I love reading this sh!t, and I am so glad I will never have to handle it as well as you guys do. Cheers.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States...nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” -- Isaac Asimov
banquet kitchen was bombed tonight. i feel even worse for the stewarding crew cleaning it up, they'll likely be there til 5am. must have been over 30 queen marry's full of dirty dishes. fed them and said good night, got my ass outta there! lol.
Glad that I'm not working in a hotel like I was last year. Current place is always packed so it actually slows down a little come holiday season because it's too cold to sit outside (where there is a stupid amount of seating - for the restaurant/kitchen size). Loving it...
Edit: Make that two years... damn time flies
**** no chop, I'm pulling up those sheets, like why the helll is the 5 parties today having 5 different soups, and why am I finding out about it 2 hours before said parties, goddamnit what's wrong with butternut squash it's winter, eat it you drunk ********. I know exactly what you mean, your prepping for parties tomorrow and the next day while putting parties out on top of regular dining room tables during service. Ohya, plus the 12top in the cellar with the 10 course tasting, hey son, I hear ya. The thing that kills me in December though, is doing the dishes and cleaning it up every night, and then coming in the next day to see your servers stayed late and ate most of your cheese and toasts and destroyed the kitchen with the owner after you left. I keep telling my cold side people to hide their ****, but they never learn.
As to the title of the thread "Getting crushed by the holidays"
NOT THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!
I for the first time in over a decade, am actually enjoying this. I got to get the tree and decorate it with the kids. I even listened to Christmas music on purpose.
I feel kinda bad for all the sorry suckers when I go through the banquet kitchen, but not really. I had it a LOT worse than they do.
Good luck ladies. I hope you make it through to the other side.
You like to think it's gonna be better in January, but it really isn't. You won't get enough hours then, or (if you're salaried) have to send all your hourly buds home and work it all yourself.
"With great knives comes great responsibility."
Ive been working every day (hourly) since Thanksgiving and this will continue until New Years. Sous Chef got put off on a mandatory one week vacation for drinking on the job again, both the line cooks are under one month old here and just getting adjusted, three stoner 18 year old dishers/ gm guys who like to do things half way, and dont always pick up their phones when called in, kitchen dinners where everyone has to be polite and quiet and shizz so we cant sing or flip each other crap, servers eating all the candied nuts, caramels, and cookies, chef/ owner has been sick puking his brains out last 4 days now, farmer who we get our stuff in from has missed every delivery past two weeks at least by 8 hours, sous chef returns and is a total dick, Im going under every night but coming up everyday somehow. Its awesome.
Amat Victoria Curam Fortune favors the prepared.
"A human being is primarily a bag for putting food into." -George Orwell