Simplygourmetbistroandcatering’s Blog

The Personal side of Simply Gourmet
January 16, 2009, 11:10 pm
Filed under: Why I am where I am

Wedding Table SettingSeeing as I am struggling with the whole wordpress pages thing. (Can you treat all the pages as separate entities like with different entries and stuff, if so I have no idea how to do that.) I will just begin telling my story.

I guess if you asked me what I really wanted out of life I would describe to you exactly the setup I have now(professionally anyways) I want to be Luke from The Gilmore Girls, always have and if there was such a place as Stars Hollow, that is where I would live. There is nothing more important to me when building culinary relationships with people than building personal ones as well. I am never happier than when someone tries my food and makes sure to give me a handshake and ask me my name before they leave. I have catered many a wedding in my time (think 1000’s, not hundreds) and I have become lifelong friends with alot of my brides, another very satisfying feeling. So what is wrong you ask? Well if I had to sum it up in one sentence, “I am on the wrong coast!!!!” I have spent some time in California and I tell you places like I have are a dime a dozen, fresh food, personable service, attention given to every customer are the norm. Unfortunately for me (from what I have seen so far anyways) the East Coast, especially the northeastern part is not all that friendly.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have lived here all my life and I can understand why there is such a difference. Weather, economy, politics, they all play into it, but dammit people “Can’t we all just get along?” I have lived through the blizzards, and the wait a minute weather, the dukakis’s, the big dig, the fickle nature of the sports fans, the planes leaving from Logan and everything in between, but I truly believe that it is not too late to come together a little. Naturally I felt cuisine was a great way to bridge the gap, I mean who doesn’t love Nutella or a great cheeseburger. When I cater a wedding you can tell if the people like each other or not and then once they sit down and eat , it is like they are forced into discussion and interaction with food as the centerpiece. I want to provide an atmosphere and cuisine that is conducive to interaction and family and the desire to be better human beings. It isn’t too much to ask is it?


Coming Soon….. How I went from dropping a 1200 pound safe on my leg to being a full service Banquet Chef and beyond!!!!!


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I agree with you-the cold weather makes people assholes.

Comment by Tommy

Being your place is not a dime a dozen, that gives you a huge advantage. The thousands of dime a dozen places in CA no doubt struggle left and right to set themselves apart.

From my memories of working in RI, had we found a place such as how you and Chris describe yours, we would have been back there a multitude of times. Sounds way cool!

Comment by Ron Amundson

Thanks for sharing your story. I lived in Southern California for 24 years, so I know what you mean about lots of great restaurants and friendly people. Customer service is a huge part of creating a successful business. I’m glad you’re setting a good example at Simply Gourmet Bistro!

Comment by Lana

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