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Monday, April 23, 2007

Customer Appreciation Season Has Begun!

Today, along with 3(to 9-I'll explain later) other fellow workers we cooked for about 100 people-all employees of a good customer of mine! We do these cook-outs as a "thanks for the business", but believe me, they are alot of work. First you must decide on the menu (We had pop,water, 1/2lb hamburgers/cheeseburgers, brats, potato salad, munchies, cookies-along with all the condiments and toppings you could imagine!). Then you gotta physically go get it(I HATE SCHLEPPING!!!) , store it until needed, then lug it all to the customers and set it up and cook it. Don't forget clean-up! I bought all the stuff & lugged it. One other guy I have taken to calling The Wedding Planner(loves to be in charge and works his ass off, but could be alot more organized!) , drives the truck and trailer and does the grill setup and cooking. The other two are pretty much there to do what they're told. The other six from our company show up to eat and schmooze, with the truck driver, and shop guys later helping with the cleanup. It was windier than all get out today and we were fortunate to be able to cook in one of their truck bays. I set up the table like you would a buffet-first plates, napkins,etc., progressively working down towards the cookies for dessert. Made both sides of table accessable to speed things up. The best laid plans of mice and men... they all come in from the opposite direction, in a single line. By now I really don't give a sh*t, and most of them spent alot of their lunch period in a damn line.
When there are things like this in your life, don't you wait 'til the line gets shorter and THEN get in the line? Nothing sadder than people walking like they're in a chain gang for 20 minutes, instead of sitting for 15 and then getting into line for 5....

12 comments:

doggybloggy said...

People are dumb thats why they buy pet rocks, but you do sound like you have a grand ole time any way.

Eve said...

That's true about waiting in line. Like when you're getting on a plane. I mean, you already have assigned seats! But I guess people are afraid of the food running out, or of not getting overhead space.

My stomach is grumbling, as usual.

buffalodickdy said...

DogB- I used to try and stop them-but when the muttering started "Smart Ass", "Know-It-All" and Burn the Witch!". I decided to just nod and smile alot....
Eve- We just did the plane thing, and you nailed it!

Michelle Ann said...

Like I have always said, Catering is the odd combination of cooking and moving.... It's the most exhausting form of cooking... But then again, you usually get the satisfaction of watching people enjoy all your hard work and delicious food. You rarely get to see that when you are stuck in the back of some kitchen.

Finn said...

People are sheep.

Can I have a burger?

buffalodickdy said...

Michelle Ann- I agree with you, you are not wrong with this at all-but imagine doing the buying, transportation, set up and then not being the cook, and having to watch a guy that couldn't singe hair off a pigs' ass cook the food? Boy Howdy! When you've got bags of trophies and ribbons and have to watch a guy burn food, then let it get cold....
Finn- You're a baaaaad(in my best sheep voice!)girl....What do you want on it??

Lynda said...

Oh, come over to my work. Never mind, I will just drive up to your next location. I will help you schelp for a free meal. :) LOL

snowelf said...

argh! Life can be so frustrating sometimes, can't it. But it can also be delicious. ;)

--snow

Jen said...

I'll wait patiently for food cooked by others any day, but not in line though, I don't do lines.

pinknest said...

ooh i wish they did this at my work. whenever we do have a buffet, people choose to wait in the long line...even over the shorter line at the opposite end of hte table! it's so weird.

Tanya Kristine said...

i'll stand in line if i've got beer. i'll stand in SHIT if i've got beer...

buffalodickdy said...

Lynda- Your help will always be welcome, but these things are all about quanity not quality!
Snow- You're still trippin' about your getaway to St.Louie, aren't you?
Jen- I will not wait in a line, and will walk out of a restaurant that can't seat me with or without a reservation promptly. I'm not all that important-but neither are they!
Pink- If people would just open their eyes instead of doing what they're told.....
Tanya- You really are a riot!