Fathers had the chance to take their daughters out for some quality time this weekend.
The men and their daughters were greeted with red and white tablecloths draped across the vinyl tables, each with a single red rose and baby’s breath in a vase, lit safety candles inside glass containers, decorated books of “conversation starters” and family names on placecard.
This was no five-star restaurant. It was Chick-fil-A.
“It was really a double sword,” Chick-fil-A’s Marketing Director Tamara Gedeon said. “I wanted dads and daughters to have a special chance to bond with some good conversation and enjoy each other’s company.”
She is in charge of every weekly activity for customers.
This was the first time the restaurant chain did this event in Tallahassee.
James Middleton, a Tallahassee resident, jumped at the opportunity to treat his 11-year-old daughter.
“I think this is a wonderful idea,” Middleton said. “Honestly, I rarely get to be alone with my daughter, being in a house with five people and she being the only girl in the house.”
In the spirit of the upscale dinner, Chick-fil-A offered customers a dessert platter of lemon pies, fudge nut brownies, ice cream, milkshakes, cheesecakes with strawberries, chocolate or blueberries. The dressed up “couples” even had a photo booth available to take father-daughter pictures.
“Most dads wouldn’t think to bring cameras like moms would,” Gedeon said with a chuckle. “At the least, I wanted them to have a memory of the night to scrapbook.”
After dinner, dessert and a photo shoot, it was time for a ride around the town. A limo driver came inside to get the guests and lead them to their chariot. Each couple received about 15 minutes around downtown with Top Hats limousine service.
Tallahassee resident William Brim attended with his two young daughters.
“I had a very enjoyable time hanging with my girls,” Brim said.”The conversation starter kit was great. They changed their favorite colors on me and I didn’t even know!”
Fathers were informed about the event when purchasing meals. Every registered family had its name placed on a table.
Participants registered online at www.Chick-Fil-A.com