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Unread 11-10-2008, 04:36 AM   #31
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We are cook for a festival in two weeks. They are expecting 8000 people over the course of the weekend. We are serving pulled pork, chopped chicken, tri-tip, st. louis ribs and links. We will have 4oz. sandwiches and 6oz. dinners.

Anybody want to take a stab at how much of each meat we should buy?
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I'm bushed. The weather was great. The crowd sucked. Brethren came out to support us. The other food vendors quit and left. We worked what little crowd there was. Fed the MC and the ands so they would talk about us on the mic. The promoter wouldn't take a commission from us and apologized for the crowd being so small.

We broke even. Pics are here. MrsMista is already passed out. I'm going to bed.
Neil, I'm sorry to see that I had a good point, but glad to see that the promoter at least did the right thing.

From the pics it really did happen and it looks like a nice setup you have going.
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Looked great!
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Unread 11-10-2008, 10:47 AM   #33
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You can't pay enough for that learning experience. I always walk away from each job with something under my belt. It is better to walk away with something in the wallet too.

That is why I always say, "what is your time worth to you", that sets the baseline!

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"Hang with successful people and you will become successful, cook with good cooks to become a champion and cook for people with money and overcharge them while they rain appreciation and applause upon you."
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Unread 11-10-2008, 12:25 PM   #34
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Ummm..you?
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Sorry to hear this was a repeat of Watts...glad you got your money back at least.
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Yeah. It helped also that MrsMista's cousin made some bomb desserts for us to sell.

Fall Fruit Crumble
Bread Pudding with Whiskey sauce

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Pecan Pie Cheesecake!!! I wanted to eat the whole pan myself but I couldn't because it was so rich! Awesome!!
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Chalk it up to experience when you break even!
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That's all we can do. Learned some stuff. Sandwiches out sold meals. 2 meat combos with soda and dessert sold better that other meals.

So our best sellers were our cheapest item and our most expensive item.
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That Bread pudding with whisky sauce and the cheesecake were awesome. Didn't get a chance to try the fall fruit crumble. (it sounded to healthy to me).

Glad at least you broke even with those small crowds.
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Neil,
That event used to be held in a nice grassy park and was huge according to my SIL JoAnne. It got a new director and moved...and you saw what happened. One of the art vendors was from Sonoma, so at least you paid less for travel!

If you learned what worked and didn't without a zillion people yelling at you this time and broke even, you did really well. The next one will be full throttle and running out of food and you'll be prepared --- or at least happy that it's busy!

I wish I'd seen the bread pudding on the board...I love bread pudding. It was sitting on the ground and too low for me to see very well.... Any way to hang it up at a normal person's eye level?


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We're going to buy an easel tonight!!
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Seems like we are both bright, huh?
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That Bread pudding with whisky sauce and the cheesecake were awesome. Didn't get a chance to try the fall fruit crumble. (it sounded to healthy to me).

Glad at least you broke even with those small crowds.
Argh I bet Big Mista Bread Pudding is good. I miss bread pudding. I used to make it with day old Krispy Cream Donuts when they had a store in the Casino that my wife worked at. It was so good and I don't have the heart to make it cuz once you've had bread pudding made with KK donuts theres no going back.

No pictures of the pudding at all Neil?
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Argh I bet Big Mista Bread Pudding is good. I miss bread pudding. I used to make it with day old Krispy Cream Donuts when they had a store in the Casino that my wife worked at. It was so good and I don't have the heart to make it cuz once you've had bread pudding made with KK donuts theres no going back.

No pictures of the pudding at all Neil?
Krispy Kreme bread pudding man that is just so wrong but sounds quite tasty. I can see why you wouldnt want to go backwards after that...Neil I'd love to see pics myself and maybe a recipe if you cared to share. Whiskey and bread pudding are two of my favorite things, I'd love to be able to combine the two.
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