese by producing cheese in accordance to the season. Cheesemaker Andy Hatch spent years making cheese in Europe before returning home to Wisconsin to create his award-winning varieties.

–          Marieke® Gouda Store & Penterman Farm (Thorpe, WI)

    Known for its’ modern twist on family farming and award-winning Marieke Gouda, created by Master Cheesemaker Marieke Penterman who came to the U.S. from the Netherlands and essentially earned her green card from cheesemaking!

Marieke Penterman Wisconsin Cheesemaker

–          Dane County Farmers’ Market (Madison, WI)

   America’s largest producers-only farmers’ market with specialty products from approximately 275 vendors throughout the year, this is a can’t-miss stop overlooked by the beautiful Capitol building.

–          Emmi Roth Cheese (Monroe, WI)

   Visit the leading provider of specialty cheeses inspired by two distinct cheesemaking regions – Emmi, imported from Switzerland and Roth from the State of Cheese™, Wisconsin!

–          Fromagination Artisan Cheese Store (Madison, WI)

   Iconic WI cheese shop that offers an array of artisanal cheeses and leaving guests with a truly immersed cheese-loving experience.

–          Widmer’s Cheese Cellars (Theresa, WI)

   Operating for more than 80 years, Widmer’s is renowned for producing the finest Brick, Cheddar and Colby cheese in the world. You’ll be greeted by Owner Joe Widmer, the third of three generations of Master Cheesemakers in the Widmer family.

–          Carr Valley Cheese Company (La Valle, WI)

o    Operating for over 100 years, with over 8 locations throughout WI, Carr Valley has won a variety of awards on the basis of tradition and taste. Owned and operated by the Cook family, including Master Cheesemaker Sid Cook who is a fourth-generation cheesemaker.

–          Wisconsin Cheese Mart (Madison and Milwaukee, WI)

    Wisconsin Cheese Mart carries over 150 cheese varieties and ships cheese to all 50 states. Cheese Marts efforts to provide its customers with both quality and quantity does not go unrecognized, as they carry an array of award-winning cheeses.

Julie Hook Wisconsin Cheesemaker

–          Roelli Cheese Haus (Schullsburg, WI)

    Roelli prides itself on four generations of Roelli family cheesemaking. Chris Roelli is a fourth-generation cheesemaker and in 2015, became one of Wisconsin’s distinguished Master Cheesemakers – cranking out over 135,000 lbs. of cheese per year at Roelli Cheese Haus!

The New Buzzword Around Dieting “Mindful Eating” But What Is it?

When you see the term Mindful Eating you might have an idea what it means. I thought I did when I first saw it. I guess I did in a simplified version but the more I learned about it, the more it really opened my mind. It also opened a new door regarding the way I eat.

Over-simplified, mindful eating is being aware of what you’re eating and being aware of what your body actually wants. – Angie Beechan LuvSavingMoney.com

If you’ve tried to follow just about any app, diet plan, or “lifestyle change” program recently you may have heard things like “Are you really hungry or are you actually thirsty?” or “Do you really want that chocolate cake or are you eating it just because it’s there?” Things of that nature. That’s part of it.

If you think the opposite way and think about “mindless eating” one might picture someone sitting in front of a tv throwing down a whole bag of chips. Or grabbing a cookie from the cookie jar every time you go past because it’s become habit. They might not even realize they’re doing it all the time, it’s almost become automatic.

I’ve been learning about mindful eating through Noom but I’m seen it mentioned in several places recently. So mindful eating would become more aware of your habits, your surroundings, and your triggers. Learning to slow down and appreciate your food without preventable distractions such as cell phones and televisions. Learning to appreciate the flavors in your food, the textures, the sources and ingredients. If you’re wondering about lunch with friends or dinner as a family, it’s actually beneficial. Sitting around a table eating and talking rather than sitting wherever you land while playing on your phone. Taking in the atmosphere, the smell from the foods, etc.

So maybe that’s an extreme example but it does help me to slow down and enjoy the food more and appreciate it. It’s not inhaling Doritos while writing a blog post (cough cough I have no idea who used to do that).

Sometimes it’s catching yourself when you mindlessly grab for the cookies on the table and you say to yourself, “ok Ang, you’ve already had a cookie but you’re not really hungry” or “I think I want it because it’s sweet and crunchy, l’ll eat an apple instead.”

So I hope this post has helped you understand the mindful eating buzzword a little better.

I’m Eating Shit on a Shingle and I Like It

As a kid I was raised in a family of 6. I lived in a 1/2 a house (or duplex if you will) in an old mining town. My parents were not rich. My dad had worked for a company called NAVco but kept getting periodically laid off. My mom would occasionally work a minimum wage part-time job here and there. One was at Hills department store. Eventually my dad got a job with the Post Office and things got a little better. I have to say that we always had enough. I never remember being hungry.

Very rarely if at all did we have things like packaged snack cakes, name brand chips, steaks, or roasts or the gimmick treats like dunkaroos or gushers. I remember homemade pizzas, baked mac n’ cheese, honey bread, peanut butter and jelly roll ups, and shit on a shingle. Well we actually didn’t call it that back then. My mom simply called it cream of mushroom soup over toast. My mom didn’t swear much and she didn’t want us to call it that. This was the poor man’s version of shit on a shingle (S.O.S.) . You can find recipes online that actually call for chipped beef and a bunch of ingredients. From my understanding that is the true shit on a shingle but this is the version I grew up with.

I disliked cream of mushroom soup, I preferred cream of chicken soup over toast. BUT, my mom and dad like cream of mushroom soup so that’s what it usually was. I just scraped the mushrooms off and ate it anyway.

I heard it started as a food many service people ate during the war. My grandfather talked about how it was a meal in the mines.

Today I have my own family of 6 but we’re better off than my parents were. I still introduced my kids to S.O.S. and they like it too. It’s not something we have all the time. It’s just one of those things I like when the mood hits.

Have you ever ate S.O.S.?