friday--open house recuperation!
Friday, December 01, 2017
good morning! well the kitchen store open house is done--happened last Saturday. as always it was a huge undertaking and a great success for Phyllis, despite the chaos that reigned in the food tent. the customers didn't see it--and I spent the entire day madly racing around putting out fires, and so did a couple other people. had a long talk with Phyllis yesterday and she understands that what I was trying to do is NOT a job for one person. she has already talked to sherri about helping me next year. all the craziness took it's toll and I came down with a cold the day after the event. lots of zicam and other stuff ensued and at day 5 I can tell I am on the downward side of it. should feel a lot better in a day or two.
among other things we discussed was the fact that some of the more complicated dishes need to be eliminated--we need to stick with much simpler offerings that showcase her food products without being essentially recipe demonstrations. the two hugest hits in terms of both their appeal to the customers and follow on product sales were cheese quesadillas that rob made using bacon jam, sliced thinly and served with a sour cream chipotle adobo dip (sold out of bacon jam and sold a lot of the spices too) and vanilla yogurt topped with sour cherry jam. that jam was SO delicious, and the simple pairing showed it off to it's best advantage. we sold out of that too. I think the abundance of more complicated food like nachos with chicken, Asian chicken salad, aioli topped tater tots and sorghum/pecan topped sweet potatoes only served to put people in the mindset of a buffet. they took the small (6 inch) paper plates that were meant for only a couple of the tastings around like buffet plates and loaded them down with food that they apparently took out to eat in their cars. you would not believe how much food a determined person can cram onto a 6 inch paper plate from the dollar store without collapsing it. at least this year nothing was served in a covered cup, so people didn't fill their purses up with treats (that happened last year) but it still wasn't exactly what was supposed to happen. at any rate, Phyllis was pleased with event overall, and all the people that helped out once again did a phenomenal job.
spent a day out with my dear friend this week, we went to a pottery place and a quilting place. I picked up a couple lovely new pottery pieces and she did too, and she collected a quilt she had dropped off to be machine quilted. the next day I met the bed and breakfast owner ladies for lunch and we all had a nice visit. I talked to barb about copying some little ramekins she uses to serve syrup in. she broke a couple and has been unable to find replacements.
other than that, not a lot going on. today is rest and relax time.
have a great day!