Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fish fry thoughts

The annual fish fry was another success. It was a beeeeeuatiful day. I think it was about 85 degrees F. The air conditioner was able to keep up pretty well though. And it was nice having the kiddles there.

We served 374 total meals. Last year was 456, but 'o6 was 365, '05 was 370, and '04 was 348. So just about average. Just guessing I would say almost 1/3 were takeout orders. While Jane and I were taking money we had several come in and get up to 10 meals at a time. I don't think we ever came close to running out of seats in the basement.

I would like to have a meeting in the next couple of weeks for people who might have ideas as to how we can improve future fish fries. Some in my head are:
  • We need to change some of the amounts on supplies. I am going to return about 10 big cans of green beans and another 10 of applesause. It's the same thing every year. There's no reason for this.
  • I don't know why we put the bread in individual baggies on the tables. Can't we just put a loaf of bread in the serving line and have people take it if they need it?
  • We need to change how the coffee is. We ran out of decaf, and I don't think a lot of people see where it's at. Maybe buy more caraf's to put on tables, or serve coffee from drink table.
  • We need to post exit signs, so people don't feel they need to meander back out the way they came in.
  • The takeout people need serving gloves. Everyone should be wearing them.
  • Do we really need coleslaw AND applesause?
  • Do we really need to peel all 180 pounds of potatoes, or can we leave skin on? Do we need that many potatoes? We had two big tubs left over.
  • Do we need to redo the helper sheets? Are there some jobs that don't require as many people; and some jobs that maybe aren't even on the sheet? Do we need more people or less?
  • Is there a way to get people assigned to jobs better (rather than me having to resort to guilting people into it on the Sunday morning prior)?
  • I think we should have all the people who are serving park in the field. We ran out of parking, and probably do every year. This is the first year I've noticed people parking in our yard though.
Hey, if anybody has any ideas, feel free to comment or email me. I thought it went really well though. It was over at 7, and everything was cleaned up and put away, and Jane and I were home about 8 pm. Nice. I think the first year here we didn't get home until midnight. I don't know yet how much money we made for the food bank, but I'm sure whatever it was will be appreciated.

The first customer came in at 4:05 and was put out that they couldn't get their food. It doesn't start until 4:30. Oh well.

peace out; and in.