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It's always so hard for me to get inspired to write after a great weekend. Maybe it's because I want to remain in my dreamy state of fun times a little while longer-but whatever it is, it's hard for me to come up with anything worth reading...(I had a great weekend.)
I recently commissioned someone to redesign my catering website. I bought a .com for it and hope to start marketing myself a little bit so that I can cater dinner parties and weekend luncheons or things like that. I don't see myself being able to afford to ever work in the industry full time-I wish I could, but I just can't. I'm toying with the idea of working towards opening up a small cafe or something-much like the one I worked for when I first moved here-only better. I don't know the first thing about running a business though, and I'm not entirely sure I would ever have enough credit to be able to do such a thing. In any case, it's in my head and is always a possibility.
Part of starting the ball rolling on the catering part of this idea is creating menus. I just don't seem to have the will power to start this long, tedious project. I know that you might be wondering why it's a long process-perhaps you think I should just be able to pick a few things and slap 'em on a menu for a party. And I can. If the customer doesn't want to know how much it will cost. Costing out recipes is boring and is a lot harder than you would think. I have a special spreadsheet that helps me do it, but I still have to find the current market cost of each ingredient and then figure out how much of it I will be using then how much it will cost based on the current market price. Being someone who is not really good at math, I always worry that I'm doing it wrong which causes me to double and triple check things. It's just a LOT of work.
Then there's the worry that the menus aren't diverse enough, or that people will want something completely different than what I offer. There are so many people out there who cater these days, that one small little thing could send a potential client away. So many people are self proclaimed foodies too-and they think they know everything. (Which always leads me to wonder why they are hiring a caterer.) So, it's a long process and one that I don't enjoy.
Why don't you share some of your ideas with me. As (pretend) potential clients, what would you like to see on a dinner party menu? Try to give me an idea of an appetizer, main course and dessert. It'll help me figure out what people want so I can have a few diverse menus to start with.
So...will you help me out?