Welcome to the place where your two bloggers ask each other one question each week. We hope you enjoy them as your learn a bit more about us – sometimes we even learn more about each other!
Ray’s question to Karen:
Q: Have you ever worked in any type of job at a restaurant?
A: Yes! I spent many years as a high school and college student working in restaurants. Four of those years were spent working at a restaurant called Po Folks. I worked as a hostess, waitress and cashier. My preferred job was cashier. I guess I liked handling the money! Po Folks was, as I’m sure you can guess, a southern country cooking restaurant. The worst thing about the job? They expected the staff to greet the customers by saying “Howdy!”
Karen’s Question to Ray:
Q: Tell us about your food industry experience.
A: Much like you, I spent my late high school and early college years working in the food industry. I was at the same place the whole time – Dunkin Donuts! I started out as a server – back then DD had not only a take-out line, but also an eat-in counter where you would wait on customers. During the school year I mainly worked the early shifts on Saturdays and Sundays which were incredibly busy, but we always had fun working together to clear the lines a quickly as possible.
Later I also served as what was then called the finisher. The finisher made the muffins, cookies and croissants in the early part of the shift while the baker made the donut rings and shells. When the rings and shells were ready, the finisher had to turn them into all of the different varieties of donuts – back then it was more than 30 kinds! I enjoyed that part and trying to complete it faster each shift was my own personal game.
It seems like those jobs are gone now though from each individual restaurant – the baked goods appear to be made in central locations now and delivered to the stores. Those years were fun, but I won’t lie – after I moved on from the job, it was a good 5 years before I wanted to eat anything from DD!