On May 11th, McDonald’s launched several new items during their, “First Taste Event” in Chelsea, NYC. Guests were introduced to health conscious items including their Asian Chicken Salad, Mango-Pineapple Smoothie, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and several new sauces: Sweet Chili, Tangy Honey Mustard, Hot Mustard, Creamy Ranch, Chipotle Barbecue, and Spicy Buffalo sauce. My personal favorite is the Sweet Chili sauce, which taste exactly like the dumpling sauce you may find in a Thai restaurant.
In addition to sampling the food, media had the opportunity to interact with top McDonald’s brass and grill (no pun intended, lol) them on the menu additions and their plans to help parents plan out a healthy diet for the family. During the event, Chef Dan Coudreaut (the most powerful chef in the US) did a cooking demonstration to show guests that frying is not all that bad; when using in-season ingredients don’t overwhelm your main ingredient with a bunch of supporting ingredients, and keep a close eye on the food during the process. The Chef also pointed out to not forget the passion…. Food tastes better when you enjoy making it.
On a personal note, I want to point out how friendly the McDonald’s team is. I spoke with Ivonne Loza, Head of Beverages, and Elizabeth Campbell, Head of Poultry and Salads. I enjoyed talking to them both about how addictive the Sweet Tea is, and how McDonalds should fire the person who decided to change the Apple Pie recipe, lolll. As a treat, Ms. Loza introduced me to the already launched, McDonald’s frozen Strawberry Lemonade, which has been my new addiction for the last 7 days. Nathan (NY Photographer) and I commented on how especially tasty the chicken McNuggets were during the event. I swear Ms. Campbell had someone in the kitchen frying up chicken McNuggets from scratch and presenting them to guests 6 at a time lmaooooo. I saw one person take a whole plate of 6, and consume them by herself. I missed the opportunity to speak with Rick Wion, Director of Social Media, an all around awesome guy! I’ve been trying to hire him to work for KittyBradshaw.com, but he is playing coy, lolll.
My overall impression? I like the new additions. I think McDonald’s is really trying to shape into a place where families can order a quick, healthy meal without the guilt and added pounds. To be quite honest, although I don’t eat at McDonald’s as much as I did while in college…. They are still my go-to food chain when in need of something fast and tasty. I usually order the Chicken McNuggets or a Filet ‘O Fish. I am happy with the small changes they have made for the greater good of waist lines across America.
Note: I received a gift bag which contained 2 candles, a lavender eye-mask, a gift card, a super cute tote, and something else that I can’t remember at this time. The bag is currently laying in my swag bag graveyard and has no way influenced this article, lolll.