thanks shroomgirl..i'll probably take you up on that offer once we get closer..unfortunately the bride's mother(my friend) is back east with her sister who is in palliative care(brain cancer), so naturally the family will be dealing with that first.
chef ed...think i am just going to freeze it as is for now and deal with making something with it later. that way if for some reason it doesn't work out, i won't have wasted my time. our opening is this friday, and my prep list is already two miles long and getter longer...how come it never seems to get shorter? as soon as something gets crossed off the list, something else is added!!!....i make a similar goat cheese patty...panko them and bake them,not fry, to top salads...good idea though to make and freeze, thanks.....
gotta love new yorkers!!!....speaking of stories...its not quite as big as yours but a full dining room is a full dining room....a few years ago on a very stormy night we had a full house and the grill was completely covered with steaks, lamb and fish. all of a sudden KA BOOM! we took a direct hit from lightening...no lights,bathrooms, fans, dishwasher, water pump...nothing. the cell was so intense that you could feel it rumble as it went underneath the building. the restaurant is essentially an island of its own...there is nothing else but the building on a small spit of land in the water. so now, i got a room full of customers, a grill full of food with no more than flashlights to finish cooking and serving by(plus lots of candles). problem was that when the electric went off, so did the hood system...kitchen started to get smoky from all the steaks on the grill and then drift into the dining room. customers couldn't/wouldn't leave...there was nowhere to go and it was a deluge outside. i finished cooking off the food on the grill and got it to th eright customers, but refused to grill anything else due to the smoke/fire hazard. fed everyone else saute items, which was a bit of a pain with one hand holding a flashlight, but somehow all got fed...when the lights finally came back on, the customers booed! they were enjoying the light show!...go figure!!