I am beginning to think that I made a huge mistake entering the country club foodservice. I have never met a more bitter, self-centered group of people in my life. I was brought in to change things up a bit, but I didn't want to move too fast on making menu changes until I got a feel for the members here. So I waited over a month before I made a menu change, everyday having to hear, "Well, how soon are you going to change the menu?!" Now that it is done, all I hear is how horrible all these changes are, and though I changed most of the menu, the food is still very down to earth. I have been told that "I suck", "My food sucks", "There was nothing wrong with the way things were, so why did I change it". My favorite, is that most every member has come to me and told me what I should put on the menu. OK, sure, we can have a 150 item menu. They also demand to have just about everything available to them, so when "Joe Smith" (name changed to protect the guilty) comes in, once a month and wants lobster tail, or so-&-so wants veal liver, or whats-his-name wants Walleye, I am forced to pull it out of the freezer, quick thaw it under hot running water, and blast it in the a 500 degree oven just because they don't want to wait for it. Of course, these people will not call ahead and let me know of their requests, and yet, they are unhappy because the food is dry or tough. Yet, if I gently remind them that all they need to do is call ahead, I am told that they always have these things available. Yet, the last chef was canned because his food was not up to par. I think I am beginning to see a cycle here.
Sorry for the rant. This went on longer than I figured it would. But I feel a little better now.