Love That Brand New Sauce Smell!

It's been a big week so far, and will be getting more exciting as it progresses.  The construction work at the restaurant is coming to an end and we have our first event on the 9th.  The work being done looks great and will steer 350 Main for the next 20 years.

Our daughter was finally discharged from the hospital and is now at home.  She has really been packing on the weight, and is almost triple her birth weight of 2# 13oz.  Her first night at home was a fussy one, but we are going to her first appointment with her new pediatrician, and it's just wonderful to not have to drive an hour each way just to see her. Edit-we just got back from the doctor and her hearing is normal.  She failed her hearing test on Friday, so that 's a relief.

The new production day is being scheduled for the end of the month, and I have the private party on the 9th, restaurant opening to the public on the 13th, and then Savor The Summit on the 16th.  It will be a really intense couple of weeks leading up to the full day production but will be worth it.  Ostensibly we will never close down for the spring time again, which will be nice because doing a full open every year is pretty stressful.

We are doing two big things this year in the kitchen at 350 that I am very proud of.  We are going to start making our own bread and making our own french fries.  It has been something I have wanted to do for years, but working out the logistics has been the problem, and now with encouragement for Rob at Alpine Distilling we are pressing forward.  I have done it in restaurants before, but now that the iron is hot, the pump is primed, and the dangle is angled, it is time to refocus corporate personnel and empower their time resources to make hay and shift our paradigm to one of scalable efficiency and bleeding edge culinary prowess.

I have two more sauce recipes solidified, and one more I need to tinker with.  The tinkering sauce is just like Grandma Fitch's, in that it was not originally developed for mass production, and needs some tweeks to make sure I am pulling maximum flavor out of the aromatics while not having to cook batches for hours on end.  It's a delicate balance, but once it goes into production it will all be worth it.

Smoke and Mirrors

I have been fitting in development for future sauces when I have time.  The steak sauce is still not where I want it and I cooked a new, different batch last week, but think I will have to do a few more little mods to it still.  We will see.  I also put down the first batch of a curry based sauce, but I know that is way off and I already know some changes I want to make for the next few tests.

I ordered some kola nut powder for a sauce I have been story boarding and will order ingredients for another sauce I have been making since my Martha's Vineyard days, which should be fairly easy to nail down in terms of product development, but now that I said that it's probably going to be a nightmare.

In other entirely unrelated and inane news, yesterday marked 60 days out from my vacation, so I did our Fastpass+ selections.  I did them only for the days when we are definitely going to the parks for dining and leaving the others blank, to give us freedom to do or not do things the other days, especially since I know we are going to make a trip to Tampa and meet up with some friends(and eat), and we need to do at least one day at Universal.

The other thing we are going to be doing in Florida, is volunteering for a shift at Give Kids the World Village.  It's a great non-profit that pairs with wish giving charities for families with children who have life threatening illnesses.  It allows them to visit the parks of central Florida, and provides them with a great vacation with plenty of entertainment if they are not feeling up to all the hubbub of Walt Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld.