SOURCE: Noodles & Company

August 13, 2008 13:27 ET

Noodles & Company Inspires Creativity Through Its 'You Are What You Eat… Now Show Us Who You Are Doodle Contest'

Grand Prize Winners to Receive Free Noodles & Company for One Year

BROOMFIELD, CO--(Marketwire - August 13, 2008) - Noodles & Company, the quick-casual, globally inspired noodle restaurant that serves a balanced menu of freshly sautéed Asian, Mediterranean and American cuisine, is encouraging its guests to have fun with food and get creative by designing a personalized doodle of themselves using their favorite edible items like fruits, vegetables, pasta, candy, cookies, chips -- and the list goes on and on.

From now until Friday, Aug. 22, people can design their doodle, take a digital photo and upload it to Noodles & Company's contest Web site located at along with a 50-word essay on why their doodle exemplifies who they are. Grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of Noodles & Company judges and will be awarded in three age categories -- six to 11, 12 to 17, and 18 and older. Each winner will receive free Noodles & Company meals for one year and a special VIP tasting for themselves and up to five friends at a local Noodles & Company restaurant.

In addition, there is an opportunity for fans to visit the contest Web site to vote for their favorite doodle in each age category to select the People's Choice winners. The People's Choice winner in each age category will receive a $150 Noodles & Company gift card and a VIP tasting. All winners will be announced the week of Aug. 24.

"We developed our You Are What You Eat... Now Show Us Who You Are Doodle Contest as a fun-filled activity the whole family can enjoy," said Ross Kamens, executive chef at Noodles & Company. "At Noodles & Company we care about what our guests are eating, and that's why we are committed to nutritional transparency and serving fresh, wholesome, balanced menu options."

Noodles & Company's current 'You Are What You Eat' campaign furthers this mission by providing guests with recommendations on what to order if they are watching calories, fat, sodium or carbs. The campaign is being supported by in-restaurant materials and online information including surprising facts such as:

--  Noodles & Company serves 19 fresh veggies on its menu
--  Noodles & Company will customize your dish just the way you like it by
    adding a protein or adding, subtracting or substituting veggies, cheeses or
--  Noodles & Company has 17 dishes with 400 calories or less
--  Noodles & Company has 11 choices with 10g of fat or less
--  There are 0g of artificial trans fat at Noodles & Company
--  You can substitute Noodles & Company's regular whole grain linguine
    and add 20g of fiber to any dish
--  Sixteen of Noodles & Company dishes are vegetarian friendly

In recognition of Noodles & Company's commitment to health and nutrition, Health magazine, one of the country's foremost publications on improving health, recently honored Noodles & Company with the number-one spot on its new list, "America's Healthiest Fast-Food Restaurants."

About Noodles & Company

Colorado-based Noodles & Company was founded in 1995 and is the world's first quick-casual, globally inspired noodle restaurant. From healthy to indulgent and spicy to comforting, Noodles & Company's menu features Asian, Mediterranean and American inspired noodle dishes, soups and salads.

At Noodles & Company, there are no freezers, no microwaves, and no can openers. Instead, we seek to nourish and inspire our guests with a balanced and craveable menu made with fresh and wholesome ingredients. Every bowl is prepared to order with only the best noodles and pasta, fresh vegetables, authentic herbs and spices, artisan sauces and grilled chicken, beef, shrimp or organic tofu.

Noodles & Company believes you can eat well without compromising on taste or a nourishing meal. In fact, two thirds of its dishes are less than 500 calories. The company's educational Good Balance program was created to help guests make customizable food choices to meet their own balanced diet and needs. In recognition of its commitment to health and nutrition, Health magazine recently named Noodles & Company "America's Healthiest Fast-Food Restaurant."

Noodles & Company is a tip-free zone and is open seven days a week in more than 180 locations in 17 states. To view a menu and nutritional information, find a location or see what else is going on in Noodleville, visit

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