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National Food Bank Day- Friday, September 4th 2020

National Food Bank Day is every year on the first Friday in September, a day to raise awareness about how close hunger may be to you and how you can contribute to this cause to ensure that no one goes to bed hungry. Food banks are viable sources that help the friends in our community put food on their table. Nationwide, they assist 42 million people who struggle with food insecurity. In the Wilmington, NC area, 67,910 individuals live in food-insecure households and 18,510 of them are children.

Our four county area is serviced by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Wilmington Branch. This amazing facility not only cranks out food distribution to our community, they also contribute through federal nutrition programs, community health & engagement, and children’s programs in our community. In the fiscal year of 2018-2019, the Wilmington brand distributed to 120 agencies (such as pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, etc) 11,488,390 pounds of food!

Twice of year here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet we get the amazing opportunity to work with this food bank by doing an Easter and Thanksgiving Food Drive, where our employees donate to provide a holiday meal for families in our area. Our employees gather and pack over 160 meals and we send it straight to the food bank along with additional money raised and food items! It is our employee’s favorite time of the year to do this event and love the scene of pulling our box truck into the food bank and unloading everyone’s contributions and knowing families in our community will get to enjoy a wonderful holiday meal.

How can you help out your local food bank?

  • Donate money: for every $1 donated, five meals is provided
  • Donate time: volunteer as an individual or form a group
  • Donate food: Hold a food drive or host a virtual food drive*

*The food bank’s most needed items include:

  • Canned Fruits, Vegetables, Meat, and Soup (Pop-top cans and low sodium a plus!) 
  • Whole Grain Pasta, Brown Rice, Dried Beans, and Cereal
  • Peanut Butter, and other nut butters 
  • For Infants: Pedialyte, Infant Cereal, Powdered Formula, Diapers, and Wipes 
  • For Kids: Fruit Cups, Juice Boxes, Granola Bars, Crackers, Popcorn and Sugar-Free Pudding Cups 
  • Non-Food Essentials: Hygiene Items, Household Items, and Paper Products 

Learn more about how the team at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is involved with our local community, visit our Purchase with Purpose page.

National Soft Ice Cream Day 2020

National Soft Ice Cream Day is a tasty way to celebrate a hot summer day and cool off with your favorite soft serve ice cream. In honor of this tasty holiday, we are going to take you on a virtual tour of all our favorite ice cream shops in town.

Before we get started, what is the difference between soft and hard ice cream? While both soft and hard ice cream have the same ingredients, soft ice cream has less milk fat and more air allowing it flow smoothly from the machine. Though the title soft was a given as to why it offers that creamy smooth texture, let’s kick off our favorite soft-serve joints in the Wilmington area!

Dairy Queen

Yup, we said it. Dairy Queen! Every town’s favorite Soft Serve Ice Cream spot to grab a cone or a bowl and hang on the picnic tables. Even better, Dairy Queen offers treats for your furry friend. The “Pup Cup” is a free doggy sized cup of their classic vanilla ice cream.

Kohl’s Frozen Custard

Custard and ice cream may seem like they are not the same, but frozen custard has all the same ingredients as regular ice cream but with addition of egg yolk. The egg yolk helps make the custard into a thicker, creamier treat that is also served as a soft-serve!

Located in Wrightsville Beach, Kohl’s Frozen Custard offers a central location right off the beach and near Wynn Plaza, a public boat dock, where both vacationers and locals can head up for a cool treat anytime of the day. Kohl’s also serves delicious food from their grill, including breakfast!

Hwy 55

Founded in Eastern North Carolina, Hwy 55 is an all-American diner featuring a classic menu burgers, fries, and most importantly, shakes! One of the reason’s why Hwy 55’s shake and other dessert items are so good is because they also serve frozen custard!


 

Who are we kidding though, everyday in the summer should include soft-serve.


Check out these other local delicious ice-cream shops in our area:

Boombalatti’s Homemade Ice Cream

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Purchase with a Purpose

In honor of Nonprofit Day we would like to give a BIG shout out to all of the amazing nonprofit organizations that we work with in our Wilmington Community

Here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet we believe in directly helping our communities nonprofits which is why ALL sales and service purchases made with Jeff Gordon Chevrolet go directly to help the Wilmington area nonprofit organizations. Since 1998 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet has contributed over $1 million dollars to our local community.

Here are some of the incredible organizations that we work with in our community. 

 

Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina

Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina is a small but mighty team that serves the 51 counties of Eastern North Carolina with education, care consultations, fundraising events and more! They provide education and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias throughout our community, including those living with the disease, caregivers, health care professionals and families. They are also committed to advocating for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s disease and advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

At Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, we provide our support via the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Wilmington held every fall in beautiful Wrightsville Beach. Accompanying our previous efforts by including a Walk Team and A Night to Remember, a dessert and wine pairing event. If you’re interested in being part of our virtual walk this year you can sign up and be on the Jeff Gordon Chevrolet team!

Plastic Ocean Project 

The mission of Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. 501(c)3 is to educate through field research, implement progressive outreach initiatives, and incubate solutions to address the global plastic pollution problem, working with and for the next generation to create a more sustainable future.

As corporate members of POP, we participate in outreach events with support and volunteer hours and collaborate with activities in the community. We have a monthly clean up with POP, anyone is welcomed to join! Follow our Facebook Events Page to see all the fun events that we participate with POP. In the meantime look at what you can do to help slow the use of single use plastics.  

 

Paws Place Dog Rescue 

Paws Place Dog Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of dogs. Since 1999, they have placed loving dogs with loving families in Wilmington, Southport and other surrounding areas. 

As Partners, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet participates by offering photography services for their adoptable pets and sponsorship for their upcoming events.

 

OASIS NC 

OASIS NC is a 501(c)3 non-profit that is committed to providing Outstanding Academic and Social Instructional Services to promote independence, confidence, and compassion in children and teens. At OASIS in order to benefit individuals with Autism, ADHD, anxiety, and other learning differences they use evidence-based practices and highly individualized services and support to target a broad range of education. 

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is proud to support OASIS NC, every April, the dealership pledges $25 for every vehicle sold to benefit the students’ scholarship fund. 

 

The CARE Project

The CARE Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing hope to families who have children and/or adults with hearing challenges through counseling experiences aimed at the processing of the emotional stages of grief.

Here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, we support this organization’s journey through their programs and events. This also includes support of The CARE Project’s path to build 30 Cottages, a vision to build a permanent site in New Hanover County for Family Retreats and Professional Education Seminars. You can also support this cause by purchasing a brick to help continue paving a path for The CARE Project’s success! 

 

Nourish NC

Nourish NC a 501-c(3) non-profit organization that provides hungry children with healthy food, empowering them to succeed in the classroom and in their community.

As Nourish NC Partners, our Jeff Gordon Chevy team participates in monthly pack nights, offers support for events, and by “adopting” a nearby school.

If you’re interested in working with us just fill out this donation request form!

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Sale

 

Shop 2020 Chevrolet Silverado’s as low as $32,995! Take advantage of no payments for 90 days when you finance with Ally Financial. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet has over 500 New & Pre-Owned pickup trucks available at Truckville, North Carolina.

May 4th – Chewbacca 2020 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Coupe Walk-Around | Jeff Gordon Chevrolet

 

We had a special guest at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet join us for a walk around video, Chewbacca! How do you think he did?

Check out the new 2020 Camaro Shock & Steel Edition Coupe!

The all-new Chevy has so many new features and design elements aimed at making it not only better looking, but also more aerodynamic, efficient, and functional.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro Shock and Steel Special Edition adds a variety of content to Chevrolet’s legendary sports car, including:

  • 20-inch Blade Design aluminum wheels
  • Carbon Flash-painted sideview mirrors
  • Carbon Flash-painted center stripe and surrounding stripe in Silver (when Shock is ordered) or Shock (when Sating Steel Metallic is ordered)
  • Body-color high-wing spoiler (Coupe only)
  • Black fuel filler door with visible carbon fiber insert
  • Yellow-painted brake calipers Black sueded knee pads
  • Carbon fiber instrument panel molding
  • Premium carpeted floor mats

In the all new 2020 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS is offered in both Coupe and Convertible models. Requiring one of the two exterior colors Satin Steel Metallic (RPO code G9K) or Shock (RPO code GKO) Jet Black is the only interior color combination on offer.

The package will be available on either the 2LT, 3LT, or SS trim levels. With the LT models the package includes the RS Package and Brembo four-piston performance brakes at the front.

For the new Shock and Steel Coupe package the pricing is set at $3,495 and for the Convertible it is set at $2,995.

Stay tuned for more videos highlights Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 228 South College Rd Wilmington NC 28403 http://www.JeffGordonChevy.com

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Thursday, April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. There are so many pets that are looking for their forever loving home. Many pets end up in shelters not sure why they were left and just want to be loved again. Not only does adopting a shelter pet give the pet a new best friend but it also gives you a new best friend.  

 

If you are not ready to adopt a new friend there are other ways to help. Fostering is always a great option. By fostering a shelter pet that allows the pet to be in a loving home and their true personality can come out making it easier for people who are ready to adopt to see the true personality of the pet. Fostering is also a big help to the shelters. A Lot of shelters look for volunteers, people to help take care of the dogs. Donating is a great way to help so many shelters need as much funding help as they can get to keep the pets healthy. Following shelters on social media and sharing the pet stories are a huge help to the shelters and pets. 

 

If you’re looking to adopt, foster, volunteer, donate, or share on social media here are some local shelters:

Dauntless Dog Rescue

Paws Place Dog Rescue

New Hanover County Rabbit Rescue

Pender County Animal Shelter 

New Hanover Humane Society 

SOAR- Southport – Oak Island Animal Rescue 

Penderosa Rescue & Sanctuary

Columbus Humane Society

Half-Way Home Canine Rescue, Inc.

Grand Strand Humane Society 

Petfinder 

Have a shelter pet? Share your adoption story with us! We love seeing all of the JGC Family pets!

 

Support Local Restaurants Highlight: P.T.’s Grille

Nothing could say a classic burger anymore than Wilmington’s staple quick service burger joint, P.T.s Grille! With six locations in the ILM area, P.T.’s has you covered with their tasty sandwiches and fries, whether it’s lunch or dinner time.PTs Surfer 6c (2)

P.T.’s Grille is one the locals restaurants in our Support Local Restaurants campaign, which if you purchase a vehicle from Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, you will receive a $50 gift card to one of our partnered establishments!

We had been working with Mark, who owns the Wrightsville Beach P.T’s location, on this campaign. Today we were able to connect so he could fill us in more about P.T.’s Wrightsville Beach. 

When did P.T.’s open? 

P.T.’s on Military Cutoff opened in 2004. But, the original P.T.’s opened in 1990. 

How many people do you employ?

I usually employ 25-30, only about 18 at the moment .

What are you best known for?

Probably best known for the burgers and homemade fries.

What is your favorite dish on the menu? 

Favorite sandwich is pretty much everything, but I try to eat more chicken these days. But, the burger is hard to beat.

What sort of special menus are you doing right now?

Same menu as usual.

What are your hours right now?

open 11-9 everyday.

What sort of methods are you offering to order?

Call in 910-256-8850 or order there.

 

Support Local Restaurants Highlight: Katy’s Grill & Bar / Jerry Allen’s Sports Bar & Grill

 

Katy’s has become every department’s choice place for lunch here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, and not just because they are practically our neighbor and a centrally located neighborhood option here in Wilmington, but it is also their tasty food and community oriented attitude (something we value at JGC).

I caught up with Kelly, who is the co-owner along with his business partner, Jerry Allen,of Katy’s Grill & Bar and Wrightsville Beach’s staple Jerry Allen’s. The two first opened Jerry Allen’s in 1995, then acquired Katy’s in 2013. I geared most of my questions about Katy’s since they are slated to begin take out this week! 

Don’t forget, now through the end of the month if you purchase a vehicle from Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, you will receive a $50 gift card from a selection of local restaurants in Wilmington, including Katy’s!

When did Katy’s open? 

Katy’s first opened in 1983.

What is your favorite thing about Wilmington? 

Our customers

How many people do you employ? (between both restaurants)

75

What are you best known for?

Wings and Burgers

What is your favorite dish on the menu? 

Southwest Fish Wrap

What sort of methods are you offering to order?

You can order from Grubhub or call head (910-395-5289).

Tell us something we may not know:

We are locally owned and a local high school supporter.

Support Local Restaurants Highlight: Spoonfed Kitchen + Bakeshop

Spoonfed Kitchen + Bakeshop is not only one our favorite places to grab lunch or brunch, but also love them for catering our special events. They catered our 2020 C8 Corvette Open House Launch back in October and left so many lasting impressions! Check out the photos here from the event to check out the event if you hadn’t seen it already!

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We had a chance to check in with Kim, the owner Spoonfed, today and ask her a few questions that we thought the world needed to know the answers to about this wonderful gem! Kim and her husband Matt, who runs the back of the house, make a great pair.

It is SO easy to get a hold of them and grab some brunch, lunch or their personal chef dinners . All you have to do is give them a call at 910-679-8881 or order ahead athttps://www.shop-spoonfed.com/ and they will bring it out right to your car! Check out our convo below:

When did Spoonfed open? 

We have been open almost 3 years!

Why Wilmington? 

Initially we came for the ocean but we’re staying for the friendships and community.

How many people do you employ?

We have 10 full time + 8 part time + 20 event staff and growing!

What are you best known for?

Our hashtag is #feedyourlifestyle….some days that is our Superfoods Salad + Kombucha…some days it’s our Buttermilk Biscuit with housemade sausage and eggs with a hot chocolate…..or our killer Grassfed Burger! We also throw a great party!

What is your favorite dish on the menu? 

I love our beet bruschetta, the chicken bahn mi with pickled jalapeno slaw, our homemade quiche and the chillaquilles with tomatillo salsa…..and our french toast with lemon curd and berries is a weekend indulgence! Okay…..I’ll stop.

What sort of special menus are you doing right now?

We have our regular cafe menu for breakfast and lunch, our Personal Chef Dinners to go, freezer meals and soups, bakery items (need a birthday cake?), provisions (local honey, coffee, our housemade granola, wine and toilet paper!), coffee beverages to go and Panacea growler refills all available for on-line ordering.

What are your hours right now?

Our hours now are 8-2 Wednesday – Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday, but you can order on line for the following week any time.

What sort of methods are you offering to order?

On-line ordering at shop-spoonfed.com. You can pre-order your whole week of dinners! Of course you can phone in your orders too! (910-679-8881)

Tell us something we may not know:

We moved here from Chicago. After years of catering for Oprah Winfrey, our deeply fudgy brownies were featured on “Oprah’s Favorite Things” Show in 2006. They were gifted by the White House in 2009-2010. 

Dog-Friendly Menu Items at Drive-Thrus

Next time you head out for a quick bite don’t forget to grab your furry best friend to hit up some of these drive-thrus and take out favorites! Wilmington is a very dog friendly location meaning there are alot of restaurants with dog friendly options. Here are a few great drive-thrus and take out locations around Wilmington, grab your pooch and take a little ride to grab some tasty treats! Just remember too many tasty treats can be bad for your dog, also be careful to watch out for any dietary restrictions.  

 

First up we have our chains which many people may or may not know that these places have treats for your pup.

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Starbucks 

Probably the most known is the “Puppuccino” at Starbucks. No this “Puppuccino” doesn’t have any coffee in it, it’s just a doggy sized cup of whipped cream and it’s free!

 

Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts just like Starbucks has a doggy sized cup of whipped cream only Dunkin’ calls it the “Puppy Latte”. 

 

 Dairy Queen

At Dairy Queen grab yourself a tasty treat and grab a “Pup Cup” for your best friend. A “Pup Cup” is a free doggy sized cup of vanilla ice cream. 

 

Brusters

Have a sweet tooth? Go grab yourself a Brusters sundae and while you’re there grab your pooch a “Doggie Sundae”. The “Doggie Sundae” is a dog sized vanilla sundae that might even be topped with a dog biscuit! 

 

Sonic

One of the few drive-in restaurants, Sonic is the perfect place to bring your pup along! Some locations offer a doggy treat you just have to ask! If your location does not then you can get your furry friend a lick or two of your vanilla ice cream cone, or a plain no bread hot dog, grilled chicken or hamburger.  

 

Chick-fil-A 

At Chick-fil-A some locations offer doggy treats but if your location you can split an order of grilled chicken nuggets or a small vanilla ice cream cone. 

 

McDonald’s, Burger King, & Wendy’s

McDonald’s, Burger King, & Wendy’s a plain burger or grilled chicken plain, no bun, or a few licks from your vanilla soft serve.

 

Of course some local favorites have great dog treats, here are just a few! 

 

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PT’s Olde Fashioned Grille

There are some great options for your pup at PT’s Olde Fashioned Grille. Especially since you can customize all of their sandwiches. Some great options to pick from would be the P.T. Burger, P.T. Dog or the Turkey Sandwich all of these options should be plain and with no bread. PT’s is also part of our support location restaurants initiative, when you buy a vehicle from Jeff Gordon Chevrolet you will receive a $50 gift car, find out more here: Support Local Restaurants

 

Trolly Stop

Trolly Stop has been serving the Wilmington community for over 40 years and they love the dog family too! There are some great options for your pooch. They have the “Doggy Dog”, they also have the plain no bread burger option.   

 

Cookout

Cookout is a great Southern favorite! Like most of the other places they have the option of a plain no bread burger, grilled chicken or hot dog. If you want to give your pup an extra special treat, you could get them a small cup of vanilla ice cream. 

 

As you can see there are many great options for you and your pooch to enjoy a quick bite. Let us know if there are any other options for you and your pup.