Tips and Tricks for Your Thanksgiving Turkey – New Orleans style!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and there is a lot of delicious cooking to be done! For many people, the turkey is the most important part of the Thanksgiving meal, and we want everyone to know that we are sharing our New Orleans tradition with everyone! Our Cajun fried turkeys are a great addition to any Thanksgiving feast!

Since our Atlanta opening, 15 years ago, we have been frying turkeys for families all over Atlanta. In the last 15 years we have sold more than 20,000 of our Cajun fried turkeys here in Atlanta.

In the spirit of the holiday, we want to give all of our readers a few tips from Copeland’s Atlanta CEO Bill Goudey for cooking these turkeys at home.

  • Thaw the bird for two day and drain it completely.
  • Inject with poultry seasonings and marinade for 24 hours, then cook in 350°F peanut oil.
  • Make sure the turkey is dry before placing it into the oil, so that the oil will keep from sparking.
  • Turn off the flame when you put the turkey in or you could get burned!
  • Watch to make sure the pot does not boil over and is protected at all times.
  • It only takes 45 minutes to cook a 12-14 pound turkey, but the instructions are the most important tool.
  • When using a recipe, study the ingredients. If you see something in the ingredients that you and your family do not like or can not use, then try to think of another ingredient.

To watch us prepare one of our Cajun fried turkeys, be sure to check out the video of our Managing Partner Glen Helmstetter’s turkey demonstration!

Our Cajun fried turkeys are available from the catering and Holiday Specials menu at both Copeland’s of New Orleans locations in Atlanta for the holidays and year-round. Don’t forget to visit our website from more information         (www.CopelandsAtlanta.com)!

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Copeland’s of New Orleans – Atlanta: 15 Years in the Making

Copelands15YearIn 1998, Copeland’s of New Orleans – Atlanta franchise was just starting out, but now in 2013 we are excited to celebrate our 15th Anniversary with all of our guests! The celebration will be in three parts (every month from now until our true anniversary date!). For the first part of our celebration we are bringing back the National Cheesecake Day promotion that everyone loved so much! All day on Tuesday, October 15 we will be offering buy one, get one free offers on our delicious cheesecakes to celebrate the first installment of our 15th Anniversary!

If you are excited for our 15th Anniversary cheesecake day, then you are really going to be excited for what we have in store for Friday, November 15. I’ll give you a hint…its in honor of New Orleans’ most famous holiday…MARDI GRAS! We will be hosting a Mini Mardi Gras celebration for the second installment of our anniversary celebration. We’ll have food and drink features as well as a Live Jazz Band.

The third, and probably most exciting, installment of our celebration is the December celebration, which is the true 15th Anniversary. On December 2, 1998 Copeland’s Restaurant opened its Cumberland location doors for the first time! Now 15 years later we are having a party to celebrate! Keep in touch for more details through our Loyal Customer Club.

Be on the look out for upcoming details for our Mini Mardi Gras and Anniversary Party! See you on October 15 for our special anniversary cheesecake day!

Jazz Roots Atlanta Returns for its 2nd Season!

Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series presented by KIA returns to the Cobb Energy Centre for the 2013-2014 season. The first of the five Jazz Roots concerts will be A Tribute to Ella, Joe & Basie featuring Kevin Mahogany, Janis Siegel & the Count Basie Orchestra TODAY (Wednesday, September 25, 2013). Copeland’s is offering a “FREE Entrée” with the purchase of a second entrée to any ticket holders attending the show on Sept. 25th.  Please present your ticket to receive this special offer.  The first 20 guests will receive a complimentary parking pass for the Cobb Energy Centre.

Copeland’s of New Orleans is excited to announce our continued sponsorship of Jazz Roots this year and would like to invite all of our friends to enjoy the special Copeland’s discount this year! When purchasing your tickets to each show remember to use the promo code “Copeland’s” to receive a 10% discount at the Cobb Energy Centre’s box office or at TicketMaster.com. We are also going beyond the discount and including a Copeland’s of New Orleans $25 dining gift card with the purchase of the Season Tickets packages.

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The 2013-2014 Jazz Roots season will include “A Tribute to Ella, Joe & Basie” on September 25, 2013; “A Night in Rio” on October 26, 2013; “Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2013” on December 2, 2013; “New Orleans!” on January 30, 2014; and “Georgia On My Mind: A Salute to Ray Charles” on February 26, 2013.

Copeland’s will be hosting a special event, featuring Local Jazz musicians,  prior to the “New Orleans!” concert featuring Aaron Neville & Dirty Dozen Brass Band on Thursday, January 30, 2014 so be sure to mark your calendars and check back for details of that event!

Saints Season 2013 at Copeland’s Atlanta: A Season of RedemSEAN

 

Calling all Saints fans! We will be watching EVERY Saints game here at Copeland’s (yes, including the untelevised games!) and we really hope you can join us!

Try to contain your excitement for the 2013 season. As many of you already know, this year marks the return of Coach Sean Payton. After being suspended for “Bounty Gate,” Coach Payton is sure to return in style and take the Saints all the way to another shot at the Super Bowl in February 2014 in New York City.

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Bill Goudey, CEO of Copeland’s of New Orleans in Atlanta, said “We love bringing New Orleans to Atlanta; we do it with food and ambiance throughout the year. To be able to bring Saints football to Copeland’s is very special.”

Make us your home away from home with the Saints 2013 season! Our Cumberland location (Saints Headquarters in Atlanta) is proud to be hosting our 7th season of New Orleans Saints football. Thank you to all of you who kicked off the season with us for our rival the Atlanta Falcons, on Sunday, September 8 (which I am pleased to say was a satisfying victory!). Come out and be a part of the action with great food and drink specials, our New Orleans Live Jazz Sunday Brunch Buffet and our 100-inch HD Projection Screen TV!

Mark your calendars for our next match up on Sunday, September 15 at 4 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! Never forget a game by downloading the Saints 2013-2014 season calendar!

We are Celebrating National Cheesecake Day!

By Melanie Beal

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Who doesn’t like cheesecake? Especially on National Cheesecake Day?! Well, we like celebrating holidays and even though this one is a consumer holiday we enjoying celebrating it none-the-less. 

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Copeland’s of New Orleans – Atlanta Franchise, is participating in the celebration of National Cheesecake Day and we encourage you to swing by to enjoy it! We are offering a BOGO (buy one, get one) special on our slices of cheesecake ALL DAY on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in celebration of this delicious holiday! We are also offering $10 off when you purchase a whole cheesecake. You definitely do not want to miss out on such an appetizing deal! Both of our Atlanta locations will be serving up double orders of our famous cheesecakes in celebration. 

Now really, who doesn’t like cheesecake? Let’s celebrate!

Supporting Brides at the Georgia Bridal Show

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By Shiyra Saddoff

Copeland’s of New Orleans – Atlanta will be a vendor at the Georgia Bridal Show in support of all the soon-to-be brides this Sunday, July 28, 2013at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta from 12pm-5pm. We want to personally open up our doors of service to any bride looking for delicious catering or a venue for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and receptions. We have been honored to serve many soon-to-be brides with our food and venue in the past — It’s a joy to make a bride’s dream come true!

One of our recent visitors was a soon-to-be bride Taylor Thomas and her fiancé Jaz Vick who wanted to celebrate their engagement here at Copeland’s with their bridal party. Right after their engagement in May 2013, they came to enjoy a meal and start planning for their big day! “Copeland’s was the perfect place to celebrate my engagement. The food was amazing and the restaurant is great for a big bridal party!” We hope to help many more soon-to-be brides by offering our food and services at the bridal show.

This South’s Elite Bridal Event has been running for 23 years and is one of the biggest wedding events in the South. Soon-to-be brides are able to meet face to face with wedding professionals and find everything they need to create the wedding of their dreams! You will be able to see photographers’ pictures, taste samples of cakes and foods from the caterers, see future gown and tuxedo designs on the fashion show runway, find music and flower selections, and ideas for a registry and honeymoon spot!

You can also experience the South’s most famous bridal fashion show production at 4:00pm with professional models, dancers, recording artists and live entertainment! There is also a chance to win an all-inclusive honeymoon trip and a free subscription to Brides Magazine for many more wedding ideas and resources. In addition to getting lots of great ideas and seeing the latest trends, you will be able to save time and money while also having fun! Come join Copeland’s at the Georgia Bridal Show this Sunday at 12pm and create the wedding of your dreams.

Come visit us at the Georgia Bridal Show this Sunday!

CURE it with a Coin Toss at Copeland’s!

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Left to right: Glen Helmstetter, managing partner of Copeland’s of New Orleans – Atlanta; Kristin Connor, executive director of CURE; April Voris, board chair of CURE; and Bill Goudey, CEO of Copeland’s of New Orleans – Atlanta.

A Rewarding Partnership

By Shiyra Sadoff

Since the summer of 2011,  Copeland’s of New Orleans-Atlanta Franchise (Copeland’s  Atlanta)  has been a big booster of  CURE Childhood Cancer, which is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research and support of patients and their families.

In 2012 Copeland’s placed a plaque on the outside fountain of its two restaurants–at Cumberland and Kennesaw–that dedicates all change in the fountain to CURE Childhood Cancer. As they enter and exit the two restaurants, customers get involved with CURE as well by tossing coins that  impact CURE families. When you make a wish, you’re answering the wishes of a CURE family!

Since 2011, the restaurants have partnered with CURE as an Open Arms at Lunch sponsor by providing and serving lunches several times a year, including Thanksgiving day. Open Arms is a program in which weekly meals are delivered to the CURE children and families in the Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Scottish Rite Hospitals. These meals help bring a sense of home and comfort to patients and their families.  During Christmas, gift certificates for Copeland’s famous Cajun Fried Turkeys are donatedto CURE families outside the hospitals.

In 2012 and 2013, Copeland’s donated 20% of the proceeds from a Saturday brunch at the two restaurants on the week before Easter, which raised almost $2200.00.  Last September, it provided restaurant gift cards to the mothers at CURE’s Quiet Heroes luncheon.

Bill Goudey, CEO of Copeland’s Atlanta franchise, says that what makes him so dedicated to this cause is, “Seeing your own kids that you are caring for and hoping that they never have to go through that.” This cause is very close to Bill’s heart as he has two young children and also lost his parents to cancer as well. The common goal to fund cancer research has given Copeland’s and CURE a strong bond and the motivation to work together.

Copeland’s goes out of its way to make sure that CURE families are taken care of. Lisa Branch, Director of Patient Services at CURE, stated that, “Our patients and their families are grateful for each meal and CURE is grateful to wonderful restaurants like Copeland’s who are making a difference for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer.”

Feel free to toss a coin during your visit to Copeland’s and help us make their wishes come true!