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Firehouse Subs {A Gift Card Giveaway!}

Firehouse Subs is one of my family's favorite "go-to" meals.  They have something that everyone likes.  And after hearing their history, humble beginnings and how much they give back to local communities, I like them even more.  
A few weeks ago, Firehouse Subs invited me to a local event, where I met Robin Sorensen, one of the founders and tasted some of their best-sellers.  

They actually have a pretty interesting history.  Started in 1994 by two brothers, both firefighters, who wanted to start a sub shop.  They came from a family of firefighters and loved the fellowship, camaraderie, and the food.  They were simply consumers, not chefs and certainly not trained to start a business from the ground up.  But look at them now, with restaurants in 35 states and looking to go internationally soon.
In the beginning, it was all about making the subs better than the competition.  So they worked hard to use only the best quality meats, cheese, breads, and even the pickles.  And you honestly can taste the difference.  For example, the Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket happens to use hickory smoked beef from Sadler's BBQ in Henderson, Texas.  They searched high & low to find the best brisket to use in this sandwich (also the most expensive in the store) to make this amazing best-seller.  And y'all, it has replaced my favorite Hook & Ladder - if you have not tried this sandwich yet, it is a MUST the next time!
What sets Firehouse Subs apart from other sub sandwiches is the steaming.  Sounds a little crazy to steam a sandwich, I know, but it honestly makes the sandwich.  Steaming is the opposite of microwaving, putting moisture into the sandwich, allowing all the flavors to come out.  For example, as we tasted the Italian (the #2 seller), you could smell and taste all the oregano because of the steam.
My kids totally dig the fun Coca-Cola machine, where there are tons of different options to add your sodas and waters (cherry-vanilla diet coke anyone?).  In addition to the fun machine, Firehouse Subs & Coca-Cola partnered to develop the Cherry-Lime-aid fountain drink as well, only available at Firehouse Subs.
One of the things I learned that night that impressed me the most, above all the yummy sandwiches, was the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, an amazing way Firehouse Subs give back to local communities.   This foundation provides first responders and public safety organizations with life-saving equipment, training, tools, and disaster relief (providing food).  The day Robin was in Austin, they were making a donation of 10 wildfire fire suits to the Cedar Park Fire Department.  Over the last 5 years, the foundation has made over 495 donations equaling over $5.7 million to police, fire departments, and schools.  Amazing.

About 60% of all donations are raised by the individual franchises too.  Donation Canisters are at each register for your loose change.  You can also round up your cash or credit purchase to the next dollar.  And you can purchase an empty, five-gallon pickle bucket for only $2 - what a great way to recycle the buckets and donate to a good cause!
Learning more about Firehouse Subs that day endeared me to them.  I think differently, knowing the quality of the sandwich I am eating (and feeding my family).  I respect the stores so much more now, seeing how much they give back to our local public safety communities.  I loved hearing the Sorenson Brothers' story and am proud of how successful they have become.

But it wasn't just about letting me taste all their yummy food.....Firehouse Subs wanted me to "share the love" to you as well, providing me with gift cards to give out to some readers!!

Want to win a $10 gift card to Firehouse Subs?  I have THREE up for grabs!

7 easy entries for you to win a $10 gift card to Firehouse Subs:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest begins Monday, February 25 at 7:00 am and ends Monday, March 4 at midnight.  Three inner will be choose Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 am and notified via email.  Prizes will be sent directly to the winners.  Good luck!

23 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

I've had their tuna sub and it's delicious. I would like to try their hook & ladder.

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I entered on the rafflecopter form as Mary Happymommy. Thanks!

Elena said...

I want to try the Italian sandwich

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Sonja Hoyt said...

We had a Firehouse Subs in a former town where we lived. We all loved it! Very tasty! Not one close now, but I enjoyed the memories.

rachel said...

I want to try their Engineer sub

Tonya @ The Traveling Praters said...

I've never eaten at Firehouse Subs- but I'd love to try the Italian sub.

Jessica To said...

I think I would like to try their Hook and Ladder!

1porkchop said...

I am most interested in trying the Smokehouse beef and Cheddar brisket

Mami2jcn said...

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AubreyLaine said...

I love their Hook & Ladder
rafflecopter name: Alaine

Angela said...

I've never eaten at Firehouse Subs before, but I've heard a lot about it on the radio. I would love to try the New York Steamer

Lacey_Renea said...

I've never had firehouse subs before but I'd love to!

ellie said...

I would like to try the Italian. I haven't eaten there but I love Italian sandwiches.

Vivacious Ramsey said...

i love the club with extra honey mustard

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Janice said...

I've never had Firehouse subs, but would like to try the Hook & Ladder.
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Marla Z. said...

I want to try the Italian! It looks yummy! marla zick at aol dot com

Holly Ann said...

I have never had a fire house sub before but the New York Screamer is making me soo hungry!

Sheili said...

I've had their cheese steak yum! I'd love to try their Italian.

agatewood1 said...

I'd like to try their hook and ladder-I have honestly never been to Firehouse before ;/ Thanks for the chance 2 win so I can try it!

Sabrina said...

I want to the club.

Neiddy Ruiz said...

I would like to try the hook & ladder first

Call Me Mrs. B said...

My favorite is italian!

Marla Z. said...

Thank you so much! I'm so excited to be selected as a winner!