People amaze me.
Last week, St. Louis hosted a convention for a business that promotes healthy living. They sell shakes and vitamins, and try to get you to sell shakes and vitamins. They boast about looking younger and losing weight. And some of them do, and some of them have.
Since our hotel is located right next to the convention center, a majority of our guests were part of this group. A majority of the majority were from Mexico, and spoke very little English.
We kinda knew what to expect from these guests, and we were all prepared to be swindled into trying their products, or better yet, selling them.
What we didn’t expect was how much they would eat.
We serve food twice a day. At breakfast you can find scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, waffles, cereal, oatmeal, pastries, and fresh fruit. At “dinner” you can find grilled or baked chicken, mac and cheese or pasta with marinara sauce, baked potatoes, nachos, hotdogs, soups or chili, and a salad bar.
An hour into these mealtimes, you couldn’t find ANYTHING.
This group ATE. Seriously, it was like they hadn’t eaten EVER, and had been saving up for our “nutritious” food.
They pretended to be healthy. They loaded up on salad, carrots and tomatoes, scooping heaping spoonfuls of stuff onto their plates. Then they’d hit the hot foods and scoop up another plateful of hotdogs, or meatballs, or mac n cheese. We were refilling after every third person it seemed.
At breakfast, they’d load up dozens of hard boiled eggs onto their plates, take 2-3 bananas each, and still load up on the hot foods.
Now, we’re used to serving four to five hundred people, and know how much food we’d normally go through, but this group was not normal.
They ate two to three times what we’d normally serve, causing us to have to personally go to our distributor for more food the next day. What would normally last us a weekend, was eaten in one night.
And our guests from Mexico were cracking me up! Normally a gallon jar of jalapeños would last us a week. We went through THREE jars in ONE night! They ate them on everything. When they discovered we had tabasco sauce, they hit us up for more bottles. For the first time in… ever, we had salt, pepper and tabasco on all the tables.
I’ve never felt more used and abused.
During one of our conversations, I mentioned we leave our soda machine open until 10pm. “Oh, we don’t drink soda. Only water for us.”
Oh yes, I forgot. They’re healthy.
Ah well, this is totally the reason I love my job. Ya just never know what you’re gonna get.
Except the next time I will…. I’ve taken lots of notes on this group, and we will be sure to have plenty of food available for our splurging guests if and when they return.
Oh, and lots of jalapeños too.