in a restaurant with the team — we just finished shopping for our job on
Wednesday– and we can’t help but look at the operations and find the kaizen opportunities. The bigger the menu, the more items the customers have to consider, the longer it takes to place an order, which slows down the turnover of the table tops. The second issue is that it slows the kitchen down, because there are too many items to prep, every order is a just in time situation. Kaizen: fewer items on the menu. Save that waste of waiting. Why is this even relevant to us? The long term goal is a breakfast spot “Breakfast at Pinx” in addition to the food truck, the farmer’s markets, and distribution of items via Internet orders. Because of this the Food Network is always on in the house, when we are not reading, cooking, eating, talking, or watching Criminal Minds (our guilty pleasure). Everywhere we go to eat we are thinking and measuring. Every location we are looking at the size of the restaurant, the decor, the menu, the service, the uniforms, the ambiance, and the like. It is amazing how the “American Dream” or self determination can be such a tangible force in your life. The true key is to maintain the life-work balance. We got into this — yes it was by accident — because of our love of food. And I seem to recall hearing or reading somewhere that if you do what you love, you won’t work a day in your life. Take this the right way now, but we are not trying to work anymore! It is time to walk into the office and declare, ” I have an announcement….ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! I QUIT!” Only because its time to do what I love. As a matter of fact, everyone should do what they love. If you elect me president, I promise that everyone will have a job doing what they were meant to do. A chicken in every pot…ask not what your kitchen can do for you, ask rather what you can do for your kitchen!
Anywho, we are putting together the logisitcs for our next job. It seems every job we learn something new. We plan a little better. Our flow is a little tighter. Is it possible to not run up against the clock? Does every event really have to look like an Iron Chef episode? Right now the answer appears to be a resounding yes. But the truth is this is the greatest adventure ever. This endeavor allows the folks in our “circle of trust” to do what they love to do…or depending on their medication, what they can’t help but do. So we are sitting at the dining room table, discussing the plans for Wednesday: slicing baguettes, rubbing pork butts, buying fruit, making rub, rolling lumpia, and plating. Did you know Berkeley Bowl is the best location for produce we have found. And it is budget friendly even to the recessed. WE LOVE that place!
So the plans for the next week: we have a breakfast on Saturday morning. We received an order for 3 meals for a shut in new mother. Wednesday is the 250 person back breaker in Richmond. The crew has been hired and the accessories acquired. We will finish our shopping on Saturday. The team is drafting the presentation for the dishes. Watch out world, we will be bringing the thunder and rolling like butter.
Life is short…eat something memorable.