If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always had.

Saturday, March 04, 2006


Remember the huge catering gig I mentioned a week or so ago? It's a thing of the past. It was actually much less painful than I'd thought it would be. The World's Greatest Boss (hereafter refered to as WGB) planned well and we only had three minor glitches.

Yesterday four of us made 35 banana cream pies in about two hours. We developed a good system early in the process, so it went really quickly. Toward the end of the second hour we had the first minor glitch: I dropped a pie. It was not as bad as I'd thought; it had a lid, and we were able to jiggle it back into place, so we really only lost one piece.

The second minor glitch occurred in transporting the pies from the shop to the church (which is where the gig was). We discovered that banana cream pies can't be stacked four high without damage to the bottom pie. That took care of a couple more pieces, but again, nothing we couldn't work around.

We arrived this afternoon in more than enough time to unload the appetizers and put them out. I was safely ensconsed in the downstairs kitchen, pulling pies out of the fridge, before the 210 guests attacked the table. I was very happy that WGB's husband volunteered to help with appetizers!

The third minor glitch was that, although both WGB and I remember saying we needed to pack a skinny scraper, it didn't get packed. That meant we had to pack Cool Whip into the decorator with a pie server. It wasn't quite as efficient, but it worked.

Serving actually went quite smoothly. Again, we developed a good system. WGB plated the slices, I garnished with Cool Whip and strawberry slices, and my good friend Curly Sue covered the in-between things, like dressing plates, slicing berries, and refilling my decorator. Sue and I have worked other gigs together and have been known to hang out and terrorize people on occassion, so it was great fun. It helped that I had comfortable shoes on!

The very best part of the event was that my kids were serving meals to the paying guests. This was our big youth mission trip fund raiser, so all the youth work. After we finished, I stood in a shadow and watched them work for a while. It's just such a novel thing to see! When I left, Vicky was serving dinners, and Alex was refilling tea glasses. I bet they sleep well tonight!


Blogger Jean said...

It has to be fun, and encouraging, to watch your kids do good things when they don't know you're watching.

Sounds like you had a great gig.

9:08 AM  
Blogger EJ said...

It really is. It was also great (this will sound awful) to leave them working and go home! Eric was going in later to put away tables, so I didn't have to hang around to bring them home.

I was more proud when Alex came home with some job offers for lawn work this summer. I'll have to drive him to and fro, but it's high time he had a summer job. I hope he follows up on them.

One thing I'm REALLY trying to work on is to brag on my kids when they're eavesdropping. I think I spend so much time lecturing that they need to know I'm proud of them, but it's different if I'm talking to someone else about them.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

Kids in general get such a bad rap, I'm always happy to hear about genuinely good kids. I know there's a lot out there.

It's great to tell how wonderful they are when they will overhear. I'm sure you tell them every so often how proud you are of them right to their face. It's always good to surprise the heck out of them. ;)

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Danny Ing said...

Food Service. Not just a job,but an adventure.

From veteran of the Ing Family run Chinese Pearl City Restaurant on Cape Cod, Commonwealth of Taxachusetts during the 1980s.

9:02 PM  

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