I was happy to recently attend a launch party for PDQ's new Zucchini Fries. What is PDQ you ask?
P = People
D = Dedicated to
Q = Quality
The original PDQ is called Tenders and was a Chicken Shack near Lake Norman (about 30 minutes north of Charlotte). They used no freezers and no microwaves and kept everything fresh. Bob Basham (founder of Outback Steakhouse) and Nick Reader (Youngest CFO in NFL history) loved the food and concept. They bought Tenders and developed into PDQ which opened about 4 and a half years ago in Tampa FL. We just opened our 54th location since then and are in FL, NC, SC, Nevada, GA, NJ, TX, and AL.
I love the fact that Hillary Hahmann the Carolinas Marketing Manager of PDQ is reaching out to the community in fun educational ways like this party. I like that even at PDQ they call your order by name and your treated as a valued person not just a number. She also told us also about how PDQ this summer will be feeding over 5000 hungry kids in our own area who can't have that meal they once had during school season while out for the summer. For every kids meal you buy at PDQ this summer one meal goes to a kid who is hungry. I say that is FANTASTIC & way to go PDQ!
The party room that PDQ offers is super for get togethers,meetings, birthday parties. I had no idea they even had one until this party! They had each place set for us with cute summer time swag to take home. Hillary even had us play Zucchini triva which I won a gift card! Woohoo. My teenager attended the party with me and she out smarted me in the triva winning the bigger gift card! Way to go Gabby! Reminds me of that show Who's Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? Who's Smarter Than A Teenager was her mantra that night.
There was pretty flowers to wear & a photo booth. So cute. I am not so comfortable doing selfies but it is bound to happen as a blogger. I am learning to not worry about it and just shine who I am as I am.
I learned so much about PDQ at this party as they hosted a tour of the back & showed us how they make the food. How fresh everything is and nothing is processed. I was won over by that. I love that it is ALL fresh foods, in house made sauces & drinks. They even gave us a shot at trying the potato press & making zucchini fries. At the end of the tour we even made our own milk shakes now how cool is that?!
I tried the potato press that was fun. But it was kinda tuff so this guy must have some muscles to do this, wow what a work out!
Now let's talk about the star of the night. The Zucchini fries. All of us agreed they are amazing. They are just the right amount of crispy & not soggy. The flavor is the best and simply keeps you grabbing for more. If you have a PDQ in your area you have got to try these!