So here we are all set to cater, but how do you get customers? I had a slick PowerPoint presentation that I put together (my time in corporate wasn’t wasted) and I had what I thought was a good selection of food and fair pricing on my menu.
We did get one job, it was a friend of ours and though it was small it went well. From there it just sort of snowballed. People from each party we did would hire us for their parties. It was pretty easy actually, basically people were coming to us for jobs.
Our first year was an interesting one...
We had LOTS of discussions about starting up a BBQ business at the house. It was like it was haunting me and I was fighting with myself as to decide what to do. I had my doubts, clearly, but that is just how I am wired. Gina on the other hand thought let’s do this. Zach had graduated culinary school and I really didn’t like the corporate world or I should say I didn’t fit. Never was a big fan of back stabbing, politics and red tape besides I came from a plant environment so I was a little rough around the edges…one might say.
The prospect of a BBQ business might work I thought to myself but first I have to do my homework. Cooking for parties at the house were easy, when the food is done you serve it. But with catering all of the food needs to be done at the same time. Clearly cooking / timing adjustments will have to be made, whenever the food is done is not going to work. As for vending all you are doing it just serving food easy...or so I thought.
I started to cook as much as I could and I was cooking pretty much everything. I cooked at every party and every holiday. I came up with an awesome chili recipe and even entered professional chili competitions. The best I got was 5th out of 80 people and was able to beat 4 former world record holders. We really had a blast doing those. I was a cooking feign back then watching every cooking show I could, reading every magazine and book I could. I was dry aging my Prime Rib for the holidays and yes I made my Aunts homemade pasta on Christmas.
One of the most popular questions I get is how did you get here so I thought I would share the journey. As I am not a fan of long drawn out posts I will do this in a series of parts. How many I have no clue, until it has been told I suppose.
As crazy as it might sound I never really liked cooking growing up, in fact way back when Gina did all of the cooking. Boil the chicken and boil the ribs throw them on the grill and sauce them up and things were good. I think things start...ed to change when I wanted to make homemade pasta that I so loved growing up on Gabriel Dr and it ended up being more like a 10 foot piece of rope.