Free Sample Day at Panera Bread This Thursday!

On Thursday, June 11, 2009, metro Detroit Panera Bread bakery-cafes are inviting customers to stop in to enjoy samples of the new Chopped Cobb Salad, the Strawberry Poppyseed Salad and a variety of frozen beverages.

Panera’s newest menu addition, the Chopped Cobb Salad, is a hybrid of a traditional Cobb and a chopped salad. This salad features all-natural, antibiotic-free pepper-mustard chicken, Applewood-smoked bacon, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, fresh tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs and crisp chopped romaine lettuce tossed with an herb vinaigrette dressing.

The Strawberry Poppyseed Salad, a summer favorite at Panera, also returns to bakery-cafes. Made with freshly-picked romaine lettuce, crunchy pecans, fat-free reduced sugar Poppyseed dressing and an assortment of fresh fruit (including freshly cut strawberries, blueberries, pineapple tidbits and Mandarin oranges), the Strawberry Poppyseed Salad is a lighter choice for warmer weather.

Panera Bread also offers several frozen beverages for those looking to beat the summer heat. The Low-fat Strawberry Smoothie, blended with Stonyfield Farm low-fat, organic vanilla yogurt and a full serving of fruit, is a healthy addition to any meal and makes a nutritious snack. Additionally, the Frozen Lemonade nicely complements any summer salad or sandwich. For those seeking a more decadent treat, Panera’s Frozen Mocha is made with Belgian cocoa, pure vanilla extract made from Madagascan Bourbon vanilla beans and a topping of whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

“Whether you’re planning a picnic, meeting a colleague for lunch or simply escaping the heat of a summer day, Panera’s salads, sandwiches and frozen beverages say summer at its best,” said Lee Carmona, area director of Panera Bread of the Great Lakes Region. “As always, customers can take comfort in knowing that many of their Panera favorites can be customized to fit many dietary needs or taste preferences.”

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