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J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

J. Christopher's adopts 16 families for the holidays

(WXIA) -- J. Christopher's announced Monday it has "adopted" 16 families to give them the holiday of their dreams.

Every year, the restaurant chain helps the communities it serves by providing families in need with household goods, toys, books and school supplies. Customers have the option of giving gifts and donations to the cause.

This season's Adopt-a-Family campaign began Friday, Nov. 21. Participating locations and the schools their adopted families' children attend include:

J. Christopher's offering $5 waffles all week

J. Christopher's offering $5 waffles all week

(WXIA) -- Sunday, Aug. 24 is National Waffle Day, and all J. Christopher's locations will throw a weeklong celebration to recognize the holiday.

From Aug. 25-29, J. Christopher's customers can order their choice of Red White & Blue, Belgian, Cinnamon Pecan, Bacon or Strawberry waffles for only $5.

Visit jchristophers.com to find your nearest location.

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

Mellow Mushroom to celebrate 40th anniversary with 1974 prices

ATLANTA -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating its 40th birthday Wednesday by offering some items on its menu at 1974 prices.

The restaurant, which was founded in Atlanta by Georgia Tech students, says on its Facebook page that it is celebrating with a Way Out Wednesday Party.

As part of the celebration, one customer will win a trip to Amsterdam.

Special pricing is offered on these items:

  • Small cheese pizza: $2.50
  • Bud Light: 75 cents
  • Michelob: 75 cents
  • PBR: 75 cents
  • Coca-Cola products: 30 cents

The restaurant chain says prices are for one day only. The small cheese pizza offer has a limit of one per guest, dine-in only, with additional ingredients at current menu price.

Cheesecake Factory hosts #SayCheesecake contest

Cheesecake Factory hosts #SayCheesecake contest

(WXIA) -- Wednesday is National Cheesecake Day, and the Cheesecake Factory is recognizing the much-celebrated holiday with a selfie contest.

Customers who post photos with the hashtag #SayCheesecake will be entered in the contest. Preregistration is required; visit cheesecakefactory.com for more information.

The contest runs July 30 and 31. The public can vote for the best photos Aug. 4-10.

One grand prize winner will receive $4,000, while nine first place winners will get $100 eGift Cards.

The Cheesecake Factory will also offer half-price slices of cheesecake July 30 and 31.

Mellow Mushroom launches spicy Up in Smoke menu

Mellow Mushroom launches spicy Up in Smoke menu

(WXIA) -- Mellow Mushroom is celebrating summer with a "hot" new menu. The Up in Smoke offerings are inspired by the spicy flavors of chipotle and poblano peppers.

The pizza chain's restaurants will serve Up in Smoke items through Sunday, July 27.

The menu includes a vegetarian tortilla soup, the Holy Mole Hoagie (a sandwich featuring chicken, poblano peppers and Mexican mole sauce), a shrimp calzone and salad, and Mel's Fattie, which is a giant flour tortilla filled with chicken, cheese and caramelized onions.

Mellow Mushroom's Up in Smoke featured pizza is the Fully Blazed Chicken Mole Pie, which has a mole sauce base and is topped with grilled chicken, caramelized onions, the chain's signature mushroom trio, and mozzarella and feta cheeses.

There is also a dessert offering -- the Psychadelic Cookie Sundae, which is a giant cookie served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

Marlow's Tavern hosting Grilling Recipe Contest

Marlow's Tavern hosting Grilling Recipe Contest

(WXIA) -- Entries are currently being accepted for this year's Marlow's Tavern Grilling Recipe Contest.

Professional and backyard grillers alike are invited to enter their best dishes. Recipes may be submitted through Friday, Aug. 1.

Marlow's Tavern co-founder and executive chef John C. Metz will reveal the winners during a party at the restaurant chain's Dunwoody location on Saturday, Sept. 6. The grand prize winner will receive a Big Green Egg, while the second and third place prizes are Marlow's gift cards for $200 and $100, respectively.

Visit marlowstavern.com for more information about the contest. The Dunwoody restaurant is located in the Dunwoody Village shopping center at 1317 Dunwoody Village Parkway.

Panera swears off artificial ingredients

Panera swears off artificial ingredients

NEW YORK -- Panera says it will remove artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives from its food by 2016, a reflection of the growing distaste people are showing for such ingredients.

The chain of bakery cafes, which has about 1,800 U.S. locations, is making the pledge as part of a "Food Policy" it is unveiling Tuesday that outlines its commitment to "clean" and "simple" ingredients.

The announcement comes at a time when Panera Bread Co. is facing slowing sales growth and working to jumpstart its business.

It also underscores how positioning foods as natural has become a marketing advantage, regardless of whether it brings any nutritional benefits.