In the beginning (sounds very bibilcal doesn't it) there was a love of food. “Chef” Pink and I had our first “date” at a well known Hawaiian Spot in the City after all — I won’t even tell you how much she made me invest in our relationship… and for lunch no less! We then began our restaurant hopping until we found our favorite Sushi spot in the bay (I can’t eat Sushi anywhere else now. I would tell you where it is, but I do
want to still be able to find a table when I go there), the greatest Thai restaurant in the City, many a steak house, and the restaurant that inspired Pinx lamb dish — she had theirs and then created a dish which was BETTER…in the words of Brian Wilson and/or Charlie Sheen WINNING! So to long story short you, we love food. we love it so much that the progression to food professionals, did not seem like so much of an incredible leap. Who knew that this leap of passion, would come with LOGISTICS?
I’m not talking about FedEX or UPS get it there on time type logistics, but this is more Lean
Manufacturing Six Sigma Black Belt Logistics. In food you say? In food I say. From the time we won the contest, there has been a palpable fear that this “informal food vendor” – industry speak for home cook
— would be unable to provide the product in the numbers to meet the demand of the Foodie Horde.
Truth be told, with no point of reference we had a degree of trepidation as well. But the more we meet with the organizers and our own team of support staff (yes we have support staff) the less I fear.
True, this is our first foray into the food festival/ street fair market. True, there are always glitches in operations. True, the event organizers have no point of reference when it comes to our work and or experience. But there are other things we bring to the table. Also true, our support staff has over 63 combined years of food service logisitics, providing hundreds of thousands of meals yearly and an average age of 40. True, our team has College Degrees and Credentials in Food and Operations. True, everyone in Pinx has a background in Lean Manufacturing and Just in Time. True, Pinx is the winner of the Vote for your Vendor Contest. True, Pinx is a mystery. And most importantly, THIS IS THE GREATEST ADVANCEMENT IN WAFFLE TECHNOLOGY SINCE THE INVENTION OF THE WAFFLE IRON. When you are trying to rewrite the book on how things are done and what is real, you can’t let others define you and the rules you play by.So when we had our meeting with the event organizers earlier this week, it went swimmingly. When they saw our preparations, our stats,and our layouts of the work flow, they wanted copies to provide to other vendors: awe and amazement. Gotta love it.
So the festival is just two days away. Everything is going to come to pass in 48 short hours. We’ll be picking up our banner and T-shirts today. Meeting with our production team tonight and doing a dry run at our secret undisclosed location. Tomorrow we’ll be getting our rest because on Saturday August 20, 2011, our world will forever be changed. Did I mention, news media will be there as well? Nervous? Not so much…it’s gameday and we are about to come out of the tunnel. And just like gameday we spent all week preparing for it going over every contingency and permeation of what will and can happen. I can’t wait. We did our homework and the food will be wonderful! Looking forward to seeing you there.
Life is short…eat something memorable.