Cravings Blog

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Pop-up LibrariesTo say it's a micro library is an understatement. As I have traveled Michigan, I keep seeing more of these super small book exchanges. What is cool about them is the decorative architecture and the fact that you can select a book, read it and take it back. The honor system is an old school concept that helped bond our community. 

Each time we see one of these little libraries, we are going to put cards inside of books for free popcorn. From Lansing to Okemos to Traverse City, be on the lookout and keep reading.

GET DELICIOUS POPCORN SHIPPED TODAYBook Exchange: Traverse City Michigan

There's nothing like reading and enjoying popcorn. A fun treat to relax with.

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Party Popcorn WeekendFootball season is here! Make sure you have enough popcorn for the party. This weekend only, come into Cravings Gourmet Popcorn at 1220 Turner Street in Old Town Lansing to pick up your $5 Jumbo Theater Style popcorn.

Regularly $10, you get 50% off this weekend only. 

Visit cravingspopcorn.com/contact for directions and store hours.
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How to Crash a Tailgate Party

As the final blog post in this series of party ideas, here is the ultimate party idea:  Forget about planning, take this advice on How to Crash a Tailgate Party – no planning required.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn  makes no guarantees or promises that you won’t get thrown out for crashing a party. 

Examine your motivation.  If you are thinking to crash a party for a free meal or drinks you are going to have less success than if you are crashing to find some kindred souls that care about the team, the sports, and the tradition of tailgating. 

Be prepared to do a little six degrees of separation conversation, in other words: find some common ground fast.  Everybody knows somebody that knows somebody that knows you. 

Size up the tailgate landscape; if everyone is huddled in close with their backs to the common walkway; chances are you are going to have a tough time breaking in or through this group.  Better to make your approach to a group that seems literally and figuratively open.

Plan some entertaining opening ice-breaker comments.  Know that if you can appear to effortlessly contribute to the conversation and raise the level of fun just a bit, you will more than likely be warmly welcomed.

Note the level of food preparation, if it is obviously significant, chances are the host tailgaters may have a problem sharing, unless of course, you break out your Foodie persona and demonstrate you interest and skill in food preparation.

Come at the tail end of the tailgating.  Chances are people will be more willing to share than to figure out what to do with leftovers. 

Come dressed for the part, wear the colors of the hometown team and you will have 1000s of new best friends, and by all means DO NOT show up empty-handed.  Bring something popular like…Cravings Popcorn!

Remember where you are and who you are talking to, because if you are successful at crashing, you may be invited back for the next big game.

If you are brave enough to do this party idea, be sure to let us know how it went.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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Back to School - Party of Two

In our series of blog posts on parties Cravings Gourmet Popcorn looks at several occasions to have a party.  In this post we fear that the partying will be all one-sided.  Here is a way to re-frame the celebration.

No matter what the age of your student, after you finish your back-to-school shopping, it could be a great time to come to Old Town, find a quiet corner in one of our many local restaurants and have a small parent/student Back to School party.  Take this time to reflect on the significant accomplishments of the last school year and talk about some goals for this upcoming school year. (Bring a pad of paper and pen, or your smart phone or tablet to record the details of your goal-setting)  Now you have cause for celebration.

When the deal is done be sure to stop in to Cravings for a congratulatory treat. While you are here don’t forget your new teachers.  They can be your most important allies at school to help your student accomplish their goals.  Why not start the new school year and new relationship with teacher on a good foot.   Our suggestion – you guessed it – the gift everybody likes: POPCORN!  

A tall cellophane bag with a bright ribbon tied on it means that there will be some good snacking after school on those long first days of school  or a gift certificate or a Conpoto certificate means when the teacher is ready the popcorn will appear. 

As you start a new school year remember this wise saying from Albert Einstein:  “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com
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Up Close and Fresh - Potluck Picnic Alfresco

In this series of blogs Cravings Gourmet Popcorn explores lots of good reasons for having a party.  For Foodies and food lovers this one is for you.

This is the time of year when food fresh from the farm market or garden reminds us how glorious local food choices can be to a menu.  For this party idea we suggest that you throw a Potluck Picnic al fresco with the only stipulation being that the main food ingredients be fresh, local and a favorite dish of the preparer.

Some say that the history of the phrase potluck referred to the surprise or “luck” of having a meal made up of every person’s surprise dish to pass. No cheating by prescribing the types of dishes, just allow the meal to unfold – potluck.

Now to the picnic part of this party, why not discover one of the dozens of parks in our great city for your location, and why not try someplace different?  Here is a map of all of the Lansing Parks and River Trails for your consideration. 

If you would like to stay within striking distance of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn (just in case you want to stroll in for a little before or after treat) we suggest:  Durant Park, Bourchard Park, Louis Adado Riverfront Park or the park space near the Brenke Fish Ladder.

Entertainment Note: If you plan your picnic in mid-August bring a blanket so at nightfall you can lay down and watch the Perseid meteor showers.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

 

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A New Take on a Retirement Party

As we continue to explore any idea for a party, Cravings Gourmet Popcorn reflects on those individuals that have given decades of service to one employer.

Employment trends tell us that fewer and fewer workers will be retiring from a job or career that they have held and nurtured for decades.  Times have changed considerably (for better or worse is yet to be determined) and we know that there will be fewer people of a certain age that will be retiring from  service to the same company with 30+ or even 20+ years.  For those that are, this is cause for celebration.  Time for a Retirement Party!

If you are planning a retirement party for someone you care about, here are our top 5 ideas for a retirement party to make it a success and very special event for the guest of honor:

1.   Find and invite former co-workers.  Having people that knew your honoree way back when will enhance the value of the conversations and remembrances.They may also remember some things your honoree might choose to forget.

2.   Choose a place for the party that offers plenty of room for mingling and sharing conversations.  Music is nice but it should not be the star of the show. Many restaurants have private party rooms, be sure to ask about table set-up and room capacity.  (Not Too Big and Not Too Small is the name of the game here).  In Old Town consider our neighborhood party planning place, the Old Town Marquee; the space is flexible enough to accommodate most sized groups.

3.   Make sure the menu reflects the likes, tastes and interests of the guest of honor. If their hobby is craft beer brewing, be sure to serve some craft beers; if they have a sweet tooth check in with Aggie Mae’s Bakery for something special. 

4.   Choose someone to be the party host.  A well planned party will seem like it is not planned at all. But the party will do well under the firm guidance of a party host that knows when to call for the food to be served, the next round of toasts, or for the music to be turned up or down. Your guest of honor should be able to forget all about those responsibilities.

5.   Since you have worked so hard to gather so many friends and associates consider including time and space for people to record some video or retirement quotes of remembrance and encouragement. We may not know just how important a role we played in a co-worker’s life if there is no effort to capture that information.  Paul Schmidt of Uno Deuce Media suggests having a few starter questions to choose from for the interviewee to answer.  Once you have all of the raw video taped messages, consider having guests toss in some dollars to have the tape professionally edited to a length which would be an affordable and share-able keepsake production. 



There you have it, our best retirement wishes for a successful Retirement Party …oh yeah, don’t forget the Cravings popcorn!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

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Squeeze the Most out of Summer - End of Summer Celebration

This month at Cravings we are talking parties, all sorts of ideas for interesting parties.  As the summer winds down and before we turn our thoughts to fall and back to school, this party is right for kids of all ages. It is time to get goofy with some sponges and buckets of water.

This party involves lots of buckets, water and big sponges, large rolls of plastic, a garden hose, and stacks of dry towels. There are no rules, no age limits and no end to the fun for these water games…especially if it is a hot and sticky “dog-day of summer.” 

What would you do with buckets and water?   How about a modern bucket brigade that delivers plenty of water to a parched garden of an unsuspecting, yet forgiving, neighbor?  How about a little bucket race to see who can fill up a bigger container first…no running, just speed-walking!

What’s the plan for sponges?  How about a sponge toss like an old fashioned egg toss? This could be great for the beginning of the party when people are still in dry clothes.  Contestants pair up and form two lines with partners facing each other.  Make sure there are buckets of water strategically located and begin the tossing of water-filled sponges back and forth. If you fail to catch the sponge, your team is out. Take a big step backward with each toss making it harder and harder to toss and catch.  Winners are the farthest apart and the driest.

What to Do with the Plastic Roll?

Combine the roll of plastic, the hose and maybe a nice gentle sloping yard – you guessed it; you just made your own water slide! 

These ideas are just a drop in the bucket, we are sure you can think of even more fun ideas…like maybe a game of Twister with  a sprinkler in the mix.  Just remember to be safe while you are having all this water soaked fun.  Word to the wise, if you are planning to have Craving’s Popcorn snacks for this party (and we hope you do)…wait until the water is off and the towels have been used before you breakout the popcorn because nobody likes soggy popcorn!

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

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Kid’s Cardboard Birthday Party

This month at Cravings we are talking parties, all sorts of ideas for interesting parties. If you have a kid’s birthday party coming up here is a wickedly creative approach to a kid’s party.

There is a You Tube video that has been floating around the internet for over a year that was part of the inspiration for this party idea.  It is Caine’s Arcade a video about a boy that created a whole arcade of games out of loads cardboard, cast-off toys for prizes, and one fierce imagination.  

Homemade Miniature Golf Course Party

To make your Cardboard Birthday Party with a Mini-Golf theme make sure that you have plenty of boxes, cardboard packing materials, packing tape, duct tape, scissors, and markers.  If you have lots of kids at the party you can pair them up to make miniature golf obstacles.  Set a reasonable time limit for the construction and testing – make sure those creative minds and tummies are fed with yummy popcorn snacks from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.   If you are planning a mini-golf event be sure the kids bring a putter and golf ball (which can also be decorated).  

For prizes make a trip to the Dollar Store with your Birthday Girl or Boy and let them choose all the prizes. 

Throw in some cake and ice cream and you have a Kid’s Cardboard Birthday Party.  (Other riffs on the cardboard construction activity could be Cardboard Robots or Cardboard Town with prizes for the best or most creative construction).

We hope you have fun with this one. There is nothing more engrossing and satisfying for kids than to have the time and materials to explore their creativity.  Let us know how it goes and send us some pictures.  

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

Image courtesy of Anna, showing her cardboard car wash, inside features rubber gloves as the washer "fingers". 

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Determination and Perseverance

Your resolve. Your inner drive that propels you to a goal. Determination is what drives you to be great. Your greatness drives others to become determined. Do your best because you may inspire someone to be their best.

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Euchre Party with a Twist

This month at Cravings we are talking parties, all sorts of ideas for interesting parties. If you are a card player this idea is for you even if you don’t yet know how to play Euchre.

Euchre is an easy going, easy to learn card game for four people in teams of two.  While it is easy to pick-up there are nuances to strategy for the game that make it fun and competitive.   We are suggesting a tournament of 4 to 5 tables.  In a traditional tournament the winning pairs continue to advance in brackets to the end of the evening and a big pay-off.   However, instead of continuing to reward the winning pair to advance, find a way to throw an unexpected twist into the night by planning some surprise split-ups where the winning pair is split and are matched up with one of the losing players.

Even though there is strategy to winning at Euchre, a less than seasoned player can be dealt interesting winning hands or unmindfully play a gutsy move.   The evening is sure to be a fun mixer so encourage non-Euchre plays or novices to come along for the fun, food and prizes.  To make it easier you can share this link on the basics of playing euchre.

You can make your own chart or order a Tournament Euchre score chart online at www.tournamenteuchre.com. You will need several things to set up a euchre tournament: Euchre playing cards (one deck per table), large piece of paper or you can order a tournament Euchre Chart at the above website, the number of players should be divisible by 4 since each table has 4 players. You can have each guest bring an appetizer or dessert to share and their own beverage. Check out Cravings Gourmet Popcorn for unique popcorn flavors and classic or obscure sodas.

You can spice it up at your Euchre Party with a Twist by adding money for the winner’s pot or just play for fun bragging rights or crazy white elephant prizes.

Looking for a reason to party, try a Euchre Tournament Party. Looking for great party snacks; look no further than Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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GenerosityGenerosity makes you feel good inside. It is the act of giving without expecting anything in return. You can change the life of someone while having a positive impact on your own life. Being generous is like planting seeds of good will. Its time for all of us to start a garden.

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JazzFest Meet-Up Party Idea

This month at Cravings we are talking parties, all sorts of ideas for interesting parties.  This one is a party in a great big jazzy party.

Every great party needs some music, and jazz is always a popular choice to set the right party mood.  At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we have a ring side seat to a real jazzy party – Old Town’s JazzFest 2013 is put on by MICA, the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art, and a project of long time community supporter Terry Terry.  JazzFest comes to Old Town on Friday August 2nd and Saturday August 3rd. 

An exciting lineup of performers for the 2013 outdoor music festival has been planned, including the Rodney Whitaker Quartet, Terell Stafford and Mardra Thomas. The three have decades of performing experience between them, and will play at mid-Michigan’s premier free outdoor jazz event of the summer.

JazzFest 2013 is the 19th annual event which hosts over 10,000 visitors to experience music, food, and some of the coolest shops in the Greater Lansing area.  And, one of the best parts of JazzFest is the people you see and meet while you are here. 

Why not plan a JazzFest meet-up party on the fly?  Coordinate with your friends and choose a location for your meet-up…say Cravings Gourmet Popcorn on Turner?  It’s the perfect spot to start your party; you can’t miss us, just look for the giant popcorn box! 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

 

 

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Meet Meat in Old Town

In this July series of blog posts Cravings Gourmet Popcorn acknowledges events, people and businesses that positively contribute to the unique identity and experience of Old Town.

It’s great to have such a popular neighbor in Old Town.  Just two doors north from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn on Turner Street you will find the home of Meat, Southern BBQ and Carnivore Cuisine.  Meat opened up shop in Old Town in late April of 2012, and just like the way they slow roast their meats for over 18 hours to get the right flavors, this little restaurant’s popularity has gone from unknown to done just right. 

If Home Improvement star and comedian Tim Allen were talking about Meat it would surely be punctuated by Allen’s signature manly grunt and snort.  This is a very manly kind of restaurant that makes no apologies for what it is …in fact on the Meat menu there is a snarky little nod to vegetarians, posting only soft drinks and iced tea under the options for vegetarians.

In addition to the slow roasted meats that are used for all of their meat dishes and sandwiches the folks at Meat prepare all of their Southern inspired side dishes and sauces from scratch.  This is messy but delicious eating; you get that when you see rolls of paper towels on every table. Fans of Meat have learned to get there early because when the roasted meat is gone, the doors will close.  Meat has a take-out menu and a catering menu in addition to their dine-in options.  Truthfully, the best way to choose is to follow your nose, these slow roasted meats and sauces create a tantalizing aroma in Old Town. To get a better idea about the menu choices you can visit their website, or give them a little love on their Facebook page

While you are in Old Town checking out Meat be sure to pop in to Cravings for a savory starter or a sweet ending popcorn treat.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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Why Do You Love Old Town?There are many reasons to love a day in Old Town. Shopping, art, food and festivals just to name a few. Many people have not been to Old Town since the 1970's and 1980's when the area was in decline. Today it is clean and safe, a beautiful area to visit and to be amazed by. You don't have to go up north to experience a small town downtown. Shop local businesses, enjoy a meal with friends and listen to music with your family. There's lots to love about Old Town Lansing.

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A New Kind of Party Space for a Community That Knows How to Party

In this July series of blog posts Cravings Gourmet Popcorn acknowledges events, people and businesses that positively contribute to the unique identity and experience of Old Town.

Who would have thought that the old Five and Dime, come junk store, in Old Town would turn into such an elegant and creative space for parties? Lynne Brown had an inkling as she moved out the junk and polished up the space, naming it Perspective 2 or P2.  She hoped it would be a resource space for photographers and photo shoots plus an occasional meeting space.  While the 7,000 square feet worked well for photographers and photo shoots, the space seemed to beckon adventurous event planners looking for a special space, and more and more people were seeing the location strictly as an event venue. 

In August of 2012 Brown sold the space to Rizzi Designs, an Old Town-based design firm. Rebecca Eldridge was named Director of Operations. Rebecca, a former hospitality management professional, put her talents to work to redefine and firmly establish the location as an event venue. By November, the community had weighed in and the location was renamed Old Town Marquee. 

Eldridge says business has been good so far with a mix of formal events like wedding and anniversary celebrations, business meetings and events, and awards ceremonies, as well as the occasional photo shoot or commercial video shoot. Coming soon is a special party for a local author whose book has achieved a place on the New York Times Best Seller list. 

“We continue to grow in our efforts to be bigger, better, faster and stronger for our customers,” said Eldridge. “Seriously, it has been a learning process to promote Old Town Marquee as a prized event destination. As we take care of our clients we are learning what package of services they need and want. We have created great strategic relationships with those businesses that can help transform the space into the party place our customers envision. We love being able to assist our fellow members of the Old Town Commercial Association to continue to make Old Town the best destination in the area and that is why we turn to our neighbors, like Cravings Popcorn,  when it is time to recommend a complementary product or service.”

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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Bike Share Rolls Out in Lansing

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn welcomes Capital Community Bike Share to Old Town. In a recent post on Bike-sharing Blog, a site dedicated to reporting on bike-share programs, it says there has been a new bike share program starting almost every two days throughout the world. 

Lansing’s new bike-share program pilot, Capital Community Bike Share, is rolling out on August 4th.  The Capital Community Bike Share in little ole Lansing is drafting right behind Citi Bike, the New York City program launched in May, and Divvy, the Chicago bike-share that came online in July.

Bike-share programs are designed to be a convenient short-term rental system to help keep people moving in short hops throughout the urban centers.  Lansing’s city bikes for this program are described as smart bikes, including solar technology on board for renting and tracking bike locations.  The obvious benefits to the environment are easy to get….less gas, less pollution and if you think about It, the potential economic benefits could be equally beneficial.  Those that are all-in with the bike share program can also look forward to some measurable health benefits as they change their habits for taking meetings or lunch breaks.  The Paris bike share program is celebrating its 6th anniversary and has quantified the health benefits to participants.

The 20 bicycle sharing pilot program only lasts a few months so be sure to jump in early to support this important community project.  Follow Capital Cummunity Bike Share on Facebook for regular updates.

 At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, we look forward to having our fans that live and work close by or in downtown Lansing  satisfy their cravings for some Craving’s popcorn by hopping on a CCBS bike for a quick pick-up.  We’ve tested it and the bike basket will easily handle 3 or 4 of our tall bags.  Tell us you are on a CCBS bike and we will add an extra punch to your Cravings card!  

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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Go to the Movies at the Turner Street Old Town Theatre

In this July series of blog posts Cravings Gourmet Popcorn acknowledges events, people and businesses that positively contribute to the unique identity and experience of Old Town.

We remember going to the drive-in movie theatre as a fun family summer time treat.  The kids would all pile into the family station wagon with blankets and jammies and a big bag of fresh popped popcorn for snacks. The speaker was taken off the post and hung on the car window and we were in for a night of fun!

In Old Town we are in our third year showing outdoor movies as a nod to those family fun times gone by. You will be sitting-in instead of a driving-in to our outdoor theatre set-up. Our huge screen and audio system is put against the wall of the old Chrome Cat building at the base on Turner Street and Grand River, special thanks to sponsors like Such Video. 

This year the movie selections are:  Rear Window (Albert Hitchcock Thriller) Ghostbusters, and the comedy Three Amigos (Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short). Commemorative posters have been created for you to purchase, another way to support the efforts of the Old Town Commercial Association.

The family friendly/family safe movies start after dark so be sure to bring your own chair/blanket, beverages, snacks. Beginning on July 19th on Friday nights the family movie line up is as follows:

July 19, 2013, 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm            Three Amigos

July 26, 2013, 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm            Rear Window

August 9, 2013 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm        Ghostbusters

Cravings will be open late so be sure to stop in before the movie starts to get your popcorn and soda.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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Get Your Crunch On in a Peanut-free Zone – Craving’s Gourmet Popcorn

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we continue to follow relevant news about food allergies. Over the past several years there have been many news reports that there is a growing trend of young children experiencing allergic reactions to peanuts/peanut butter among other high allergy producing foods. However, there is little known about why this trend is occurring.  

A health news story on Fox News.com in 2012 cautions parents with this message:  “Because peanut reactions can be severe, even lethal, measures to protect allergy sufferers from accidental exposure are becoming more common too, with peanut bans on airplanes, peanut-free sections of baseball stadiums and "school safe" packaged snacks manufactured in nut-free environments.”

And on the other end of the spectrum this 2013 story from the Wall Street Journal online suggests: “Parents trying to navigate the confusing world of children's food allergies now have more specific advice to consider. Highly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, fish and eggs can be introduced to babies between 4 and 6 months and may even play a role in preventing food allergies from developing.”

Here is our opinion: It doesn’t matter why allergies to peanuts is on the rise or what people will do to prevent symptoms of allergies from developing – as long as there are health risks to some kids or adults we will maintain Cravings as a completely peanut-free zone.

There are just so many great options in our product line to get your crunch on that we feel completely confident that you will never miss the peanuts.  So, shop with confidence at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

Image courtesy of Surachai at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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What is your Old Town Passion?Passion is the fire that drives you to achieve your vision. Old Town has grown over the years because of the passion of the people that work and live here. We are passionate about our community and popcorn. Tell us about your passion.
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Craving’s Own Matt Strickling, Chief Flavorologist

In this July series of blog posts Cravings Gourmet Popcorn acknowledges events, people and businesses that positively contribute to the unique identity and experience of Old Town.

Matt Strickling starts his day early (7am) at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, especially when it is a busy time in Old Town. Before or after an event like the Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun there is plenty to do to build up or replenish the stock of fresh flavored popcorn, including the unique to Cravings flavors.

Craving’s product line is continually enhanced with new flavors to try out based on customer comments and requests and Matt’s own crazy creative foodie mind. “I’m always thinking about food and flavors that might translate well to a popcorn seasoning recipe,” says Matt. “At Cravings we start more unique flavors than any popcorn store I know of.”  It is a point of pride with this flavorologist that the flavors that are created always start from the core ingredients. “If I have an idea for a flavor I will source several good recipes looking for the common themes or ingredients to create the base recipe and then go looking for that one ingredient that will top off the flavor.”

Matt relies on his wife, Steph, for a critical opinion as he tweaks a recipe. Once it is deemed ready for customer comment he creates a large enough batch of the recipe to dry into a seasoning powder and rolls out the new popcorn flavor for local sampling and critique.  Local customers are alerted to the new flavor via the Cravings Facebook page, or Matt walks the Old Town district to offer free samples to other business owners and workers.

Currently Matt has three new flavors in development: spicy mustard, cool ranch, and chili cheddar. One of these flavors will end up being the house flavor for Zoobies Tavern. Which one do you think will go well with the Zoobies craft beers and local wines?

Matt Strickling and his wife Stephanie have recently purchased a home from the Ingham County Land Bank (a great deal – he says) and are putting down roots for good. When asked about living and working in the Lansing Old Town district Matt says, “This area is really becoming something to be proud of, something that we want to talk about to everybody. There are so many great things happening here.”

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online at cravingspopcorn.com and shipped to anywhere nationwide and for gifting virtually to Lansing area residents via Conpoto.com.

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