This past weekend we served up Thai food at the Blooming Local event for Freewheeling Craft Ottawa. It was our 2nd time cooking for a Freewheeling event, and honestly, it's amazing to see how supportive and collaborative local vendors are. And the space hosting the events - Makerspace North - is such a fantastic place to have an event like that, too.
We served hundreds of dishes of Pad Thai, Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum), and Holy Basil Stir Fry with Chicken (Gai Pad Gaprow), which we sold out of in the middle of lunch!
We can't wait to be part of the next Freewheeling event and really enjoy all of the feedback we get from people who loved our food. It's a lot of work and we're exhausted by the end of the day, but it's very worth it.
Not to mention the orders of frozen meals we had over the weekend as well. Luckily two of our clients agreed to get their orders at times that we don't usually deliver them, otherwise Saturday would have been a scramble to finish everything after having already cooked for the entire day at the Freewheeling event! And it was also our first time offering Khao Mun Gai (Hainanese Chicken & Rice) on the frozen meals menu, and while I personally enjoy it a lot, making over a dozen servings of it quickly was a challenge. But I really feel like I'm honing my skills with Thai food the more I get to cook the frozen meal orders. I really hope it pays off when we catering for large groups and have to serve hundreds of people quickly.
In the meantime, on weekends where we're serving food at a large event, it's tough balancing the work required for that, my full-time day job, and the work for the frozen meals all at once, and it's felt like a struggle a few times but at the end of the weekend I feel so relieved that the hard work is done and I've hopefully introduced lots of people to some Thai flavours they've never had before. It's worth it.