It sucked donkey balls but we survived. The weather has been terrible lately, killing business for a couple weeks, so we needed the volume. Now it's smooth sailing...until Easter. And Mother's Day...
Don't want to rub it in...okay I am lying, of course I do,... from
On vacation in Hawaii, staying in the Puna region of the Big Island, so for your listening pleasure a little local flavor...
some toes in the sand slack key kanikapila with the Kalapana Awa Band.
Nuff said :~)
Mine sucked but it went okay. Lots of happy customers, lots of food sold.
What was bad for yours?
My Sous called in sick in the morning, meaning I had to come in and do brunch short staffed. We basically got killed, super swamped all morning. It went out okay but only because I was running 125% capacity for three straight hours. Then I had to flip things over to get ready for the 'main event", the actual VD night service. Plus I had sat down with the owner a month ago and agreed that the VD menu would run just VD night but at the last minute he wanted to run it all weekend. Of course this is after I've got my last possible truck for the week and some of the stuff required ingredients you can't source here at all (eg MG stuff).. Again, it was transparent on the customer side, they have no idea how much work it takes to pump that stuff out.
It shouldn't be that much work but we're a medium/bigger-city-type place in a little one-horse town. There's no labor pool of skilled culinary workers to hire from. Everything has to be taught as you'd teach a child. No one knows how to blanch things, crack eggs, make any mother sauce, etc. No one I have been able to hire can cook steaks to temp or cook fish. No one understands how to cook pasta to al dente or why you have to do it. My Sous commutes from the same town I moved from.
The bright spot is a couple of younger guys. One is a senior in HS and the other is 19. They are at least high energy and motivated, and at least one of them is planning to go on to culinary school. So at least I don't feel like the water is just running off of the hard clay before it can soak in.
The upside is that since the place is about 105 sets I can do a lot of the cooking myself. Between my Sous and I we do the stuff that takes some skill (for the most part). Slowly I'm trying to teach some of this stuff to cooks with varying degrees of success.