New York Event: McDonald’s First Taste

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, 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.

P.S. It was great bumping into,,,

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.


McDonald’s Presents: McRib Launch Party

McDonalds debuted the relaunch of their McRib here in New York, Times Square last Tuesday, November 2, 2010.  The soirée consisted of Media, Media, Fans, and more Media. 

I, the Kitty Bradshaw, hadn’t tasted a McRib since its second relaunch back in 1994.  To be honest, I couldn’t remember what the sandwich tasted like. Thanks to a successful RE-RE-RE-Launch; guest were treated to all you can eat McRibs, French Fries, and Beverages.  I was so caught up in the moment I even filmed a video for the franchise…. *crossing my fingers that it airs during the Super Bowl, lollll.

As I mentioned before, in attendance where three super fanatics of the McRib sandwich Alan Klein of, Joey Erwin of South Carolina who holds the record for most McRibs consumed on a daily basis, and Adam Winer whose claim to fame is taking on road adventures around the country in search of the elusive McRib.  Lucky for him the McRib will be available from November 2nd – 22nd, 2010. 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better at the McRib launch party, McDonalds handed out gift bags filled with coupons, t-shirts, wet naps, mints, pens…. all the things you need after completing  your McRib meal. *thinking* They forgot the gym membership, lollll. j/k

McRib Trivia (from McDonald’s)

  • Every year McDonald’s purchases 250,000,000 pounds of pork.
  • The McRib sandwich as been mentioned twice on David Letterman’s “Top 10 List.”
  • Each McRib sandwich is actually submerged in tangy BBQ sauce.
  • The McRib sandwich was first introduced to the public in 1982.
  • The McRib sandwich sports 2 pickles and .25 ounces of onions.
  • The McRib sandwich was spoofed in The Simpsons episode #303.
  • McRib Nutritional Info:

    490 calories, 220 calories from fat, 25 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 1040 mb sodium, 44 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein, 11 g sugars.