TGI Fridays’ Brand Ambassador Kick Off Event

When I launched Cocktails with Mom seven years ago, I never imagined the people I would meet, the opportunities that I’d be given, and the path my little ole blog would take. What began as an experimental and creative outlet for me has turned into something so much more.

 So when something fabulous comes my way, I can’t wait to share with you lovelies.  If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you probably already know that…

 I’m a TGI Friday’s Brand Ambassador.

TGI Fridays Ambassador logoWhat does that mean? All sorts of awesome stuff: It means I’ll be bringing you all kinds of insider info about Friday’s. From new menu items, fantastic giveaways, exciting changes and events you do not want to miss.

When they contacted me about a month ago and asked if I’d be interested in being one of their Brand Ambassadors, it was a no brainer. I mean, I already happen to love the brand and they do have some really awesome cocktails. So working with Fridays in an official capacity is a natural fit for us here at Cocktails with Mom.  I am head over heels about this opportunity and can’t wait to share with all the great things going on at Friday’s. 

Friday's ambassador

To start off,  all of us ambassadors were invited to Dallas for the TGI FRIDAYS Brand Ambassadors Kick-Off. I was unable to make the trip but the lovely Raijean of was kind enough to go on my behalf and according to her, they were in for a real treat!

Here’s how it all started for Raijean and what she had to say. A few weeks ago, I headed to Dallas, Texas for the TGI FRIDAYS Brand Ambassadors Kick-Off.  As soon as we arrived at the airport TGI FRIDAYS had a driver waiting to take us to our hotel. During our trip we stayed at the beautiful NYLO hotel in Plano, Texas. I wished I could’ve spent more time in the room but duty called.  After checking in and relaxing for a few the ambassadors met down in the lobby to head over to the local TGI FRIDAYS for the Welcome Happy Hour & Dinner.

tgi-fridays-hancrafted menu_2At the event we got a chance to speak with TGI Fridays  staff about all the new dishes and upgrades they’ve been making over the last few months.

tgi-fridays-menu-preview_2The fun didn’t stop there after trying out the latest and greatest we then headed over to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens for a night of music, conversation and fun. If you’ve never been to the Dallas Arboretum, I suggest you go for a visit the next time you are in Dallas.

After an evening full of great food and music, we headed back to the hotel for a chance to rest up and prepare for the next day of events. We got up bright and early to head over to TGI Fridays Corporate office. After breakfast we went on a tour of the facilities and got a history lesson in all things TGI Fridays. 

Did you know that TGI Fridays created my beloved potato skins? A fact that even I didn’t know! Not only did they create them but now they have upgraded them. That’s right they have upgraded the potato skins, they now use Sargento Cheese and changed the type of potato they are using. The new potato skins and mozzarella sticks are pure perfection, I’m talking the best I’ve ever had. We also learned that TGI Fridays invented Happy Hour! Who knew?!?! After our history lesson, we gathered to get a lesson in what TGI Fridays is all about from the culture to the food. TGI Fridays wants to bringing social back to the dining experience.


 After learning more about the brand, we headed over to Little Fridays (TGI Fridays Sample Kitchen at the Corporate Office) to try and sample  some new dishes and cocktails coming to TGI Fridays menu. I’ve been a longtime fan of TGI Fridays but what I can say is that they have really stepped their game up, they have taken the extra step to not just serve bar food but to provide guests with a culinary experience. TGI Fridays goal is to serve handcrafted food and drinks that guests will love. Some of my favorites from the day included: Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers, Fresh Sirloin with Parmesan Butter,  the newly added Fire-Grilled Lobster Tail and the Memphis Hickory-Rubbed Salmon.  To tell you the truth I loved everything we sampled.


And if the food wasn’t good, the cocktails was a big hit as well. My favorite included: the Strawberry Passion Fruit Tea,  the Pumpkin Spice Martini which will be available this September and Peppermint Martini.

Overall, I had a great time learning about one of my favorite restaurants! I must say whenever I go to TGI Fridays I usually get the same thing, being able to sample these new and improved dishes forced me to step out of my comfort zone and boy am I glad I did. TGI Fridays has come a long way, so make sure you stop in to see what new, you will be glad you did! 

Please stay tuned for more to come. There are definitely lots of surprises in store coming up very soon and that means lots of fun for you, me and TGI Fridays’

So tell me, what’s your favorite menu item at Friday’s?




  1. Great times, congratulations!!

  2. Rachel says:

    Congratulations. I haven’t been to a TGI Friday’s in years. But looking at the new menu items, I need to change that.

  3. What fun, and congrats on becoming a TGIF’s ambassador!

    • Dee says:

      Thanks Dan, I’m looking forward to it.

  4. TGIFriday’s is one of my fave restaurants. I’ve always loved their appetizers

    • Dee says:

      Yes ,they really do have some of the best appetizers!

  5. Now this is one YUMMY ambassadorship!

  6. I was there not too long ago for lunch with my Mom–I had the steak with butter sauce-it came with a salad that was hot and almost too spicy for me–I said almost! I was definitely a member of the clean plate(s) club that day. My Mom ordered a salad and had to take a lot of it home–it was too large for her to finish! Neither of us drink but the iced tea was good

  7. Congrats on the ambassadorship. TGI Fridays is so yummy.

  8. Congrats! It looks like you had a blast and had amazing food!

  9. Congratulations!! TGI Fridays is one of my favorites! I love their crispy green beans!

  10. That is great congrats! I love their jack daniels everything!

  11. Scott says:

    We rarely eat there, but love the Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skin potato chips we get from Walmart. Addictive!

  12. Congrats on being a TGI Friday’s Brand Ambassador. Look forward to learning some behind the scenes info about the restaurant.

  13. I love Fridays! They have so many yummy dishes! What was the dish with chocolate drizzled over it, it looked like it might have had Oreos?

  14. I am super jealous! This sounds like such a good time.

  15. Amanda @ Erickson & Co. says:

    Yum! We don’t have a TGI Fridays anywhere close to us. The nearest one is 4 hours away. I ate their once and they did have pretty good food.

  16. Congratulations! What an awesome experience. We haven’t been to Fridays in so long, but I’m thinking we need to make that a date night soon.

  17. How fun! I bet you had an amazing time, so much fun! And great food too, I LOVE TGIF!!

  18. I have only ever eaten there once, many, many years ago so I don’t have a favorite it. All of that food looks yummy though!

  19. Wow…. You must have had a great time at TGI Friday’s

  20. Beth says:

    I love their appetizers! I can make a meal just from those!

    • Dee says:

      Beth, this is so true. I thought I was the only one who does that lol.

  21. Rosey says:

    They have one in Ohio and we usually stop when we go to Cedar POint (our annual amusement trip visit). Always a wait, and always worth it. :)

  22. Their loaded nachos are amazing. When I think of them, that’s what I always want.

  23. They have such a delicious menu! You really can’t go wrong with anything!

  24. Congrats! I’ll admit I haven’t been to TGI Fridays in a long while, but seeing all that delicious food makes me want to change that soon!

  25. How awesome, congrats! Love TGI Fridays.

    • Dee says:

      Thanks Crystal, and also be on the lookout for some neat things to come.

  26. Wow! These dishes don’t look anything like what I saw the last time I was at a TGI Fridays. It DOES look like they have really stepped up their game! I will definitely have to go and soon. My favorite menu item of theirs is their spinach dip appetizer. It is my all time favorite appetizer ANYWHERE.

  27. Mmm Love TGI fridays! Looks like such a fun event! love the pics!

  28. TGI Friday’s is one of Matt and my favorite restaurants! The closest one is an hour away though so we only get to go there about once a month!! :(

  29. Dee says:

    The last time I was at TGIF I made a meal out of French Onion Soup and Potato Skins. You can’t get any better than that.

  30. I love TGI Fridays! Congratulations on your ambassador role!

  31. Robyn says:

    Congratulations! How fun!

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