On Saturday, the shop had A LOT of events to prepare for. When I walked in that morning, Dawn and Carlos were well into the preparation of 25 box lunches to be delivered later that day. When that was done, Carlos hung around a bit to rest himself. To pass some time early in the morning, I showed him a photo of those bread slippers I had found so cute. Carlos slipped behind the cheese counter, and within 10 seconds I could see bits of bread flying through the air. Voilà his masterpiece:
Honestly, I’ve seen these things sell for large amounts of money, and I don’t know why. They’re made of bread. You can’t wear them. Plus, they’re too small to put on unless you’re an infant or have had your feet bound. These little slippers did elicit a positive response from customers. Maybe it creates a little bit of waste, but gosh darnit, they’re cute.
After that joyful, creative romp, I was charged with training a beginning cheesemonger for the afternoon. What an afternoon, too. We had a wine tasting event from 3pm until 5pm, and then a huge silent auction event at 5:30pm. A LOT of people came through, looking for both a place to sit and eat a cheese plate, and
a few chunks of cheese to take home. I’ve said it before, it is really a challenge to handle everything when youv’e got a queue waiting to buy cheese, and then a couple of tables waiting to be served at the same time. This was doubly difficult because of the two events lined up back to back. We didn’t even have a moment to really go over how to wrap things up, and use the register. The trainee looked bewildered as we moved into serving mode early. Carlos assigned her the task of slicing bread. When she left for the afternoon, I could tell she had been overloaded. “So many scenarios came up today that I hadn’t even thought about. I’m going to have to study.” Well, I guess we’ll see what the future holds. That WAS a very busy day, but it wasn’t unusual for a Saturday. I’m telling you, being a cheesemonger might sound glamorous, but it is tiring work!