Eat here at Siesta Key invites all waiters and chefs in Siesta Key/Sarasota to join the eat here crew free pizza, food bites, beer and wine.
âLast Thursday we decided to throw an industry block party for other food business on Madeira AveueâŠWe offered free food, chef selections, free beer, wine and some fun. Itâs September, and nobody makes money in September. We needed to relax and have some fun,â said Tracey Fried, a maitre âd at the siesta key restaurant.
During the block party, restaurant owner Sean Murphy made mention of the event resembling a âstaff mealâ. âWe sent out invitation cards to a few surrounding businesses and expected maybe a dozen people to show. As it turns out, close to eighty people came and we had a great time," said Sean.
He went on to tell a story in old restaurant history when a staff meal was offered to all employees as a way to try new things the chefs were working on. It was a communal meal where the staff could relate personally without being âin the trenches." It always happened after shiftâŠto celebrate and wind down.
âIt was good to see both the front and back of the house relaxing and hanging out without the kitchen window in between,â said Tracey.
Marjorie Kammerlohr, maitre âd at Eat Here on Anna Maria Island, was excited about an unexpected turnout. âWe really didnât know who would showâŠI was worried that Tracey and I would be the only ones at the table," said Marjorie." "But we were joined by around 80 waiters, chefs and former eat here employees from other food business including BlasĂ©, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Pomona, Indigenous, Pangea, Flemmings, Lucky Pelican, Chilis, Wing House, and Beach Bites. âSub Zero and Solorzanos even donated pizza and ice cream.â
âIt was perfect - nice flow, not too crazy but fun,â said Tracey. âWe had a chance to mix new ideas with existing classic menu items. âRestaurant people are your best critics, and the white truffle hummus turned out delicious!â
Last time was so much fun we decided to do it again. Sean invites all service industry professionals to come enjoy free food, beer and wine at âStaff Mealâ this Thursday. The festivities begin at 8:30pm and continue through 11:00pm for those that work.
Amusing & irrelevant aside:
Marjorieâs âlast mealâ would be a tenderloin prepared rare with demi-glace and homemade mac ân cheese. Tracey wants chocolate chip pancakes with butter, maple syrup and a toasted blueberry muffin on top. She has put some thought into this and swears itâs good.
About Eat Here: The Eat Here restaurants celebrate chef-crafted, Gulf Coast cookery and creative cocktails. Eat Here on Anna Maria Island and in Siesta Key were recently selected as two of Floridaâs âbest new restaurantsâ as part of Florida Trendâs Golden Spoon Awards.
Eat Here Anna Maria Island: 5315 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, 941-778-0411
Eat Here Siesta Key: 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, (941) 346-7800