Today was CRAZY! First of all both Pink and I are still working our full time jobs (employees by day) while we scour the rooftops and internet for admins and others who are looking for catering solutions (dynamic duo of catering by night). So today was the fruit of this way of life. We had a gig today — which went swimmingly I must say — for which we were working into the wee hours of the morning (about 3AM) to make sure we had everything in order. The menu? Jambalaya, Candied Yams, Our Country Tis of Thee Potato Salad, Our standard mixed green salad, and the Heavenly (crack) Rolls.
For the record the client had an employee appreciation BBQ and offered us the opportunity to provide sides. We gladly met the offer with this selection. The reviews were unanimous…now if you are reading this you no doubt have to question my objectivity on this subject matter, heck I would if I were you, but the reality is I did the garbage can test.
When you ask a patron or customer how was the food or how was their experience, they will almost always say something favorable, even when they are in fact unhappy with the food or the service or some other aspect of the experience. The garbage can however will never lie to you. When you see how much food is thrown away and what is thrown away, you can get the message clearly of what is liked and what is disliked. Today the cans were SILENT.
The crew — to the amazement of the client — mauled the mixed green salad, inhaled the jambalaya, and eviscerated the candied yams. One of the ladies in Admin remarked, she would definitely be calling us to cater her wedding. Even by her accounts that is 10 years away, but we like the sound of that. All in all it was a good day. I am certain that we will be solicited again to provide food.
Now that this job is finished though it is time to turn our complete and undivided attention to the San
Francisco Street Food Festival. We just completed a logistics meeting with our team. We have the greatest team on the planet. On the kitchen logistics side, our team 3 consultants on retainer with ServSafe Certifications and over 50 years of experience helped us put together plans and contingency plans to create over 3000 waffles.
We are well aware that no one planned or expected us to win the vote, let alone be able to handle the logistics of this situation. Though this is our first food festival it is not our first rodeo. And given our driven natures, we want to show what all those people voted for to the rest of the San Francisco Street Food World. Are you ready? Drink your water, do your crunches now. After you partake in our creation, you will either sleep or quit your diet…and it will have been worth it.
Life is short…eat something memorable.