The First Thanksgiving

My first Thanksgiving at the restaurant is, sadly, our last one. The day was insanely hectic, since we only do our all-you-can-eat buffet service once a year. After having come in early a few days over the past few weeks, my mise en place was done and ready to go when I arrived. The other stations were not so lucky. We all fought for oven space as all 20 turkeys filled the convection ovens, 15 rib roasts took the pizza ovens, and brussels sprouts and croutons borrowed space in the ovens on the Hot Line. We set up the buffet using work tables borrowed from the kitchen, and Chef drafted me and Pastry Girl to help serve food out front. After a slightly shaky start, we found out rhythm and served up food to over 300 people throughout the day. Even Honey Bunny was able to come out and grab seats at the bar with his BFF. We all celebrated with a round of beers at the end of the night, and we were super exhausted even though we worked fewer hours than usual. Luckily there was plenty of leftover food that we were able to take home. All in all, it was an interesting experience and I’m glad I got to try it once.

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