Fourth Annual "The Best"

Fourth Annual "The Best"

Misc.

Best kitchen disaster that I can laugh at now
We were in the midst of a pretty extreme blizzard a number of years ago. The hospital was full of patients, but a large percentage of hospital staff were simply unable to get to work and those that were here worked long shifts and could not leave for days. We had one grill cook and one cafeteria service worker to keep the employee cafeteria operational. Finding a cashier for that area was out of the question because the patient feeding function would have been greatly compromised. With no cashier, the decision was made to make the food in the cafeteria free to those employees that were at work. We soon found out that you should NEVER, NEVER do that. We were emptied of inventory in a few short hours and had no way to get additional product into the hospital until the roads were cleared the following day. It is funny now, but we learned a very important lesson: No good deed goes unpunished!
—Margaret Kipe, R.D., director, nutrition services, Reading Health System, West Reading, Pa.

Best funny complaint from a customer
When I was working in South Beach, a customer ordered chicken penne with vodka sauce and asked for the vodka on the side. He complained when we couldn’t fulfill his request of serving him a shot of vodka with his pasta.
—Pierre Sierralta, corporate supply chain manager, Baptist Heath South Florida, Miami

Best childhood food memory
My birthday is in the spring during morel season in Indiana. I always looked forward to many batches of fried mushrooms for my birthday.
—Kathryn Grover, director of nutrition services, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

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