I cannot even begin to tell you how crazy busy we were today! Now I am not saying that this is a bad thing, I love it! Busy days not only go by so fast, but they keep you in the game and on your toes. I am just amazed that we did everything we needed to in the amount of time we had!
So it all starts in the kitchen at 9 am. I arrive and everyone is hard at work. I get right in a do the same, finishing my orders which were a 45 boxed lunch, an 8 boxed lunch, and a 7 boxed lunch. Once I get everything ready to go I jump in Lisa’s car and take off on my first delivery.
Everything is going fine, I make it to the first place, get back in the car and head to my second delivery. But the car starts doing very funny things all of a sudden. The radio just shuts off and stops working. The Check Gages light is blinking at me. Then the brake light comes on! Immediately after the air bag light, then the car starts to make this very strange noise. When the gas gauge starts to increase, I know something bad is about to happen. I start thinking it is going to die right there at 15th and Market! I keep going, but when I get to a stop light it starts to make even more noise and then starts to shake! This is not good. As I pull into my next destination the car is bucking into the space, but I made it!
I don’t even worry about what the car is doing anymore and I get the 45 boxed lunches up to the office I am delivering to, and take care of business. When I get back, the car won’t start. Now I still have 1 delivery to get done, luckily it is 30 minutes away. So I call Lisa, she says she will pick me up. So I wait outside in the 95 degree weather. When she gets there she says, “okay we are never going to make it if we do them all together. So here (she hands me an invoice as she pulls a cart and 2 boxes of boxed lunches out) you are going on foot.” She takes my other order, and she is off to finish everything else herself, except for the one she handed me.
So I start my way down Wynkoop towards Wazee, luckily it was only 4 blocks away! But man it is so hot today. Once I am done I start walking back to the garage the car is in, but Lisa had taken the keys with her. So I wonder around Denver for about 30 minutes, waiting to be picked up.
The tow truck got there first, then Lisa. We get everything taken care of with the car, and we get back into the catering van to head back to the kitchen. Lisa had managed to get all of her orders delivered, and they were all early! Here is yet another example of how everything can go wrong, but we still manage to please our clients! Lisa even said, “I love how my client’s are more important than my car!” But it is so true 🙂
When we got back to the office we make lunch for ourselves. I have a can of soup and say, “can you believe how much work we do to get everyone else their amazing lunch and we eat this crap!”
Just another day in the life of a caterer!
Nina Holmes- Y. Lo Epicure