“We might get 300 to 400 people” said Karen Hester, organizer of Oakland’s new food and community event, Bites on Broadway.(Famous last words is the phrase that comes to mind) I’m pretty new to the whole mobile food biz and half the battle seems to be figuring out how to bring enough food to satisfy but not enough as to have waste. This weekend Sassy Pies got a taste of both and learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way. Since BOB was brand new, had issues with its location, and was nearly cancelled before even beginning, no-one knew really what to expect. Certainly not lines 30 deep, and over 600 people. Am I complaining? HELL NO! I just kept running back to our kitchen and bringing more. Everytime I arrived with the next load of pies, Bri sent me back for more. What a thrill. I know that there were frustrated attendees who missed out on some great grub but I have no doubt that my fellow mobile food fellows will be joining me by preparing a hell of a lot more food for this Friday.
Yes, I was the one stuck talking to “Mr. Grumpy Pants” who actually said to me “Of course you knew that this many people would come.” Well, Mr. Pants, can I please hire you and your psychic abilities so that I never make too much or too little food again? It must be nice to be that omniscient and to automatically know what hundreds of us agonize over everyday as we prepare our yummies to take to the street. I pointed out that this was the first event of its kind and to me, I saw a lot of happy folks enjoying a beautiful evening with their neighbors. “Bah Humbug” was pretty much his response. Oh well…
Case in point: The next day I was preparing for the Chocolate and Chalk festival. I mentally went back to third grade math to work out the equation. If BOB had 600 people, 4 food trucks and I sold x pies, and the Chocolate fair predicted 5,000 people, and 2 food trucks, than I should prepare x number of pies right? Wrong, Wrong, Wrong. I sold less the next day than at BOB. Why? Who knows, and that is the part of the equation that cannot be predicted and why food truckers struggle constantly with this balancing act. Too little food and we disappoint, too much food and our food waste costs put us out of business faster than you can eat a Sassy Pie.
So again, I’m sorry that people went away hungry, and I’m sorry Mr. Pants , well, that I thought I could turn your frown upsidedown. I am super excited for this Friday and here is what we will have on the menu:
- Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon and Sage Cream
- Aloo Matar (potato pea curry, tastes like a samosa)
- Caramel Candy Apple
Shave Ice (Fluffy Sno-Cones with homemade syrups)
- Balsamic Blueberry Vanilla
- Strawberry Rhurbab
- Apricot Ginger
- Pina Colada
- Cinnamon Chocolate Raspberry
See you there!
We are all so excited! As tumble & tea cafe we won “Neighborhood Dynamo” for all the improvements we made to the Temescal neighborhood. (Yes we were there before it was cool and hip to be in the new gourmet ghetto 🙂 Now we get to present our pies as one of the caterers for this year’s award ceremony. We’ve made 900 pies so far and we chose chicken mole, pot pie with bacon and sage cream, aloo matar, yam and feta with balsamic glazed onions and our salted caramel apple pie. Nicole made the caramel last night and filled the whole kitchen with an intoxicating scent of butter and sugar. What could possibly be better?
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Today we got our new cart in the mail and attached it to my bike and made sure the cooler fits. This weekend we are building the enclosure and designing the signage. We are trying to design a build in table for bike-side dining.
We just got approval for our health permit that allows us to sell our pies hot off the bike! The problem is that we can’t serve any open food which includes samples. What to do, what to do… Well we’ve decided to create bite sized samples that we can heat, wrap and serve for just a buck.
If you like it enough to buy whole hand held pie (of course you will) we’ll give you a .50 rebate on your order. You taste, you like, you win. Come see us front of SadieDey’s Cafe all week at 4210 Telegraph Avenue. Thursday will be our first food bike road trip. Details to come…