The US Census Bureau estimates…( have you ever noticed that immediately after
hearing or reading these three words, the next things you hear or see are blah,
blah, blah,– in the voice of Charlie Brown’s teacher–, blah, blah, blah) that
10,000 baby boomers…(blah, blah, blah,) 30% of which (blah, blah, blah). All I
know is that it is a proven fact that over 58.7% of all statistics are entirely
So this weekend we had the enviable (or if you listen to our aching feet unenviable) opportunities to first cater Chef’s father’s retirement bash, second an MBA graduation celebration, and third a Socialites’Post Wedding Brunch. As you can imagine Father is very proud of Chef. His story is he came to the US with $10 in his pocket but he has come from these beginnings to own his own businesses and not the least of which was a gas station. He often beams with utter pride as he speaks glowing of his daughter’s entrepreneurship. So you know he would employ us for his “I Quit” soiree. We were tasked to bring to this culturally diverse group some of our textbook faves: Jambalaya, Smackin’berry Chicken, Pear and Walnut Salad, and “Crack” AKA Honey Rolls. Needless to say, the food slayed ‘em! If we were Chris Rock we could have just yelled “I’m out!” Dropped the mic and exited stage right. This by the way was job one for Saturday.
Saturday evening was one of the biggest catered events we have had to date. Now bear in mind we have successfully fed a horde at the 2011 San Francisco Street Food Festival. We dealt with a really large group for the Firefighter’s funeral. By the way, Firemen can EAT! Last night was big because it was with one of our largest with Plan to Perfect (one of our preferred event planners). The job had interesting challenges, but we were able to pool our resources and bring this group of 120+ our visions. The best part of this event was we had the opportunity to unveil some of our new toys!
I have mentioned that growing up I loved Batman and James Bond. Cool heroes with such wonderful toys. So as a fully formed adult I still love gadgets. Chef and I discovered Home Goods two weeks ago and we acquired items that take our presentation to a whole new plateau. You know it’s all marketing anyway. We were relying on the taste and the look of the food to carry us. Now we have added a third dimension to our table design that will help REALLY leave an impression. Last night we added (wait for it) submersible lights! Cue the dramatic music, and dum, dum, dum. There is no visual quite like glowing vases and Caprese Salad Skewers on a spotlight. And lest I forget, shot out to the crew: Chef, Monk, Numbers 2-5, and Spanky (you did well with the Cake
We finished last night late, got home after 1PM and had to turn around and do a job the following morning (once more in the City). This job took us away from our refuge (sad face). So the socialite and her fiancé tried our wares last year at the festival. Loved the waffle, kept our brochure, and hired us for their post
wedding brunch. Yes they got married the night before, had a soiree/dinner, stayed at a hotel overnight, and returned to have us cater a brunch for all their out of town guests. All I can say is, read it for yourself.
After we finished this job, we returned to stately Waffle Manor and crashed. After we arose from our slumber, we spent some quality time with the Government twins, Father, Divine Flower Design and various other members of Chef’s family. Divine Flower Design helped us with some new marketing strategies. We are about to DOMINATE!
By the way, life is short…eat something memorable.