in the restaurant world, there are few things to dream of. the work is hard, it is stressful and physically demanding. most of us do not get many benefits and quite often the pay scale isn't very rewarding either-especially if you are a woman. even so, we get up at odd hours and work our asses off even when we are sick or have cut/burned/bashed ourselves to a point that would make others cry and give up. in the back of our minds, we dream of the day that...i know, it's no different than any other career path but in our profession, at least the food is good.
so where am i going with this? after 30 years of busting my ass, after countless burns and bruises and cuts, after writing 2 books, and on and on i could go, i finally found myself facing what could be considered a dream come true. a bonafide career defining moment. an honor so great that it is one that i simply cannot put into words so that it sounds like anything less than bragging. so instead, i bring you pictures.
it all starts with a simple sweet potato
and potato chips
onions tossed in seasoned flour by hand
crispy fried onions
the start of a casserole
tomme cheese made with milk from a cow named eileen
(honestly, i'm not making that up, her name really is eileen)
carrots mashed by hand
our own smoked pork loin
chicken breaded and fried
freshly fried chicken made from our secret recipe
squash ready for the casserole
profiteroles awaiting their filling
and all tongue and cheek aside, none of the attitude or arrogance, i am honored to have this chance and even with all of the preparation we have done, a little nervous too. the james beard foundation put a nice bit up about us on their website, and we have even more up on cafe website. our local paper covered the rehearsal dinner and here is what they had to say about it. wish us luck, and stay tuned for more photos.