Monday, February 28, 2011
So, You Wanna Enter Our Contest?
Scenario: You've got an amazing idea for a video to enter into our Devoted to Deep Dish Video Contest and you're sure it will win. You've planned out your execution, developed your script and even got a few friends in on the soon-to-be masterpiece motion picture.
Problem: You realize you don't have access to a video camera and now feel like someone threw a monkey wrench into your well thought out plans.
Have no fear, future Quentin Tarantino, we're here to help. We've come up with a few suggestions for you to get your devotion to Lou Malnati's deep dish broadcasted for all to see:
If you're still stumped, shoot us an
email and let us know. We don't want anyone to be singled out as we think everyone has a story that is worthy of being heard. Now go get 'em, Tiger! We're looking forward to seeing our fans' creative talent!
- Enlist the help of a friend: We all know the saying "the more the merrier", right? Round up a couple of friends - especially the one that just got a Flip Camcorder for Christmas - and film your action-packed video.
- Take a visit to the library: Most libraries will rent out video equipment to card-holders - check with your local library to see if they offer this type of program.
- Use your cell phone: Most cell phones today come equipped with a video camera built right in! While it may not produce a video with quality similar to a professional camcorder, we'll be able to see past the fuzziness to the true core of the matter - your heart-felt story about Lou's.
- Use your digital camera: Like cell phones, most digital cameras have a video setting that will shoot a more than decent movie. Again, the quality of the video may not be up to your standards, but we're not worried - we're looking for the quality of the content you will be filming.
- If all else fails and you have absolutely no access to any video whatsoever, try this: Create a photo montage in PowerPoint, write out your story on a slide and convert it to video. You could even get as creative as narrating it for us! Don't know how to convert a PowerPoint presentation to a movie? We've got you covered - here's how you convert your presentation using Windows and Mac.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Are You Devoted to Deep Dish?
We've been devoted to making delicious deep dish pizza for 40 years but where would we be without our loyal customers? We want to know what keeps you coming back.
In a two-five minute video clip, show us your devotion to deep dish by sharing a story, memory, or your thoughts relating to Lou Malnati's.
Clips will be judged on creativity and your overall enthusiasm for Lou's. Videos can be witty, sappy, dramatic, action packed - the possibilities are endless! So, whether you are re-enacting your first taste of our mouth-watering pizza or recalling a special birthday or anniversary celebration at your local Lou's, we encourage you to be original!
The Grand Prize winner will receive their choice of either a Lou Malnati's 12-Month Taste of the Month mail-order package from Tastes of Chicago or a Lou Malnati's gift card worth $1,000 which can be used at any Lou Malnati's restaurant/carry-out location and online at www.tastesofchicago.com.
We will begin accepting entries on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 12am MIDNIGHT through our Facebook Page! So get your camera out, grab some friends, start filming and show us how devoted you are to Lou Malnati's deep dish!!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Love is in the Air
Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day to show your love and affection to the one dearest to you as well as a day to devour mass amounts of chocolate and heart-shaped deep dish pizza. The history of this day is a bit murky but the premise is notable: show
someone you love them, no matter how over the top it may seem. It’s a day to pull out all of the stops and show that extra-special someone you care for them in a way that goes beyond the everyday “I love you”. A friend-of-a-friend described Valentine’s Day as “training wheels to remind people to take a minute from work, bills, kids, the house, other family and stop and say ‘I love you’, even if they have to have Hallmark write it down for them.” Or, in our case, have us cook up a heart-shaped deep dish. Do you enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day? What does it mean to you?
Monday, February 07, 2011
What a Week!
From snow storms to Super Bowl Sunday snafus, it was definitely a week for the books.
We asked some of our Twitter fans what their favorite name for the historic snow storm was and these were the most popular: Snowpacolypse, snOMG, Snowtorious BIG, Snowcago, Snowmageddon - many names for a blizzard that had an incredible impact on the Midwest last week. By now, everyone has had a chance to dig themselves out but commuters everywhere are still feeling the effects. The storm gained intensity Tuesday night to the point where we had to close some locations earlier than the predicted 9pm closing time. As everyone knows, conditions only worsened come Wednesday, so much so that Lou Malnati’s stayed closed - we did not want to risk the safety of our customers and employees. Things finally got back to normal on Thursday and we were able to dig ourselves out and start the ovens! We would like to thank everyone once again for their patience and understanding last week. We truly do have the best customers in the world – even those that root for the Packers!
While we were sad the Bears weren’t the ones playing the Steelers last night, we have to admit it was an exciting game. Those that weren’t too interested in the game had the chance to catch some hilarious commercials – which one was your favorite? The Darth Vader Volkswagen commercial was pretty funny – check it out:
All in all, we think it’s safe to say that we’re ready for things to get back to normal after last week’s whirlwind of events and we’re ready for a change in pace as far as sports are concerned…. How many more days until Spring Training starts? =)