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Wintzell’s to Participate in Alabama Restaurant Week

Posted on August 12, 2013 to News & Events

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Wintzell’s is proud to be among the 250 participating restaurants in Alabama Restaurant week, August 16 – 25, 2013!

Stop by any Wintzell’s location to enjoy a $10 lunch or $20 dinner special. For $10, have a cup of our award-winning gumbo and our yummy fish tacos. For only $20, you can enjoy a cup of our gumbo, our filling Low Country Shrimp Boil and our famous bread pudding.

For more information about Alabama Restaurant Week, visit them online at www.alabamarestaurantweek.com/

 

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Eat Your Heart Out… In Oysters For Charity, That Is

Posted on June 26, 2013 to News & Events

What’s the best way to eat an Oyster? Well, we suggest a squeeze of lemon and a dash of our Shuck’n ‘n Jive’n sauce over an icy cold oyster, followed by a leisurely gulp.

But, if you’re one of the ladies from the Distinguished Young Women (DYW) program – formerly America’s Junior Miss – you might have a different tactic.

Especially, say, if you’re in an oyster eating contest.

Wintzell, who’s the longest sponsor of the DYW program, sponsors an annual golf tournament for the program that’s raised $26,000 this year, and more than $200,000 over the past ten years.

But, hey- we’re foodies- so clearly, we’re enthusiastic fans for any sort of eating contest, especially when the cause helps to support young women across the country. This summer we hosted our annual DYW oyster eating contest at our original location in Mobile, AL.

The favorite, expected winner was Carly Mickelson of North Dakota, especially considering the state’s reigned champion for the past two years.

Carly Mickelson of North Dakota

Carly Mickelson of North Dakota

But, in a (well-deserving upset, Jimmienell Morgan of New Mexico took the cake (or shall we say pearl?) as the queen bee:

 

First place winner, Jimmienell of New Mexico

First place winner, Jimmienell of New Mexico

Incredibly, she ate more than 80 oysters in a mere five minutes. Seriously – let’s reiterate: 80 oysters in five minutes.

Since the cause was a good one, though, no one left feeling defeated — especially since the ladies were all united by the DYW program. The program was founded in 1958, right here in Mobile, as the largest and oldest scholarship program for young women in high school across the nation. To date, DYW has granted more than $93 million in scholarships, and mentors young women to be successful in academia, as well as with building lifelong relationships.
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For more information, or to support the cause, visit http://www.ajm.org

 

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Wintzell’s Ventures to the Big Apple

Posted on June 10, 2013 to News & Events

You might think it’s a daunting task for us to pack up our bags from the quaint old South to venture to the Big Apple. (We admit it, you New Yorkers talk mighty fast.)

But once we caught a whiff of the 11th Anniversary Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, hosted by Southern Living from June 8 to 9, we forgot all about sweet tea and followed everything BBQ.

Here’s us at our stand representing Alabama Gulf Seafood.  In honor of our 75th anniversary, we were proud to serve Gulf oysters and champagne. Back home our oysters are served anyway you like ’em: fried, stewed, or nude.

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Our Southern hospitality attracted many people to our venue, so we were able to make all kinds of new friends!

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At the end of the festival, we left happy, hungry, a little wet from Tropical Storm Andrea… but, most of all, very homesick for our ‘Bama.

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Wintzell’s Opens First Pittsburgh, PA Location

Posted on May 13, 2013 to News & Events

For Immediate Release

May 13, 2013

Mobile, AL  – On May 20, 2013, Wintzell’s Oyster House will open its first Pittsburgh, PA location, bringing it’s seventy-five history of Gulf Coast tradition to the Northeast. Founded by J. Oliver Wintzell in 1938 in Mobile, AL, this is the twelfth of Wintzell’s rapidly expanding restaurants to bring Gulf Coast cuisine and southern hospitality to a broader audience. Featuring unique items such as homemade seafood gumbo, West Indies Salad and Chargrilled oysters, Wintzell’s offers the Pittsburgh area a new twist on seafood cuisine.

“When we discovered Wintzell’s on our travels south, I knew that I wanted to bring the Wintzell’s experience to Pittsburgh,” says Gene Jablonski, owner and franchisee of Wintzell’s Pittsburgh.  “I know Pittsburgh is going to love it as much as we do!”

According to Bob Donlon, CEO of Wintzell’s, “We are excited to introduce Wintzell’s to Pittsburgh and welcome everyone to come experience Oliver’s vision of southern hospitality, Gulf Coast seafood and our unique experience.” All Wintzell’s interiors feature hundreds of witty sayings written and collected by Oliver over the years, making for a fun experience for customers.

Featured in national print media, including Southern Living, Garden & Gun and Coastal Living, Wintzell’s is widely known throughout the Southeast region, but has also garnered attention from national TV programs including the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Food Network’s Man vs. Food and soon to be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters.

A grand opening celebration will be held Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:30pm. Media opportunities are available the week of May 13th, featuring Russell Mauceri, a professional oyster shucker from the original Wintzell’s. Russell is an expert in oysters, varieties, shucking and eating. He has been featured on Bizarre Foods, Man vs. Food and numerous local TV programs.

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Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day with a Clean Kitchen

Posted on May 9, 2013 to News & Events

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Wintzell’s Gift Cards – Available in $25, $50 & $100

She takes care of so much more than just dishes, but wouldn’t it be nice to give mom the gift of a clean kitchen this Mother’s Day! But who wants to “do” dishes?

Take mom to Wintzell’s or gift her the gift of Wintzell’s Oyster House!

Gift cards are available at all our locations or by calling 1-888-664-9112.

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Wintzell’s Oyster House Hosts the 7th Annual Wintzell’s Golf Classic

Posted on May 5, 2013 to News & Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Mobile, Ala. (May 1, 2013)  Wintzell’s Oyster House is proud to present the 7th annual Wintzell’s Golf Classic, held at Lakewood Golf Club at The Grand Hotel on Friday, June 21, 2013. The event, benefiting Distinguished Young Women, begins at 7:15 a.m. with registration and breakfast in the company of the 50 Distinguished Young Women state finalists. An 8:30 a.m. shotgun start will begin the tournament, followed by an awards lunch at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Fairhope. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the hole.

The Wintzell’s Golf Classic was founded in 2007 by Wintzell’s owners Bob and Buffy Donlon to benefit Distinguished Young Women (formerly known as America’s Junior Miss). Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Mobile, Ala., Distinguished Young Women will award more than $130,000 in cash scholarships to high school women and, last year, the Wintzell’s Golf Classic donated more than $20,000 to the scholarship program.

Individual player, team and corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information on the 7th annual Wintzell’s Golf Classic, please visit www.wintzellsoysterhouse.com or email golf@wintzellsoysterhouse.com.

 

Contact:

Scootie Dabbs

Tournament Organizer for Wintzell’s Oyster House

golf@wintzellsoysterhouse.com

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New Website Launched!

Posted on April 5, 2013 to News & Events

Welcome to Wintzell’s Oyster House’s new home on the web! Our new site, Handcrafted by Hummingbird Ideas in Mobile, has a great new look and new features like the “>Wintzell’s restaurant finder and a “>fan photo gallery (tag it #wintzells on instagram). So take a look around and let us know what you think! We sincerely hope to see you soon for some good times and the best seafood the Gulf Coast has to offer.

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Wintzell’s Welcomes Stacy Wellborn to the Team

Posted on January 14, 2013 to News & Events

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2013

Mobile, AL. – Stacy Wellborn, former owner and CEO of WellbornIdeas, recently joined the team at Wintzell’s Oyster House as Director of Marketing and Administration. In this executive roll, Wellborn will develop and grow the in-store and online retail program; franchise development expansion into the Southeast, Atlantic Coast and Northeast regions of the U.S.; create the 75th anniversary program and upcoming OysterFest in April; as well as focus on community development and evaluate all of the systems for efficiency and in preparation for the successful growth of Wintzell’s.

This new opportunity comes on the heels of shuttering Wellborn’s successful marketing firm, WellbornIdeas. Having produced an extensive and elite list of clients, including Whole Foods Market, The SCOOTER Store, Aloha Hospitality Restaurant Group and the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, Wellborn also worked with Wintzell’s as the agency of record for more than four years, helping to grow the marketing program.

Many know Wellborn through her extensive and active presence in the local community and her numerous philanthropic efforts. She is currently a board member of HandsOn South Alabama, United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile and the Downtown Mobile Alliance, as well as an active member of the Junior League of Mobile and Mobile United. Stacy was selected for Mobile Bay’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2010 and as a member of Leadership Mobile’s 2011 class.

A third generation restauranteur, Wellborn earned a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Alabama and continued her education at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, earning a Master of Science in Counseling. Upon graduation, Wellborn honed her marketing skills working in the education, software and advertising industries. Always an entrepreneur, she decided to pursue her dreams and created Crimson, an independent full service restaurant in Austin, Texas.

Back to her roots in the restaurant industry, Wellborn looks forward to growing with and serving Wintzell’s and the communities it serves.

 

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