CPK New Menu Items
California Pizza Kitchen is Rolling Out new Guest-Inspired Menu on August 27th
This is really just a response to guest feedback.
-Mark Dion, Regional Manager for CPK
Wednesday,I went over to Town Square to check out The California Pizza Kitchen. The people over at Bread and Butter Media invited me to attend a tasting of CPK’s new menu items.
Although not one of these items is something I would typically order at any restaurant, the new dishes happened to be very good. Not a pizza seen among them.
The CPK new menu items are a response to feedback from the public, and a move to bring California Pizza Kitchen back to the front of our cerebral cortex.
Let’s face it, CPK has been teetering on “Macachilibee’s” status for a minute now. On the flip side of that coin, one has to respect their longevity thus far.
Apparently, what the public wants is fresh and healthy, but familiar. California Pizza Kitchen pulled this off seamlessly. Nothing will throw you for a loop, but the creative twists and flavor combinations are a solid update to some familiar favorites.
They even sneaked some quinoa into the new salad which will be part of the August 27th menu premiere.
If you’re looking for a fresh and healthier-ish alternative, or just want to try something different from an old stand-by, I would recommend giving these new CPK menu items a shot.
They drop August 27th at a California Pizza Kitchen near you.
One thing is for certain: You’d be hard pressed to find a more awesome staff than the stellar people who work at CPK in Town Square. I know they were on their best behavior because it was a media event, but I also know the difference between BS and genuine.
Truth be told, I observed awesome guest focus from everyone I had contact with. From the floor staff, all the way up to the district manager. Everybody was all smiles and eager to make the guests happy.
In fact, Jesse, the GM, offered to replace all of my dishes because he was concerned they had gotten cold while I was chatting with one of the gals from Bread and Butter. The regional manager, Mark Dion, exhibited the same kind of eagerness to please and couldn’t have been more helpful.
In fact, I kinda got the impression that they don’t really tolerate unsatisfied guests walking out of there.
Rachel and Brandon were the superstars on the scene for the tasting. Remember those names. They’re a couple of Hard Rock servers and I hope they got paid something extra than their hourly wage for this event because some invitees to the free tasting didn’t leave them any money.
The CPK new menu items tasting was being treated like a “media” event and, I assume, that the invitees who did attend are very low on the media totem pole, e.g., bloggers like me.
Bad form, fellow bloggers, and a wave of the social finger to you on behalf of Rachel and Brandon.
Let’s move on to some funny stuff.
It’s not the 90′s anymore and, for some reason, oafish barefoot dudes who have violin players in their bands no longer sell records to kids, i.e., Matthews means squat to the people who really buy music.
Besides, Dave Matthews’ audience no longer has time for concerts and records. They’re all growed up now, and too busy watching “Breaking Bad,” or trying to convince the teacher that their kid is a genius.
What do you do when you’re in such a predicament?
- Pull off the pretentious turnpike and in to your vineyard.
- Hire someone who knows what they’re doing.
- Pretend you’re a wine maker.
- Throw your name on the label of supermarket vino.
- Make a lot of media noise about the wine previous to the release of your new album.