One of the best part of our job is when we get a client that is willing to think outside of the box and take on the challenge of creating a buffet without using a table or tablecloth. I know, it sounds outrageous. We were presented with the opportunity by the Spokane Preservation Advocates this past weekend and jumped at the challenge. The Spokane Preservation Advocates fight to preserve the historic buildings in the greater Spokane area. Each year they host a huge themed gala to raise funds to support their cause. This year the theme was “Denim and Diamonds”. So, we created two menus, one to represent the Diamond side of the theme and one to represent the Denim side. The Diamond buffet was set in an upscale jewelry store and utilized two jewelry cases as the buffet tables kindly lent to us by The Jewelry Design Center. The Denim buffet was set at a car wrecking yard and utilized a car hood as the buffet and offered our patrons plates held in a Craftsman toolbox, salad served from a galvanized tub with a host of car parts and hub caps completing the decor. The event was a huge success and we are all very proud to have been part of it.
I don’t know about you but we have to do a complete turnover when the warmer weather arrives. Our flowers, for one, become much more difficult to deal with. In the colder months we set them out in the garage and they last forever. When it warms up we bring them inside or, if the vase is short enough, we put them in refrigerators. The problem with that is suddenly, refrigerator space is at a premium. Even with the big commercial units, space goes fast. In our next location we are going to have a huge walk in fridge and that will help a lot. The warm weather affects our drivers as well seeing as they can’t put anything into the car until they are ready to go. Salad sitting in a warm car is never a good idea. Consequently, when it’s time to load up and leave we are suddenly a very busy little shop as everyone is loading at once. It can get comical. But, I do love sitting out on the deck at the end of the day and for that, the extra work is well worth while.
Keeping you full,
We’ve had a lot of fun this week with the Easter eggs. Our staff was thrilled to learn that we booked three breakfast meetings this week and that we wanted to give them decorated hard boiled Easter eggs. So we had three people sitting at our counters decorating eggs with the PAAS decoration kits. Talk about flashback. They have even taken to hiding eggs around the kitchen for an egg hunt. (I insisted that someone keep a map of each egg. We certainly do not want to find one come June.)
We love when we have a solid theme to build a menu around. This week we are able to use the Easter colors and traditions to help make our buffet’s look pretty. We are using plastic, candy filled eggs, Easter basket shaped cupcakes and green and pink Easter grass to spruce up the look. It’s a lot of fun to brighten up every office we visit.
It’s not too often in the catering business that we get to say something like this, “Thanks to Whitey’s Wrecking Yard on Francis for your help today.” You see, we have a big event coming up at the end of April for the Spokane Preservation Association. As part of our creative design, and you will have to wait to see the full design in action, we needed a car hood. Yes, a car hood. I sent Tom out looking and he came back with the perfect hood for us, smashed in just the right places. He then told me that the folks at Whitey’s gave it to us. I guess it was too banged up to sell and so they just gave it to us. Now, that is a neighborly thing to do and we appreciate it. For everyone else, aren’t you curious as to what we are going to do with a car hood? Better buy a ticket to The Spokane Preservation Association gala on April 28 and find out.
Keeping you full,
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