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weirdest gratuties.....

post #1 of 24
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a few months ago one of my regular clients just got back from Michigan and gave me a 10# box of incredible tart dried cherries.....that we are still working through and LOVE>

Last night I catered a hockey dinner for a new hall of famer (go figure, out of all the people)....anyway one of the hosts gave me a Al Maginus signed hockey puck. okey dokey....well, guess it'll go on the wall next to the Beard shtuff.

The question is what have you gotten as a gratuity that has seemed unusual?
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post #2 of 24
Shroom.. I have only ever gotten cash and a big hug.. but I will definitely take that Al MacInnis signed puck from you though :)
post #3 of 24
Yeah, now that is one cool gratuity. And folks, despite what you may think verbal complements do not pay the bills.
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post #4 of 24

weirdest gratuities

Hugs, Thank you notes, earrings and a necklace (2 different clients and jobs)
Have never gotten a cash tip in this market.
post #5 of 24
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Gotten a fish platter that I admired.....same sweet client who gave me the cherries.....

Catered a local chef's wedding in Sept, he gave me all the 1000's of plates, napkins, glasses, bar stuff he had bought......really really have come in handy.

2gallons of wild blackberries

A jar of fresh from NM chipotle
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I was given a whole bunch of lotto scratch cards and I won £30 on one of them! Also some exquisite hand blown (pale blue) Venetian wine glasses - they were gorgeous and did not last five minutes with my husband and teenage son around!:cry:
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post #7 of 24
Most unusual? Cans of Fancy Feast cat food..

And, while I don't consider it unusual, I've received fresh picked tomatoes, peaches, squash, a few pounds of walnuts, olive oil, fresh, home-roasted coffee, and a box of fir needles which were used to make tea.

I have given apples and pears from the trees in my back yard, Hass avocados from a "secret" tree that grew in Berkeley, figs from a similarly unknown tree that grew at the foot of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, olive oil, vinegar, and a recipe book that I created.

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post #8 of 24
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MacInnis...figured you guys from the North icey, snowy, hockeyland would recognize the puck writer.
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I had one of my employees come up to me and tell me that the grooms uncle just tried to give her a bag of weed for a tip. At first I was like:eek: then I was like:smoking: and then I was like:crazy:. Just joking, she did not except.
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post #10 of 24
I don't know if this counts as gratuity, but I was bussing a table that had some young people sitting at it and I found a pill bottle filled with weed. They never came back for it.
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post #11 of 24
Roy Halliday autographed baseball. Sigh! Couldn't care less!


Opening bid starts at $10 000 please...
post #12 of 24
The way people tip (or don't tip, which is more accurate) around here, and in Maine, from what pgr says, I consider a gratituity of cash strange.:lol:

Actually, I delivered a small 6 person apps party on Friday after Thanksgiving, and got a $30 tip and a good bottle of wine. They helped me bring in the food and wanted to open a bottle of the wine they gave me to make sure I liked it first. The delivery was only about 100 yards from my shop too! I wish that happened more often...
post #13 of 24
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Do you ever consider putting, "gratuity not included" or "industry standard gratuity is 15-20%" on your contracts, printed info?

Do they tip cabs, pizza delivery guys, hotel staff, hairdressers?
What happens during the holiday month?
What if you send a currier with the food, and ask if they'd like to include a gratuity onto their credit card, or invoice?

WHO is Ray Holliday? $10k?
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post #14 of 24

weirdest grratuity

Lentil reminded me... twice after weddings the hosts gave us the centerpeices to distribute among the staff and ourselves. They were beautiful potted, flowering plants so lasted a while and were appreciated (yeah not as much as cash would have been!). One of the times, they also gave us 2 cases of wone that were left - now that we appreciated!
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post #15 of 24
Shroom, I normally put "gratuity not included" , but don't suggest what the industry rate is. I think people find it hard to tip the owner, but I end up doing the deliveries most times.

Last year, we delivered a Thanksgiving meal for one of my pc clients. She tipped the delivery person $5 on a $100 bill. This year, I delivered it to her and added on $20 for delivery. She said that I told her $10. I said, "No kidding? My delivery rate is $20. I must have been in an exceptionally good mood that day." She agreed, and stuck with her $10. To top it off, the check was written for $5 less than it should have been for the food alone. I told her not to worry that I'd add it to her next order. I've already made note of it!

Cheapskate!
post #16 of 24
Last 2 wedding bbqs we did there was squat for the staff, I ended up giving them extra myself cos they worked damned hard and gave really fine service. They deserved more than the paultry wage i pay them. I think the "no gratuity has been included" could be a winner in future. We get lots of hugs full stop. We're best freinds on the night ie. " Oh my god Fiona That was fantastic"= no tip. We do get reccomendations though so it's not all bad, so long as they dont pass on the dont bother tipping thing.
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post #17 of 24
Pitcher for the Blue Jays.
post #18 of 24
I was left a big bag of morels once and another time a regular left a paper grocery bag full of basil. All went on the next days specials!
Shroom, I detest adding statements like you suggest about tipping. Tipping is not a requirement. It is a "Gratuity" for services well rendered. If you feel like they owe it to you they probably do not!
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Among other tips

$2900 on a $1500 event - she must have been drunk
Cassoulet in a jar, Foie Gras Terrine, Black Truffle Salt - All smuggled in from france by a client of mine last year.
20# of New Mexican Hatch Green Chilies from Santa Fe.

I cannot believe that the client actually packed a 20# bag of chilies in her luggage just to give to me. It was awesome.
post #20 of 24
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I detest adding statements like you suggest about tipping. Tipping is not a requirement. It is a "Gratuity" for services well rendered. If you feel like they owe it to you they probably do not!


Interesting. So, you would not bring up gratuities for a catering job at all?

Many caterers usually have a service fee for staff....ie, waitstaff pay, 18% service fee for insurence/workman's comp/etc....then they have suggested gratuity statements. And as to "if you fell like they owe it to you they probably do not!" that's an interesting statement. As owner of a catering business if I felt like I was underpaid I'd raise the rates...period....if it's not worth my time why would I be catering? Gratuities are sometimes overlooked by newbies, or forgotten by others....some do not know what "standard tipping is".......for my company it is not automatically added, it is a gratuity.

Welcome Morchella....love the pig.

Brooklyn...
$1400 tip....yep, I'm thinking inebriation has something to do with it.
Love the special treats. We are still totally enjoying the cherries.
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post #21 of 24
No Shroom, the tip was 2900. The woman actually gave me almost 3 grand on top of the price of the party. Maybe lots of booze.
post #22 of 24
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WHOOO HOOOO!!!!
so long ago and so far away....1979 Memphis to be exact I was waiting on tables and a 4 or 6 top left $100 bill as tip, probably as much or more than their food/bev bill. I acutally ran after them to make sure they knew what they left......they meant to leave it. There was probably drinking after work on my part.

Sometimes I share the wealth with unsuspecting recipiants.....last year I had VIP tickets to the Food and Wine Show. One of the young twenty something checkers at the grocery store I shopped at was chatting with me about the show. To his shocked amazement I gave him 2 free tickets. Really made me feel great too.
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post #23 of 24
That is very nice of you to spread the wealth. I used to be a cook in a NYtimes 2-star Austrian restaurant in NY. There was this one customer who would come in once a month or so, and drop a $1000 tip whether he had a salad or a 7 course tasting menu. The tip got distributed...even to the kitchen. That was really nice.
post #24 of 24
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Gotta love it.
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