Posts Tagged ‘fried chicken’

Tasting the product

September 1st, 2009

I have worked in places where the chef  will raise his eyebrows at you if he catches you munching on a dinner roll.  Lord forbid he catches you eating black berries in the walk-in cooler.

I was laughing to myself  earlier today about eating at the Country Cat.   Not only does Adam feed us a meal before service (it is usually an amazingly healthy salad which helps offset the evening meal) and again feeds us after (we eat a lot of fried chicken!), but he also encourages us to eat during service and as we are setting the restaurant up.  Taste the raw product first is how Adam encourages us to understand the culinary concept behind the Country Cat.

It’s not that rare that a restaurant owner will feed the staff, but it is very rare for the owner to consistently get excited and want to share that excitement with the employees.

Slight Recant

September 10th, 2008

O.K. I have a little back stepping to perform.  In regard to caloric information on menus, I have to give the mom and pop shops a break.  The restaurant I work at changes our menu at least once a week, sometime, in seasonal transitions, 3-4 times a week.  It seems an inordinate amount of work to have to analyze every weekly change in the menu.

My chef says that people ought to know that a hefty caloric intake goes along with a cheeseburger; fried chicken is similarly full of calories.

Although I understand the financial and time implications of providing information about your menu to the public, I have to lodge a question.  Whose responsibility is it to provide information to the public?

Of course I advocate learning about the food one eats and making conscious food choices, but it seems to me that providing food (enjoyment as well as survival) to guests also entails educating them. If they want to know, then supply the information.

Perhaps the information does not need to be written on every menu, or even posted somewhere in the house, but having the information for those guests interested in learning about their food intake ought to be obligatory to a hospitality business.