Archive for ‘Local events’

March 27, 2012

It’s almost here!

I would like to invite you to walk with us at Cincinnati’s first annual FAAN Walk for Food Allergies on April 28! I know. I haven’t written in a long time, but I swear it’s for a great reason. I’ve been really busy making some HUGE changes to Phro*Zen, which I will announce as soon as I have more details (The changes include a retail site. Prepare for overuse of exclamation points on that post!). For now, however, you can still find our pints at Essnecha, or send us a custom order (

But back to the walk. My last post was about the walk, so if you need a quick refresher, just scroll and read so I don’t bore you with repetetive details. This post is mostly just to remind everyone to sign up for a team fast because as hard as it is to believe, the walk is just about a month away! It’s going to be so much fun – you really don’t want to miss out. There will be free allergy-safe food samples, circus acts, a bounce house, and more! Plus, if you raise enough donations you get a t-shirt. Pretty cool, right?

So, how do you sign up? Follow this link to our walk site page, and click “create a team,” or “sign up as an individual.” Or if you would like to join team “Kai’s Good Karma” and walk to represent Phro*Zen, you are more than welcome to join! The process is pretty simple, but if you have any questions you can contact FAAN through the website, or post your question here. Then all you have to do is collect donations!

And whether you can be there with us at Friendship Park, or you sign up as a “digital walker,” I am so grateful for your support. You have shown Phro*Zen so much love, which is why it is able to continue growing in such exciting directions, and the community has wrapped its arms around the food allergy cause just as lovingly. As a friend of a family affected by food allergies it means the world to me to know that the cause is not just theirs, but ours, and together we can raise the awareness and education that’s necessary to save lives.

December 16, 2011

A really big little announcement!

I didn’t want to announce it too soon in case anything changed, but I can’t wait any longer to tell you all about….this really cool…..really big deal…..that Phro*Zen gets to be a part of….and you can be a part of too….do you want to know what it is? Are you sure? Do you really want to know?

It’s Cincinnati’s first FAAN Walk for Food Allergies!!!!!

 As made obvious by the excessive use of exclamation points above, I am pretty excited about the walk. It’s a great way to show support for members of your community affected by food allergies, plus it’s going to be a whole lot of fun. I hope you’ll consider creating a team and joining all of us on April 28, 2012 at Friendship Park for a beautiful walk by the river, as well as a few other fun things we’ve got planned. I’ll be keeping everyone up to date on what our board is working on here, but you can also follow @FAANwalkCinci on Twitter, “Like” the Facebook page, and check out the website for more info or to donate. If you have any questions that you’d like answered about the walk, feel free to email me at Love, Meg


September 17, 2011

Yelp me! I want to party!

Hey pals! How are you enjoying this fine fall weather? Well don’t blink, you know how long a midwestern fall lasts… wait. Is that snow i see? Okay maybe not yet.

We’re gearing up for an awesome event hosted by the fine folks at Yelp. The event is called, Cirque du Yelp, a carnival themed one-night event at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, KY on October 1st from 8 to 10pm. You can RSVP by going to this WEBSITE. If you don’t already have a Yelp account you should sign up so you can get all kinds of fun information about your favorite local businesses and events. You can also review businesses and read other’s reviews, it’s a great tool for when you’re feeling adventurous and want to try a new restaurant.

The Pro*Zen girls will be handing out some tasty snack at Cirque du Yelp along with tons of other great local food and beverage vendors. You don’t want to miss this one, and it’s free!!

A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. – Eleanor Roosevelt


August 25, 2011

Have you seen us lately?

Our packaging got a bit of a facelift recently. We’re moving up in the world and now have fancy new labels for our Cookies n’ No Cream, Kai’s Good Karma, Enlightened Lemon Lavender, and Mint Meditation. All of these superstars are still vegan, gluten free, peanut and tree nut free!

A great way to see our new pints in action is to pick one up at Picnic and Pantry, Meals to Go, and Park + Vine. An even BETTER way to see them would be by coming out to Park + Vine this Friday for Final Friday in Downtown Cincinnati. You could grab an ice cream sandwich and chat with the fun and always fabulous Phro*Zen ladies! Mention the secret word “facelift” and your face will get a lift with a smile because you’ll receive $.50 off your ice cream sandwich.

 We look forward to seeing our Phro*Zen fans this Friday!

July 21, 2011

A forgetful moment turns unforgettable

 Last week (was it last week already?!) I was a guest speaker at Wyoming Youth Services summer camp program. I brought in samples of Phro*Zen sandwiches, spoke about how I started the business, what my experience was like in the Wyoming school system, etc. Then, after a rousing game of dodgeball with the campers, I was on my way back into the summer heat – sans my reusable containers, extra stickers, and other supplies.

The camp leader was sweet enough to collect all of my items for me, and along with the package arrived a card signed by all of the campers. I thought the kids were great when I left them, but this little thank you note gave me new hope all over again.

“Thank you so much for showing us different ways of making ice cream and for caring about others and their ways of eating ice cream.”

“The ice cream was so so good!”

“Thank you for looking out for everyone’s needs.”

All I can say is that I’m blown away by the level of understanding and acceptance of others shown by the kids I was lucky enough to meet at this camp. They had so many questions, so many ideas to share, and every single one inspired me. I feel like I should write a thank you note for their thank you note. Love, Meg

July 7, 2011

Something cold, something new…

…something really tasty too! We’re heading out to another awesome Yelp! event tomorrow, and you know what we made? They’re almost too good to be true. Almost. But here they are…

They're chilly. They're vegan. They're free tomorrow night.

 Grateful Grahams made some mini grahams for these tasty little Phro*Zen sandwiches we’ll be slinging for free tomorrow evening. We hope to see you at the Yelp! event – we promise to try to save you one of these tasty little ‘wiches, but get there early because we can’t guarantee they’ll last long!

May 13, 2011

This is what we call prep.

Dance to this: Mr. Little Jeans \”Rescue Song\”

While eating these:

Minutes required to arrange those tasty little buggers for a photo: 3 Minutes required to eat them all: 4

And making this:

You're staring into salted smoky vanilla bourbon caramel sauce. It knows you want it.

What else are we prepping for Saturday’s event? Oh….you’ll just have to come to our dessert event to see and taste it all.

May 5, 2011

Phro*Zen and Please are teaming up – do you have your ticket?

You’re invited to an upscale vegan ice cream social.

What: Phro*Zen vegan ice cream, including some flavors created exclusively for the event, will be served alongside playful vegan dessert accompaniments by Please and paired with coffee from Park+Vine.

When: Saturday May 14th 6p.m.

Where: Park+Vine

Cost: 20 tickets for $25 each get you in to a unique dessert experience and are available at the front desk at Park+Vine.

May 1, 2011

The First Greyhound Pets of America Benefit

Last night was the first of what I hope will be many benefits for Greyhound Pets of America, which is the greyhound adoption program that we got Ida from. Supporting the program that saves so many dogs after they’re retired from the race track was something we really wanted to do, and Derek was the guy to put it all together.

Derek and Ida. My man and my dog. Love them both.

He set everything up with Neon’s Unplugged, a bar off of Main in OTR that is dog-friendly (which gives it so many points, as do Molly Wellman’s expertly mixed cocktails). The GPA of Greater Cincinnati rounded up some troops, Derek pulled together donations from Buffalo Wild Wings, Maggiano’s, and more, and the event was on.

We wanted to support it too, since I love Ida, and Derek is my guy as well as one of our taste-testers, so we whipped up a batch of Ida’s favorite flavor of Phro*Zen – Peanut Butter Peace Train. Owners and greyhounds alike enjoyed free scoops!

"Pitt" the greyhound enjoying some Phro*Zen

“Pitt” in the photo above and her foster parent hung out very close to the cooler for much of the night. She needs adopting by the way! She’s so sweet, and definitely a cuddler, so if anyone out there is thinking about a dog, please consider Pitt!

While the night was full of good food, fun conversations, and plenty of  new dogs and people to meet, it was really all about getting these dogs into safe and loving homes after they’ve been on the race track. The donations received from the silent auctions, donation buckets, etc., will all be put toward getting more pups like our Ida off of the track and into a family. We’re so glad to have her, and we were so excited to see more happy party animals out at Neon’s last night – we loved the greyhounds too!

The greyhounds and their owners out on the bocce ball lawn.

April 26, 2011

A ticket to good taste: Please and Phro*Zen tasting dinner

Hello there friends! We’ve been busy. With what, you ask? Oh, you’ll see. But first, let me tell you about a little event we’re hosting along with Park+Vine, and Please catering.

Saturday May 14th 6p.m.

Park+Vine on Main St.

If you buy your ticket (there are a limited number to keep it fire code friendly of course), you’ll be joining some fellow tasters in a completely vegan experience including Phro*Zen ice cream, complimentary culinary creations by Please, and coffee pairings provided by Park+Vine.

That’s right. An entirely vegan upscale ice cream social of sorts. I’m not going to give away any of the flavor combinations or anything, but believe me, you’ll want to be there. If you read our post about Please’s dinner on April 1st, you know it’ll be an experience you and your tastebuds won’t soon forget.

So where do you get your ticker? Park+Vine of course! Go down and head to the register, where you can buy your ticket and say hello to a friendly P+V associate. Join us, won’t you Please? ; )

More soon my dears! For now, love, Meg.