As I mentioned last week, this Saturday was my first Saturday off in nine weeks. Insane! But of course, even on my day of rest, I could not tear myself away from the restaurant. In fact, Honey Bunny and I invited twelve of our nearest and dearest to join us for a celebratory dinner. It was a lot of fun and a huge relief to be on the “other side” so to speak, but it also felt strange not being in the kitchen.
We had planned a three-course prix fixe menu in advance and decided to supplement it with a few orders of truffle frites to share as a starter. What we hadn’t expected was a surprise course from the guys — four orders of truffle capellini to share. As usual, they shaved the truffles table-side, and it was absolutely decadent. You could hear an audible gasp ripple across the table, followed by the sounds of camera shutters and then hushed silence as we all devoted our complete focus to devouring our treat. So. Awesome.
It was awesome seeing friends whom I hadn’t seen in weeks, months, and even years. It was a mish-mash of friend circles, and I was so excited to see them all. I had been anticipating this evening for over a month, so I was glowing with happiness (or maybe it was the dark & stormy). I was also excited to show off the amazing food — even though I only prep and plate for the pantry station one day a week, I’m so proud of the whole menu. Seeing the food making others happy made me feel great!
At the end of the night, I headed back to the pass to say hi to Chef and the guys. It was the first time a lot of them had seen me when I wasn’t wearing my apron and cook’s shirt, so I got a double-take and a “Woah!” in response. ;) They wished me a happy birthday and hoped my friends enjoyed the meal (they did, of course!). They sent me off on my way with the promise that I return to the kitchen next week. I’m already looking forward to it!
One Saturday a week is a small price to pay for this incredible opportunity. I’ve already learned so much about cooking in large quantities and developing a creative eye for plating. I’m also grateful for the people I’ve met who have been so graciously teaching me along the way. Excited to see where this adventure takes me next!