IHOP serves up free pancakes

By February 17, 2011

In celebration of National Pancake Day on Tuesday, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The special offer runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In Davis, IHOP is at 1745 Cowell Blvd.

For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are invited to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Donations made at IHOPs in the Sacramento area will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ programs at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

IHOP hopes to raise $2.3 million this year. Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $5.35 million and given away more than 10.1 million pancakes to support charities in the communities in which it operates.

IHOP served 4 million free pancakes on National Pancake Day last year and customers donated more than $2.1 million to children’s charities. In fact, all of the free pancakes served on National Pancake Day 2010 would have created a stack more than 31.5 miles high.

An IHOP news release explained that Pancake Day is a tradition that dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products — hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.

To find a local IHOP or to donate online, go to http://www.ihoppancakeday.com.

Enterprise staff

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