Monthly Archives: September 2010

Good morning! [Gunshot]

Mmm… I love coffee.

A collection of Jim Henson-produced commercial spots for Wilkins Coffee, a DC-area coffee company. Limited to ten seconds, the ads featuring coffee-shilling Wilkins and antagonist-victim, Wonkins, became immensely popular with the majority of the local television audience and marked an advertising shift to the humorous and quirky. Henson produced nearly 200 ads for Wilkins, as well as altered versions for several other regional coffee companies.

Jim Henson on his marketing genius: “Till then, [advertising] agencies believed that the hard sell was the only way to get their message over on television. We took a very different approach. We tried to sell things by making people laugh.”

For a full history, including stills from dozens of the ads, check out http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Wilkins_Coffee

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Let’s Get Forked!

Ah, the first post of a new blog. This is when you, the hesitant first-time visitor, make all the quick assumptions that will decide whether or not you will be returning to this blog. So, I’m going to make this very simple:

This is a blog about dining out in Pittsburgh. Once or twice a week, we’ll be podcasting a trip to a local eatery, which we will then post for download, in addition to photos and other bits of info and trivia from our visits.

We’ll also be featuring other food-related articles, ranging from current snack obsessions (I’m looking at you, Snyder‘s Hawaiian Sweet Onion chips), favorite websites (Vegweb, your wonders never cease), local goings-on, even recipes (many of them probably borrowed – with permission – from superior cooks and bakers).

So don’t judge us just yet, cause this isn’t even the appetizer.