Snippets of Closure

I’m writing this collection of snippets this afternoon during the snow because The Wine Bar is closed tonight.  I truly appreciate the concern ownership has for the staff and not requiring us to be traveling on hazardous roads, especially after dark.

“Take care of your employees and they will take care of your customers, and the customers will come back.” ~ J. Willard Marriott

One of the things that gets me through the winter is spending time developing the Spring menu.

How does hand cut linguine with scallops and sea urchin broth sound?  Perhaps a healthy grating of bottarga as garnish.  I can call it roe roe your day boat.

I’ll wait until next Fall to introduce duck, duck, goose.

My list of experience has resulted in having taken over my share of existing restaurant kitchens.  It’s rarely easy, and sometimes downright hostile.  Those stories are for another time.  My current takeover has been pretty darn good.  My advantage however is 41/2 years in that kitchen.  It also helps that the current kitchen staff is very receptive to the change and looking forward to learning and becoming better at what they do.  I’t’s funny, the kitchens that I got the most resistance from had a staff with poor kitchen skills and a track record of low quality cooking.

Keep in mind that this blog is not required reading.  Sometimes I say things that need saying.

Antiques Roadshow is quite a wild ride.

Have you ever thought that what you’ve always believed is believed because you’ve always believed it?

Apparently Charles thought he was in charge to a greater extent than he actually was.

Professional golf is insignificant without Tiger Woods.  A few weeks ago he finished about 70th in a tournament and he was the lead story, the winner was an afterthought.

Our current menu has no bacon or pork belly.  People still seem to like it.

I apparently have a neighbor who likes to throw his dog’s poop bags in our recycling bin.  When I find out who it is I will have a surprise for him.

The best thing to sooth your face after shaving is something sold as hemorrhoidal wipes.  No, I’m not kidding.

Kylie Jenner had a baby.  Who cares?  She named it.  Who cares?

I really like a slow and easy Sunday morning complete with a pot of coffee, pancakes, and sausages.

I cannot tell you how many times over the years a server has put an order into the POS system and then come into the kitchen to see if it went through.   “Mr. Watson–come here–I want to see you.”  Yes, you can really communicate from one room to another.

When you make comments anonymously they are of diminished validity and merit.

I got into the express line at Hannaford the other day and the woman ahead of must have had 25 items.  She noticed the look I gave her and asked if I would like to go ahead.  I said “no, I’ll let you live with the guilt.”

It’s called a touch screen, not a finger-smack screen.

If for some ridiculous reason you need to write a check at the grocery store please don’t wait until the cashier gives you the total before you decide to dig through your purse looking for your checkbook and a pen.

Mrs. Hallisey, a frequent substitute teacher in third grade called me inappropriate on more than one occasion.



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