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Topic: Achievement (03/08/12)
TITLE: Sammy Joe’s Place
By Delores McCarter
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I was a little nervous because I wondered why she wanted to interview me, a part-time stay-at-home-mom and Jane about town.
I designed my own career as a business consultant. My fiancé and I wanted to get married and start a family, so I designed a business that I could enjoy and would fit in a future with a busy husband and a growing family.
â€śMrs. Duncan, I really admire what you do for this community. You are an inspiration to career women as well as stay-at-home mothers.â€ť
â€śThank you so much,â€ť I said, feeling my face get warm.
â€śYou have a great opportunity of working in so many professions. What would you consider to be your most enjoyable job?"
â€śHands down, it was working in my momâ€™s restaurant,â€ť I said.
The publisher looked up at me and smiled.
â€śSounds like you have a few stories about the place,â€ť she said.
â€śOh, I could tell many stories about that place,â€ť I said.
â€śWhat do you remember the most about working there?â€ť
â€śI loved being able to cook the food that I wanted with the instant feedback of the customers.â€ť
â€śHow old were you that summer?â€ť
â€śThat was five years ago, so I was nineteen.â€ť
â€śWhat makes it so special?â€ť
â€śWell, I love create some of the dishes that Iâ€™ve been thinking about for a long time. While my mom was taking care of my aunt who just had a baby, I had those plates turning while keeping the food from burning.â€ť I said, using a popular expression at Sammyâ€™s Joeâ€™s.
â€śIâ€™d love to know what specials you served that summer.â€ť
â€śOh, I made a lot of food. I made all kinds of muffins for breakfast, rosemary roasted chicken, lasagna, turkey pot pie, roast beef for dinner and about a hundred soups and sandwiches.â€ť
â€śDid I hear you correctly?â€ť She asked.
â€śYes. I worked Monday through Friday for ninety days. There were some soups that I tested and didnâ€™t use and there were some soups that were snatched up by my family before I could even add them to the special.â€ť
â€śSo, did you also handle the work schedule, handling payroll, paying the vendors, handling deliveries, and all the other stuff that restaurant owners do?â€ť
â€śI learned to do it all, but I have to admit, I had a lot of help. Mom had Ms. DeLuca and she made things flow so much easier.â€ť
â€śIs that Ms. DeLuca, the fashion designer?â€ť
â€śYes. We are still very close.â€ť
Greta jotted something on a notepad.
â€śOk, letâ€™s go back to those one hundred soups and sandwiches. I eat at Sammy Joeâ€™s a lot, so I know I had some of those specials.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m in the kitchen a lot so Iâ€™m sure you probably had some of my cooking.â€ť
â€śDid you make the grilled cheese and tomato basil soup?â€ť
â€śThat was one of my entrees.â€ť
â€śWhat about the chili corn carne with cornbread muffins?â€ť
â€śOh yes. The firefighters eat that right up.â€ť
â€śWhat about the chicken tortilla and those little pretty muffins?â€ť
â€śThose were confetti corn muffins and
they were tasty. I added some peppers, carrots and just a hint of pepper jack cheese.â€ť
The publisher sat back in her chair again and started laughing. First, I didnâ€™t know what to make of it, but finally, my curiosity got the best of me.
â€śWhat is so funny?â€ť I asked.
â€śI ate your lunch almost every day and Iâ€™m surprised that I didnâ€™t get big as a house. In fact, by the end of that summer, I managed to lose eighteen pounds and I never gained it back.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m glad that you lost weight, but I hope that you enjoyed the food.â€ť
â€śEnjoyed the food? Iâ€™m about to offer you the opportunity to be our next cooking expert! That is, if youâ€™d like to join the team.â€ť Greta said.
â€śWell, if I get to come up with cool recipes and work in that fabulous test kitchen, Iâ€™m all for it.â€ť
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