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!

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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!

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??

Thanks to Bobby and All of America’s Heroes

The first half of the first year of the new decade has flown by and we are on the cusp of the Fourth of July. I used to think about Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington and the rest of our Founding Fathers when July 4th rolled around. Not anymore.

I will still watch a ton of History Channel programs the next few days, try and get some facts about the Revolutionary War that I didn’t know before, but it won’t be my main thought. My main thought will be the young Men and Women who are serving our military overseas and are in harms way. My main thought will be with my nephew Bobby and the other heroes who are keeping our freedom secured right now.

I turned 18 in 1981 when the military was not needed in this country. I was happy to go register for the selective service but had no intention of joining any branch of the military. I went to the University of New Orleans, worked in restaurants and planned the rest of my life. I had no idea what it meant to lay your life on the line for your country or how anxious family members of the young men and women overseas feel every day that their loved ones are in harms way.

That all changed when my Brother Roy’s oldest son, Bobby, decided to join the Marines in 2005. Bobby was 22 or so when he decided to join The Marines. He signed up before Hurrican Katrina and went into basic training during the aftermath of the storm.

When I found out that he was going into the Marines I had my doubts. I worked with him doing catering and restaurant work long enough to know that he was very observant but questioned every decision made that affected him. This trait led to him loosing a job with Louisiana Power and Light over who should get repair service first. I didn’t think this was a good fit for him to join The United States Marine Corps!!

Bobby was the oldest person in his Basic Training Class and he prospered. He seemed to take to The Marines like a duck to water. I spoke to him a couple of times and he was transformed into a new person, into a Marine!!

Bobby has served several tours overseas and has come back fairly unscathed either physically or mentally each time. I think he may be a lifer. He loves it …he loves being a Marine, he loves our Country and he loves serving to keep us free and safe.

Bobby and his wife Katie spent a night with us in Atlanta a couple of years ago when they were on their way to New Orleans from North Carolina, I was amazed at his war stories, told not in a braggadocios manner, but in a calm matter of fact manner that indicated he would prefer not to share those experiences but did so out of respect for his uncle who was fascinated by them.

When Sunday comes around and I head for Copeland’s in Buckhead to work our Brunch, my thoughts will be with all of brave young men and women who are serving to keep us safe and free. I will go with my family to the Duluth City Fireworks on Saturday and to the Atlanta Braves game on Sunday with a great fireworks display after the game. I will look at my children and know that for now its a great show to them, but in time they’ll better understand why the fireworks are really going off.

We live in a free country but that freedom comes at a price in both physical loss and mental anguish for  the members of the military and their families. Take a moment this July 4th to think about all we have as a country, how God has truly blessed us like he has no country in the history of the planet. Then thank the next young man or young woman you see who is serving in our military. They truly make our country the “home of the brave”.

Happy July 4th!!

New Orleans Saints Super Bowl Celebration at Copeland’s Atlanta

Living in New Orleans, The Saints have permeated every aspect of life from the time I can remember. In 1980, as a sophomore in High School, I watched every game that was on TV and listened to the others on radio, even as the Saints plunged to 0-14.  It is amazing the detail that I can remember.

Saints vs. Jets, the only national TV game the Saints would play that year. As I watched the snow falling on the TV my father just shook his head that I was living and dying with every play of an 0-14 team. Truth be told, he was watching and pulling as hard as I was for the Saints to win at least one game in the horrible season, he just wouldn’t admit it.

I didn’t understand at the time how being responsible for a family, having a job (he was on the New Orleans Police Department) tempers the degree that you can feel hurt or feel joy with your sports team, but my Father was as happy as I was after that game. We loved to watch the games together. The first and only argument I can remember my parents having in front of me was about me staying up late to watch Monday Night Football. My Mom wanted me in bed for 9:00pm, My Father wanted me to stay up and watch whatever game was on that week.

The highlight of the game was the halftime show, where week after week we were vindicated in our hate of Howard Cosell as he would either not show the Saints highlights or show them with slanted commentary against the Saints. If you have no idea what I am talking about you are under 40!! (This was before ESPN, NFL Network and Direct TV NFL Package)

The argument that my Mom and Dad had over my bedtime led to the first Man to Man talk with my Father. He told me that I could stay up as late as I wanted but I had to be ready for school and couldn’t miss even if I had a 110F fever. I thought it was a fair deal, and usually went to bed after my Father and I yelled at Howard Cossell during halftime anyway!!

My Father died in 1986 and he never got to see the Saints in a playoff game much less a Super Bowl. I don’t know how he would have reacted to last season outwardly, but what I do know is that he would have enjoyed it and I would have enjoyed sharing it with him.

We went to a ton of games together, he was in charge of the Traffic Division of the NOPD and he had access to tickets on a pretty regular basis. Going to the games was magical for me, it still is to this day.

As I entered college, and my brother became family men, it was harder for the entire family to spend time together. Watching the Saints play was the one thing that we all did together, My Mom, Dad, 2 Brothers and 2 Sisters. The Saints still bond us together

My wife and kids got sucked up into the season last year due in large part to Copeland’s in Cumberland showing the games in the 120” big screen TV and several hundred other Who Dat’s going crazy. My 7 year old Daughter Grace wrote in her journal after one of the first games about the Who Dat chant, she didn’t understand it but she understood that it was done out of pure exuberance and joy!!

As the final seconds of the clock ticked off during the last Superbowl at least half of the Saints fans at Copeland’s were in tears. Its hard to control 40+ years of pent up frustration, disappointment, and at times bafflement. The Saints didn’t just lose a lot of games during those 40 years, but they found numerous ways to snatch defeat out of Victories jaws.

On that wonderful Super Bowl night it all changed as the Saints snatched victory this time. One of the biggest plays was the call to start the second half off with an onside kick. A move that was more likely to turn sour instead came up sweet thanks to the tenacious efforts of Chris Reiss, an Atlanta native. The rest is history that Saints fans will relish. Say what you want about the Saint’s first 40 years, but the second 40 will include the words Super Bowl Champions.

We are going to relive The 2009 New Orleans Saints Championship Season on Saturday June 26th at 1:00pm. We will be joined by Chris Reis from the Saints, whose parents were regulars at our Cumberland location every Sunday last year. I can’t wait to see everyone who shared last year with us, to relive the highlights and look forward to the 2010 Saints.

I wish My Dad was still alive to see us replaying Saints games, because I bet the gruff old Policeman, who was very jaded, would still have a tear in his eye every time he saw Tracy Porter get to the end zone pointing to the Who Dats loosing their minds in the stands!!

What is your favorite Saints Moment? …Who Dat!

Glen Helmstetter is a partner in Copeland’s Atlanta and a native of New Orleans where he was raised on shrimp, crawfish, and the New Orleans Saints.

The Martini, The Coolest Drink Ever Mixed Behind the Bar

Sean Connery ordering the drink that conveys the perfect blend of glamour, style and wit in one of the coolest scenes in cinema. The martini glass is cool, the olive or onion sitting in the clear concoction is cool. The martini, hands down is the coolest drink ever mixed behind any bar. There is not a ton about alcohol that is All American but the martini is, even though the British want to lay claim to the drink, I think it is fair to say this is an American creation with all due respect to James Bond!!

The modern day martini is one part gin and one part dry vermouth, but the origins and different recipes are varied indeed. Martinez California is believed by some to be the birthplace of the martini, a miner came into the bar of Julio Richelieu in 1870 with a bag full of gold and a taste for something other than whisky. As any good bartender would do Julio mixed up a blend of gin, vermouth orange and bitters along with an olive, voila the Martinez!! If you are in New York the story is a little different, John D. Rockefeller would frequent the Knickerbocker Hotel and wanted something a little different so the bartender (looking for a tip from Mr. Rockefeller I suspect) Martini di Arma di Taggia came up with his version, London Dry Gin, dry vermouth, bitters, lemon peel and one olive. Whether or not this is the true origin of the martini one thing I feel confident of is that this wass the beginning of the 3 martini lunch!!

Where congress has killed the 3 martini lunch no one can stop the evolution of the martini and the fact that it is still the coolest drink going!! A quick look at the martini menu at Copeland’s in Atlanta shows this evolution in a major way- just a sampling of our offerings are the Cosmopolitan (my wife’s favorite), First Kiss, Lemon Head, Woo Woo, and the Orangina. We even have dessert martinis Banana Banchee, The Mochatini and The Key Lime Pie. I almost forgot, The Copeland’s Classic Martini with your choice shaken or stirred, dirty or dry, perfect or sweet!! Come in any Friday and enjoy our $5.00 Martini Menu at any Atlanta area Copeland’s along with $5.00 appetizers and great Jazz Music. (another American invention!!)

What is your favorite Martini?