One thing I’ve noticed through my work is that most, if not all, events I cater are celebrations. Whether it is a wedding or a graduation, the first day of a training program or the last, a championship ring ceremony or a holiday party. The reason people gather together to eat, converse, and laugh is to celebrate. Even the daily lunch visitor to the dining room on a break between classes or meetings is celebrating (and it is just that brief respite from work that he celebrates).
Tomorrow marks a new type of celebration that I will cater, and that is a celebration of life. A very well-respected woman passed away earlier this week, and her former employer and co-workers have planned a post-funeral repast. I’m certain this will not be as joyous of an occassion as other celebrations, but have to remind myself that it is a celebration nonetheless. It makes me smile that so many (200+ expected guests) cared about this woman enough to plan an impromptu event during the middle of the week. I don’t think many people in the world have that effect; she was obviously special.
It will be interesting to see the dynamic in the meeting room tomorrow when all the guests gather. I hope that there will be more smiles than tears. But, we shall see. It’s hard to judge a group until they actually come together, and to be honest, I’m nervous about the emotions that will be at bay tomorrow.
But, I’m off to bed for now. It’s a new day tomorrow with many new experiences to be had.
Wine of the Week: [yellow tail] Shiraz/Grenache blend from Austrailia. I can find nothing wrong with this wine. Not as heavy as a strong Cabernet, but definitely heavier than a Merlot, with lots of berry flavor. If you have a glass of this, you’ll have a g’day mate!