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Hurricane Gustav Catering Nightmare

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03 08 11:38 pm    Post subject: Hurricane Gustav Catering Nightmare Reply with quote

I have been deployed with Army North since Sunday to 'welcome' Hurricane Gustav to the USA. Up until yesterday we've been eating MREs so, naturally, hot food from a caterer was very nice to see.

I usually don't complain but I have to say I was a tad freaked out. The following nightmares are true. I never stretch the truth and won't start now.

1 - 100+ of us are being served buffet style. Hot food is rolled in inside of a cambro and trays are removed and laid atop a table. Caterers finish establishing their line. Food is not kept hot. Last night the baked chicken sat out for a good 30 minutes before the first person was served. This morning the eggs and boudain (sp?) were not kept hot either. Food is luke warm at best. Not cold - but definitely not hot.

2 - This morning the sergeant major found a nut in his eggs. Like a real, no schitt, nut. Like hardware bought from Ace or Home Depot.

3 - This morning the dude handling the tortillas did so sans gloves. Everyone here is grumpy and tired...we're sleeping 100 to a room...working days and nights...so I ask him "Did you wash your hands after you pissed this morning?" He just looked at me like I had a penis growing out of my forehead. Yes, I ate my pissy, egg-filled taco and it was good. I'm just awaiting ecoli-tainted diarrhea to come storming out of my ass.

4 - My favorite - a glove was found in yesterday's spaghetti. You heard me correctly. A disposable glove. Now I find two things very odd with this one. 1) A GD GLOVE WAS FOUND IN OUR CHOW!!! and 2) someone's using gloves to handle the food when no one's looking but not on the serving line. Huh? WTF?

Anyway.

Hope all is well with you homos.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04 08 12:50 am    Post subject: Re: Hurricane Gustav Catering Nightmare Reply with quote

Intersting story and glad to hear that you (and others) are there to "help where you can".

Not to agree with the caterer but not knowing ALL the facts and circumstances mabye I can shed some light on the happenings of your catered meal(s).

StarsandStripes wrote:
I have been deployed with Army North since Sunday to 'welcome' Hurricane Gustav to the USA. Up until yesterday we've been eating MREs so, naturally, hot food from a caterer was very nice to see.

I usually don't complain but I have to say I was a tad freaked out. The following nightmares are true. I never stretch the truth and won't start now.

1 - 100+ of us are being served buffet style. Hot food is rolled in inside of a cambro and trays are removed and laid atop a table. Caterers finish establishing their line. Food is not kept hot. Last night the baked chicken sat out for a good 30 minutes before the first person was served. This morning the eggs and boudain (sp?) were not kept hot either. Food is luke warm at best. Not cold - but definitely not hot.

I have to assume that where the food was prepared and where it was seved might of been quite a distance away. Or possibily prepared too far in advance of serving. Either of these scenarios would cause the problem you mentioned above.

Not being "kept hot" on the serving line....it really is a waste to even try to keep the food hot in that situation. It does not take but a few miniutes to serve the 100+ guests so to try to "keep it hot" during this time is fruital.

As far as the "chicken sitting out for a good 30 min before serving". food (including chicken) can be out for quite a long time without a source to keep it hot without causing any ill effects. (depending on the outside temp.)


2 - This morning the sergeant major found a nut in his eggs. Like a real, no schitt, nut. Like hardware bought from Ace or Home Depot.

Now THAT is just WRONG right there but again, it has happened where a nut, screw or what ever has come off of a piece of equipment during processing and wound up in the food chain....not good but certainly not intended.

3 - This morning the dude handling the tortillas did so sans gloves. Everyone here is grumpy and tired...we're sleeping 100 to a room...working days and nights...so I ask him "Did you wash your hands after you pissed this morning?" He just looked at me like I had a penis growing out of my forehead. Yes, I ate my pissy, egg-filled taco and it was good. I'm just awaiting ecoli-tainted diarrhea to come storming out of my ass.

Now THAT is funny right there... Laughing As a consumer, we sometimes have to "assume" that the people prepping our food(s) have washed after pissing....or at least used a differnt pair of gloves Laughing Laughing Laughing

4 - My favorite - a glove was found in yesterday's spaghetti. You heard me correctly. A disposable glove. Now I find two things very odd with this one. 1) A GD GLOVE WAS FOUND IN OUR CHOW!!! and 2) someone's using gloves to handle the food when no one's looking but not on the serving line. Huh? WTF?

Not sure where to go with this one. Shocked Shocked Other than the last statement: "someone's using gloves to handle the food when no one's looking but not on the serving line. Huh? WTF?" The wearing of gloves is NOT mandatory (or necessary) when serving unless handling RTE foods...making of tacos, etc.

Anyway.

Hope all is well with you homos. Homos??? What ya mean by that bro???
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04 08 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And to make matters worse - they just showed up asking to borrow a microwave to heat up the burgers and dogs. $7.50 a plate...infreakincredible.

Homos? Everything is gay and everyone is a homo. I am TIRED!!!!!! No offense meant. I just want to sleep!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04 08 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A microwave to reheat food in bulk. Wow!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04 08 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy Halibut!!!!!!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04 08 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

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