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Spice Up Your Company Holiday Party!

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Shake things up a bit this year when it comes to catering the company holiday party. Why stress out over budget cuts, reservations, guest vs no guest whenThe Freshest Taste in Catering you don’t have to? Make it easy for yourself (and enjoyable for your co-workers) by having a party at the office? Spice things up with Garbanzo catering to create the perfect opportunity to re-connect with friends and co-workers. After all, isn’t that what it is all about? Fresh, Authentic Mediterranean is sure to boost company morale and save on the company’s bottom line.

Choosing Garbanzo or not… we want to make things easy and enjoyable for your company holiday planning. So, following are some more company party planning suggestions from about.com.

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Host a lunch event; if dinner, make it business casual.  It is always more cost effective to build the holiday party event catering from a luncheon menu vs. a dinner menu. Not only will this save money, but it usually helps to limit the guests to employees or clients only (no spouses or personal guests) – another way to save on the budget. But if you’re hosting an evening event, formal attire generally means that guests will expect a higher-end food and beverage experience – which will increase overall costs. Make it business casual instead.

Make the holiday party an awards program. Give this year’s holiday party a business focus and emphasize the appreciation message with an optimistic future. This helps to associate the event with more measurable and tangible benefits.

Consider co-opting the holiday event with others. By hosting the holiday party with an association, a professional group, another internal department or even important business partners, this can help defray costs, while providing a lot of networking opportunities.

To learn more about our holiday catering please contact our Regional Catering Sales Manager @ 303.725.0578 – or – visit any Garbanzo location to speak with a manager. Check out our catering menu to get started!

Today we pay tribute to the Garbanzo Bean

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Today is Garbanzo Bean Day, a day that we celebrate the garbanzo bean and its many achievements. We are proud to offer the garbanzo bean as a part of our healthy, nutritious menu offerings. Today , let’s refelct on what the garbanzo bean can do  for us (* everynutrient.com):

  • helps lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels*
  • it is good for diabetics and insulin-resistant individuals*
  • it is an extremely low fat, complete protein food *
  • it is a good source of fiber*

It was also a year a go today that we introduced our very own Mr. Bean – a light-hearted, whitty, humourous bean with a personality all his own. If you never got a chance to check out his series of videos, check them out today…. on Garbanzo Bean Day!

Garbanzo partners with Mocapay for Text Progam launch!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

GARBANZO MEDITERRANEAN GRILL PARTNERS WITH MOCAPAY TO ENHANCE GUEST COMMUNICATIONS THROUGH MOBILE MARKETING
Fast-casual concept will pilot Mocapay’s mobile marketing suite at its University of Denver location

DENVER, COLO. (September 13, 2010) – Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a Denver-based fast-casual restaurant concept offering authentic tastes of the Mediterranean, today announced a strategic partnership with Mocapay, a Denver-based mobile marketing platform that provides merchants with integrated marketing solutions. The partnership will enable Garbanzo to more effectively communicate with guests at its University of Denver (DU) restaurant through mobile marketing.

By leveraging the Mocapay mobile suite, Garbanzo DU guests will have the ability to receive special mobile offers and be entered for select giveaways beginning on September 13. Registering to be a Garbanzo DU text member will not only enable guests to receive exclusive offers and information on their phones, if they register between September 13 and October 29, 2010, they will automatically be entered for a chance to win a throwback snowboard courtesy of Garbanzo DU and Mountain Dew. In order to register and enter to win, Garbanzo DU guests should text “GARBANZO” to 466-622.

“Garbanzo enjoys providing our guests with new and innovative ways of staying connected with the brand and informed of the latest restaurant news, offers and promotions. Our guests are extremely tech savvy, particularly the University of Denver students who frequent our DU location, therefore we wanted to offer them a convenient and interactive promotion that would appeal to their technology-focused lifestyles,” says Alon Mor, Garbanzo founder. “Working with Mocapay will help us enhance our digital program and reach our Garbanzo DU guests in a new and convenient way – mobile.”

Garbanzo offers guests a variety of healthy, high-quality Mediterranean items with an emphasis on flavor, freshness and authenticity. Guests have the ability to customize every meal with items such as pita, laffas, falafel, shwarma, hummus, seasoned rice, sauces and dressings. All Garbanzo salads and sauces are prepared on-site daily and the pita are baked fresh on-site in every restaurant. Additionally, several ingredients are bought locally and some are imported directly from the Mediterranean region. The menu features simple and easy definitions and descriptions of each item in an effort to make guests feel comfortable trying food that may be new to them.

“We are excited to be working with Garbanzo to help them effectively engage with their consumers where they live – mobile,” said Kevin Grieve, CEO of Mocapay. “In today’s digital culture, the ability to reach your consumer through a mobile marketing suite allows merchants to increase loyalty and attract new customers. We look forward to working with the innovative Garbanzo team.”

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About Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill is owned and operated in Colorado. The company’s founder, Alon Mor, grew up in the Mediterranean region and is a 15-year veteran of owning and running restaurants. St. Louis Bread Company/Panera Bread founder Ken Rosenthal also is an owner and co-founder of the company. Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill uses only the freshest, quality ingredients with freshly baked pita and laffas every day. To learn more about Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, visit www.EatGarbanzo.com.

About Mocapay
Mocapay is a mobile platform for innovative merchants that offers an integrated marketing and sales solution to enhance the lifetime value of a customer. The platform addresses these merchants’ need for a new channel that will broaden their loyalty and gift programs by mobilizing sales and marketing to reach customers anytime, not just at the point of sale, encourage purchases and build a stronger brand affinity. Based in Denver, Mocapay is a privately held, venture funded company founded in 2006. For more information, visit www.mocapay.com.

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What is a VIB?

Monday, July 26th, 2010

A VIB is a “Very Important Bean” – to us, that means a really great customer that we have grown to enjoy seeing regulary at our Garbanzo locations. Loyalty goes a long way with us. Loyal fans are our heros. We feel that they deserve a few perks for their commitment. That is why we introduced our VIB Loyalty Club a couple of months ago. This club rewards you for every purchase that you make with us. It’s like we understand what you are saying, you want fresh, authentic quality food and you want to get credit for eating something great for you. We get it, you want it all. The good news, we can give that to you, as our loyal VIB member.

If you haven’t had a chance to become a member yet, now is the perfect time. In addition to the rewards that you will recieve for dining with us, you will also be rewarded right now for purchasing a Garbanzo Greens salad. Check it out on our FB Page .

We look forward to gaining you as a VIB very soon!

Where have you Bean??

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Now that Summer is here, we know that you are going to be out and about with family and friends. We want you to “Share Where You Have Bean” with us, by downloading our Garbanzo icon, “Mr. Bean” and taking a picture with it wherever you are. Then, upload your picture to our Fan photo page on Facebook to share with everyone.

Our bulk to-go selection is perfect for family gatherings or fun summer picnics! So have some fun while enjoying great fresh, authentic Mediterranean this summer and share with us!

Download your Mr. Bean image here and take it with you for your photo opportunity.

Behind the scenes as our Highlands Square location opens.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Friday, April 23, is just hours away and we are greatly looking forward to our Grand Opening. Eight locations later, we have this down to a science, but it does still get a little nutty on Grand Opening. The place will be packed. There will be news crews, balloons, contests galore, and just general craziness. We just can’t wait. For this one, musical guest Henry Howard will even join us! Our crew is already working hard to be sure everything goes smoothly and all of our guests have a wonderful time. Soon, the amazing smell of our handmade pitas will be in the air. We look forward to seeing you for our Grand Opening and the many, many days that follow. Enjoy this sneak peak video into our new location.

Lots of Garbanzo jokesters got a good laugh. One of them will also get free lunch with four of their friends.

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Tons of people emailed us their funniest April’s Fools joke (we can’t thank you enough for the laughs) and we’ve narrowed it down to our 10 favorites. Now it’s time for you to share in the fun. Click here to vote on your favorite prank before 4.30.10. Rank your choice of 5 jokes from least favorite to favorite. The joke that gets the most “Wow, that is the best prank ever” votes wins the jokester lunch for four of their friends at Garbanzo.

We are your friend with BENEFITS

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

We just introduced our new loyalty club last week to help reward those of you who frequent Garbanzo. So, when you think about it we are like your friend with benefits, we don’t ask you to do anything more than you are already doing (eating at Garbanzo) and then we give you free stuff for doing what you already do. If only everything were that easy.

The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines the word loyal as: :faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product. So, the loyalty club seemed like a perfect name for the group of our great customers who continue to enjoy fresh Mediterranean cuisine day after day. We do want to add you to the elite group of valued customers and thank you for your continued support.

Try out the loyalty club and see if you enjoy the benefits (no long term commitment necessary, although we hope you will stick around - just an appetite for fresh food).

Just pick up your loyalty card at any Garbanzo location, and then activate it by filling out the registration form at any location or on our website by clicking on the VIB tab.

Welcome to our Bean Blog

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Our new Bean Blog is your place to meet other Garbanzo fans like yourself, find out about “behind the scenes” events, new product roll-outs, new stores and so much more.