Hello! I’m so happy to have come home to a bit of much needed water in the air!
The menu for this coming week has been posted and you can find it HERE. Please note that pick up times have changed; I am sure that this will continue to happen as this new process evolves and I’ll always try to point it out. Pick up times for this week are Wednesday 4pm-7pm, Thursday 11am-3pm, or Friday 11am-3pm; other arrangements can be made if needed. As many of you have heard me say, I am in the kitchen many hours beyond our hours of operation, and I have a couple helpers who are as well. We are happy to find another time that works.
In terms of a biz update…Julia’s Kitchen has been open for over 5 years (yay!). I’ve been through so many iterations – from a staff of 14 to a staff of zero and all over in between; from 7 days a week and 12 hours a day to 4 days a week and 4 hours a day; from me being constantly in the kitchen to me barely being able to make it into the kitchen and then back. I have learned a ton, and apparently still have plenty to learn. And, I’m still looking for the right formula. I don’t think I can find it on my own.
I’ve been looking for a business partner for a while and haven’t found that perfect match, but I’m thinking maybe it’s a team that I should be seeking. Perhaps 4 people who are aligned with the mission of Julia’s Kitchen, who have different skills, experience, and strengths than my own, but who want cross train in order to understand and contribute to the business holistically, and who want to co-operate cooperatively.
What might be the focus for those skills/experiences/strengths?
- management and operation of the front of the house
- execution of physical branding/interior design
- oversight of community nights, special events, etc.
- kitchen manager/support
I would hope to create a team of people who aren’t afraid of, and in fact thrive on, hard work and getting their hands dirty, but who seek a healthy work-life balance.
In the meantime, I plan to continue to build on this pre-order concept, as well as offering daily bakery and grab and go options for those who want to stop in during lunch hours. I do need to simplify the lunch service as long as I am on my own, but I do plan to continue to have healthy, nourishing food available for lunching Tuesday-Friday 11am-3pm.
I hope those who has Spring Break last week enjoyed it and I hope all have a happy and healthy weekend!