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 Preferred Guest Club – One of the Best Around!

 

If you want to join one of the top guest clubs in Atlanta, take a look at Copeland’s! They have one of the most popular preferred guest clubs because they make it a priority! With 25,000 guests, it is their goal to provide their preferred guests with all the latest news, promotions, and specials at Copeland’s year round.

Copeland’s began their Loyal Customer Club in 2000 by gathering the names and emails of their biggest fans. “We needed a way to communicate and make offers to our biggest fans that we can’t make to the general public”, said CEO Bill Goudey. Since 2000, Copeland’s has been dedicated to serving their preferred guest club by utilizing email to provide them with birthday and anniversary gifts, buy one get one free offers, and all the latest news about Copeland’s in Atlanta. “We are proud that so many invite us into their inbox every month to see what is going on and to take advantage of our offers we reserve for this exclusive group”, said CEO Bill Goudey.

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Copeland’s also prides itself on the integrity of the company. One thing you can be sure of is the security of your privacy. Copeland’s makes sure to reassure guests of the privacy policy and the commitment to keep all information confidential and used only for the Copeland’s preferred guest club. CEO Bill Goudey tells his guests, “We are committed to our guests’ privacy and take their confidence in sharing their personal e-mail addresses with us very seriously.”

It has been 13 years since Copeland’s started the Preferred Guest Club and it has already grown to over 25,000 guests! Obviously Copeland’s is doing something right. They consistently make guests feel welcomed and appreciated; No wonder so many people sign up for more! Come visit Copeland’s of Atlanta and check out the Preferred Guest Club for an even greater experience the next time you visit- you won’t be disappointed!

 

We Had A Blast On Fat Tuesday!!

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Atlanta residents could not have gotten closer to an authentic New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration than our “Mardi Gras Madness” on Fat Tuesday.

Our patrons were not disappointed as our staff pulled out all the stops to make our’s the most talked about, and remembered party around!

As soon as guests entered the beautiful double doors, they were exposed to all the glitz and glamour that one would expect from such a party, and we took the lavishness to an all new level. Everywhere you looked there were vibrantly colored decorations – from the streamers on the walls, to the ornaments on the ceiling. One could not help but be in awe of our costumed employees and patrons, the smell of bona fide Creole grub, beads passed out from all corners, and the extraordinary sounds from the Crescent City Connection – the traditional New Orleans street band we hired to entertain the guests for the evening.

Taking in the entirety of the scene, it’s no wonder that our guests stayed for hours to dance their hearts out, order plenty of famous New Orleans style drinks, and second helpings of our famous Creole crawfish, shrimp, and of course the delicious and infamous King Cake.

Sisters Marion and Kelli Welsh, New Orleans natives and 6-year Mardi Gras celebration attendees, say “This is our home away from home, as well as many other New Orleans transplants in Atlanta after Katrina. If we’re not in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, we make plans to celebrate at here.” They say their favorite tradition is our King Cake, served every year as a special dessert. They also say that we offer the best Mardi Gras party in the Atlanta area – never again will they go anywhere else to celebrate!

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The Crescent City Connection – traditional New Orleans street jazz band!

Come Celebrate Mardi Gras With Us!!!

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Mardi Gras is just around the corner and we have mastered the fun-filled holiday!

On Fat Tuesday, February 12, our 2 locations in Kennesaw (1142 Barrett Parkway West) and Cumberland (3131 Cobb Parkway S.E.) will host the most authentic Mardi Gras celebration in Atlanta!!!!   DONT MISS IT!!!! 

Once a French tradition, Mardi Gras was brought to New Orleans in 1699 and is now celebrated across the United States with masked balls, parties and parades. This year, we are keeping the tradition alive by offering live jazz, costumed patrons, beads and a new menu for the event.

Entrees will include boiled shrimp and crawfish platters as well as Copeland’s traditional Cajun and creole dishes and drink specials, including New Orleans’ famous Hurricanes.

Sisters Marion and Kelli Welsh are New Orleans natives and have not missed our party for the last  6 years! They say, “This is our home away from home, as well as many other New Orleans transplants in Atlanta after Katrina. If we’re not in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, we make plans to celebrate at Copeland’s.” They say their favorite tradition is our King Cake, served every year as a special dessert. They also say that we offer the best Mardi Gras party in the Atlanta area – never again will they go anywhere else to celebrate!

We will feature live jazz from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and both of our locations will be open until 10:00 p.m.

Come on Over and PAR-TAY with us!

IT’S JUST ABOUT TIME FOR CRAWFISH

Atlanta has been in the mother natures icebox for several months now and it seems like South Louisiana is in the same boat. I could spend this whole blog talking about why I want the weather to warm up but one of the main reasons is for those tasty little creatures that inhabit the swamps of South Louisiana to start moving around so they can be caught. Mid January every year I go on “Crawfish Alert”.

I make a couple phone calls every week to the purveyors we use in Louisiana and have gotten the same answer- very scarce right now but soon. AH soon, I can’t wait- I don’t get my official Crawfish Jones until mid February but I am ready to see some more movement now.

I don’t think that there is an official crawfish season but there are certain milestones in every year for the crawfish.

1.   The first crawfish of the season in Louisiana- This has already happened but does us no good in Atlanta as all are sold locally. Sometimes this can happen as soon as New Year, generally it is right after New Year. The price is very expensive, the supply is limited and the crawfish are really small.

2.   Plentiful Supply- This happens every year in mid February (this is when we are targeting getting the crawfish for Copeland’s in Atlanta) The price stays high but at least they are available.

3.   Good Supply and Price goes down- This is after Mardi Gras and before Easter- You will see some price spikes around the holidays (big demand at these times) but the crawfish has a good size and price is going to settle down if it is a normal season.

4.   Lowest price of the year- My favorite time, right after Mothers Day- Crawfish are large, price is good and basically unlimited supply!!

5.   It gets to hot and crawfish get hard- When summer sets it and the sun beats on the ponds and swamps all day the crawfish start to get hard and tough to eat.

I am thinking that mid February we will have Hot Boiled Crawfish on Fridays at all 3 Atlanta Copeland’s but stayed tuned and we will update you. Until then, get your propane tanks and burners ready- They are almost here!!

What is your favorite seasonal food??

Free Lunch For TWO at Copeland’s Atlanta Restaurant

You read it right!  This is our greatest promotion of the year.

How would you like to win SIX months of FREE lunch (For TWO) from any Atlanta area Copeland’s Of New Orleans Restaurant? (First Prize)

How would you like to win THREE months of FREE lunch (For TWO) from any Atlanta area Copeland’s Of New Orleans Restaurant? (Second Prize)

How would you like to win a FREE two hundred dollar ($200.00) gift certificate valid at any Atlanta area Copeland’s Of New Orleans Restaurant? (Third Prize)

Sound to good to be true? Well it’s not. This is our way of saying THANKS for connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, You Tube, etc.

What do you have to do you ask? Simple….

Shoot a video of you, your friends, your spouse, whom ever you usually bring to Copeland’s with you for great food, talking about your best experience at an Atlanta area Copeland’s of New Orleans Restaurant. You can sing a song, create a dance, or just speak from the heart. You can even shoot your video from our restaurant while dinning. (PLEASE understand that all content MUST BE rated G. Any video sent to us that we deem inappropriate will not be considered).

Now that you have a video, upload it to YOUR You Tube Channel, send us the link (the url at the top of the You Tube page) at eat@copelandsatlanta.com and we will review your video.  If your video is approved, we will share it on our Facebook account and Tweet it out to our followers.  On a side note, if you would like, please send us a friend request via You Tube. We will make sure to FRIEND you back:)))

Once we have reviewed your video we will reply to you that we have received your video and whether or not it is eligible for the contest. REMEMBER…your video must be rated G. Any video that is not deemed G will be refused.

Video will be judged on originality, content, creativity, sincerity, and how well it shows what Copeland’s means to you.  When you think of Copeland’s Restaurant’s, what do we mean to you?  Please share it with us.

Best of luck to anyone who enters and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Winners will be picked November 15th, 2010

LEGAL TERMS and CONDITIONS:

Lunch offer will start the week of announcement and stop on the week of the sixth month or third month. This promotion can not be combined with any other offer.

Winner will receive one free luncheon entree per week for the specified time frame.  Includes coffee, tea or soda with lunch.  Does not include dessert or appetizers.

Winners can order from LUNCH menu ONLY and award is valid Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Not valid on Sunday.  Dine in only.

If a free lunch is missed durning one week, that lunch is lost.   Non transferable.

Valid at the following store locations ONLY:
  • Buckhead – 3365 Piedmont Road, Atlanta,
  • Cumberland – 3131 Cobb Pkwy S.E. Atlanta,
  • Kennesaw – 1142 Barrett Parkway NW, Kennesaw.

An Atlanta Boy’s New Orleans Rite of Passage

fried-shrimpI have lived in Atlanta for close to 13 years but New Orleans will always be home to me. I don’t think that will be the case for my 9 (soon to be 10) year old son Matthew. He was born and is being raised in Atlanta and isn’t bombarded like I was with regional sense of values as it pertains to food and cooking like I was growing up.

This weekend we did something spur of the moment that was going to be a rite of passage for him, whether he realized it or not. I think for 90% of Americans eating like a modern-day New Orleanian is a special occasion, which begs the question what is a special meal for a New Orleanian??

I don’t think any region in the country has the culinary calendar that New Orleans has, from Sunday Jazz Brunches, Revillon Dinners and Crawfish Boils we adhere to the unwritten calendar better than the ancient Mayans. I decided that we would have a shrimp and soft shell crab fry on Saturday night and Matthew was going to help to me fry the seafood.

My wife’s parents live in Atlanta having moved to Duluth after Katrina in 2005 and have really helped to solidify Atlanta as home. They were going to come over but before they arrived, Matthew and I would have to do the preparation for this event – his first seafood fry!!

We peeled the 5 lbs of 21/25 Shrimp without incident.  At some point he will have to pick up his speed in this regard but he did a fine job of taking the shells off of the beautiful white gulf shrimp.

He got antsy during the peeling but stayed on task as we talked the Braves, the Saints, and his upcoming season in fall baseball. After the shrimp were peeled we had to get the flour ready along with the egg wash and start the grease.

We have an electric fryer which is wonderful to fry the shrimp in compared to the pots of oil that I learned with. There is no need to be innovative when frying shrimp and softshells- I go by the same recipe that my Grandmother and Father showed me when I was Matthew’s age, season the flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and a dash of cayenne pepper, never over power the taste of the seafood with over seasoning the flour.

As I explained in painstaking detail how to season the flour (a sprinkle of this and a dash of that) I really started to lose Matthew’s attention. I still had hope as we were getting close to the fun part, frying the shrimp and crabs.

We fried the soft shells first, and under coating of plain flour egg wash (2 eggs in a quart of milk mixed up with a wire whip – My Grandmother probably flipped in her grave that I used skim milk!) then our perfectly seasoned flour.

The fryer fit 3 soft shells that started to float after a few minutes then were ready to come out. Now it was Matthew’s turn, he was very diligent about flouring the crabs, it took a while but he did a good job. He was concerned that the flour had caked up on his hand, he quickly grabbed the towel and tried to get as much off as he could.

I held the basket as he set in each crustacean. I gave the basket over to him and he set it in the grease. This is where I lost him, a violent rumbling of grease popped a few stray drops into the air in his direction, he looked at me like I was asking him to walk across hot coals. I understood his hesitation and did the frying for the rest of the evening.

He proudly brought each batch in for his Grandparents Mother and Aunt to eat, after we were finished he sat down and enjoyed his shrimp. I think he will remember this rite of passage, at least I hope he does with as fond of memories as I have of the evening. This is the type of meal that is special to a New Orleanian, one that is centered around family and unwritten rules that are passed along from generation to generation.

It is time for you to start your own tradition at Copeland’s in Atlanta – our new menu is in full swing with the best most innovative dishes Atlanta has to offer!!

Who were you with when you cooked your first meal for your family??