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Episode 1, Part 3 - A Day in My Shoes

Monday, February 18th 2013 @ 12:00 AM

A Day in My Shoes – Day One – Serving with Sylvia – January 19, 2013 - EPISODE 1, PART 3


Welcome to A Day in My Shoes – a blog and sometimes vlog as The Tea House Times publisher, Gail Gastelu, puts herself in another person’s shoes for the day – going behind the scenes in the tea industry!  If you are just joining us, go to the Archived entries in the left column to catch up - beginning with January 2013.

 

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EPISODE 1, PART 3

 

Serving with Sylvia at High SocieTea House, Wayne, NJ

At one point, I saw Bernadette come through the dining room and I asked – can I have a glass of water?! – I was not sure of the procedure. Must I go in the back and have my water in private? Was it ok to have a glass of water in front of the guests?  I went in the back!  (Luckily, I was not being counted upon to be the actual staff for this event….someone on REAL duty was still serving people while I took my pitiful break for a glass of water.)

 

Speaking of water. Have you ever asked for water at a restaurant and it never came around after asking several times?  Ugh, this was my first mishap. Someone asked for water and I forgot about it….not completely…but for enough minutes that the guest must have become agitated, although they never complained. To make matters worse, I had just learned WHO was seated at which table – as in - guests of honor – the bride and friends at one table – the mother of the bride and others elsewhere.  Guess whose water I did not bring right away?!  The bride’s table…..Blah…..I felt bad.  There are so many distractions, other guests asking for something as you walk by – honey please – more tea please – can I have water too – Help!!  She finally got her water, but I will never again complain if my water comes late, anywhere, ever!  By the way, always make note of the guest of honor and be sure their table is served first and most attentively. (Yes, the other girls had that well covered!)  On another note, when someone asked me for honey, I was like “duh, I don’t know…. I am new ….but I will find you some honey…”  (No, these people did not know why I was there!)

 

Thankfully there were only very minor mishaps on my behalf. What else happened?  For one person -seated Next to the mother of the bride- I over filled the teacup and it spilled into the saucer, necessitating a clean-up on my behalf – I did not want the customer to drip on their clothing! – at least I took care of it.  And after pouring a zillion cups of tea, I guess it was not so bad to overfill just one! 

 

The same person who asked me for honey also challenged me with asking me where the ladies room was (duh….I am not sure.) and then telling me one of the teas she had been served was cold…..duhhhh….again….OK, I will be sure each of the pots of tea out on the serving station are still HOT!  …..another note to self – if the pot feels mostly empty, it is probably already cold!!!

 

Once the guests began opening gifts, it gave us a little break…..well, if you can call it a break….every minute of down time is filled with another duty or task.  We went in the back and rolled napkins for the next party.  We weighed and packaged teas for the gift shop.  And finally, the cook asked me if I was hungry!  What!? I am dying here!  So they all started chatting about what they were going to eat.  Eat? You eat? Bernadette feeds you? Of course I am thinking I will score some afternoon tea food, some of that quiche or incredible smelling soup they were serving – no! They ordered out.  We had pizza, salad, and subs as soon as we could sneak a quick break in the back. 

 

Next week I wrap up the end of the private party and then we move on to another exciting adventure!  stay tuned…

 

EVENTS TO WHICH PUBLIC MAY ATTEND TO CHEER GAIL ON (or scrape her off the floor!) ARE LISTED BELOW.

DATES for High SocieTea, Wayne, NJ when Gail can serve you!
Thurs. Feb 21, 4-6 (leaving AT 6!)
Sun. Feb. 24, 11-2 (leaving AT 2!)
Call High SocieTea-reservations required: 973-696-8327
Location: 20 Old Newark Pompton Turnpike, Wayne, NJ 07470 (highsocieteanj.com)

 

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