After approximately 18 months day-dreaming, 1 year saving, and a lot of time blabbering on to anyone who would listen, last weekend Sarah and I finally stepped up and started slinging sliders at Brick Lane. It was nerve-wracking, hard work and fun – and unlike anything I’ve ever done before. But like anything else it was/is a steep learning curve. Click through to find out what I learned on the first day of class.
The first thing I learned about is the sheer amount of stuff it takes to operate a street stall. There’s the gas cylinders, cooking equipment and cool boxes of food, but there are also 101 other little things you musn’t forget. Sellotape, cleaning materials, water, scissors, ice blocks for the coolers – all these things are absolutely essential and forgetting one is like brushing past a house of cards.
I’m also starting to learn a thing or two about consistency. While it’s easy enough to bang out a dozen meals for friends and family and have everything looking and tasting bloop, doing the same thing under pressure and at speed is a different story. Luckily we kept things simple this time and managed to maintain a good product by taking things as steadily as we could.
I’ve had my doubts in the past, but another thing I’ve learned is that most people are…excellent! Except for a pair of drunken arseholes (one on each day) everyone that came up to buy or to chat was really nice and wished us the best of luck. Loads of our friends came down to support us on Saturday and I am overwhelmed by all the people who have gone out of their way to help us get off the ground.
Social Media Rocks
I already knew this,and I realise I’m probably preaching to the converted, but after the weekend my faith in social media has been firmly established. Before I even flipped a slider, I was inundated with messages of support from twitter and facebook, and on the weekend itself I was lucky to have visits from a number of tweeters and bloggers interested in finding out what we were all about – thanks guys!
Actually I didn’t learn anything about the future. I am however, looking forward to meeting more people, having loads of fun, and bringing out some new slider combinations. I also know that I can’t do it alone, and want to reiterate my thanks to everyone who helped, tasted, tweeted, bought and blogged during our first weekend.