Day Seven (WED):
6:50 am: wake up 40 minutes before alarm goes off. I have a sneaking suspicion we might be in the paper.
6:58 am: yes. the secret is out. on the front page of SF Gate and in the very first paragraph, there it all is. name of restaurant. our names. location.
7:02 am: on the phone with Michael, bleary eyed and excited and nervous and everything. the pressure is on. the roller coaster is cresting. no longer a secret, now I can speak candidly, with Everyone.
7:30 ish. get off phone, post SF Chronicle's Inside Scoop, take shower, do hair and eat a bowl of cereal. I am not hungry, in fact I feel a little queasy, but I eat anyway, because I know it will help the rest of my day.
8:20 am walk to BART. a heatwave is expected and BART is free. I buy three newspapers and go to work. I want to tell everyone on the train, but I leave them alone.
8:55 as I get up the stairs I hear a favorite Johnny Cash song. being belted out magnificently by two punk rock rockabilly fellows. I give them two dollars, listen a bit and take it as a very good omen for the day to come.
9 am. meet the gentlemen who deliver ice cream machine. it's a fine day indeed. there are some issues as to whether the capacity for the ic machine is what it says it is, but in the end it works out. I meet the restaurant's electrician and we sort out the equipment's needs in my room.
9:30 am interview.
10 am clean ic machine
10:30 am find out that our embroidered jackets have come in from Cayson. O The day Just Keeps Getting Better and Better!!!!!!
11 am interview. although he is terrifically late, so its more like 11:30 am
I am now very happy that i ate a bowl of cereal even though I wasn't hungry when I did so.
12-1 pm start calling back people I've interviewed and offer them the job if they still want it.
1-2 pm putz around doing odd jobs, answering the phone, organizing things, start peach sorbet prep.
2-2:15 pm partake in having my portrait taken for the website. We've hired Andrea Scher.
2:15-3 ish pm organize others who are having their picture taken.
3 ish to 3:30 eat some staff meal. mmmmmmmm savory recipe testing!
3:30 to 4 ish pm make phone calls looking for product, clean pastry station, make lists, then more lists.
4 ish to 5:20 pm poach 3 cases of peaches for peach sorbet.
5:35 walk across the street to meet friend in front of Ferry Building. although quite hungry for salty food, make one splurge and get a vanilla custard doughnut. have dinner with A., and get home near 9 pm.
(WED) day seven: 9 am - 5:30 pm
meals eaten: 3
highlights of day seven:
seeing my name in the paper, on-line and then for real
rockabilly punk rockers singing Johnny Cash
BART is free
Cayson Egyptian cotton chef jackets that fit and the logo looks great
seeing the Sens signs being put up on the building
getting lots and lots of comments on eggbeater
telling people they have a job with me and making them overjoyed
seeing a brand new ice cream machine in my station
hearing that my favorite 1/2 sheet oven is on the way
making a date with Michael to go to restaurant supply tomorrow morning (think kids and candy stores)
making a mock schedule for the pastry department based on everyone's skill level and time constraints
seeing the owner beaming
feeling, yes actually feeling the energy shift in the kitchen because of the newspaper
seeing a friend even though work is starting to eat my life
putting product in containers and making plans for churning sorbet
attitude on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best: 11
obviously today was an exceptional day. although we all still had to deal with the day-to-day frustrations of opening a restaurant it felt like a day on the clouds. it's been only seven days of working and it feels like much more.
thank you for coming along. your support and comments buoy me.