5am – Wake up.
6am – Start driving in to Boston. Stop for gas.
7:05am – I’m already in Boston? Wow, that commute was a lot faster than I thought. I decided to stop in to the Intercontinental Hotel, where I used to work, to see some old coworkers. My doormen were still there.
7:45am – Arrive to the Seaport World Trade center to start setting up for the TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala (The company I work for did the event planning).
8am – Oh yeah, made a stop at Dunks to get some coffee. Definitely going to need the caffeine.
8:30am to 12noon – Arranging tables and linens for all of the TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala restaurants (about 44 in total).
12noon(ish) to 1:45pm – LUNCH! Catered from City Table: Turkey sandwich with bacon, lettuce and mayo on asiago bread, pasta salad, Sun Chips, orange and a chocolate chip cookie. I was starving! And needed to fuel for the rest of the day.
2pm – Restaurants start to arrive. I was in charge of 14 restaurants to make sure they knew where their stations were and to let them know that I would be their main point of contact throughout the evening.
My restaurants were:
Met Back Bay
Phew! But everyone was so nice and easy to work with.
2pm to 6pm – Getting everyone settled, running around to help out with last minute arrangements, like the flowers.
6pm – Change in to our formal wear for the event.
7pm – Doors are open and people start to arrive. My feet are beginning to hurt.
7pm to 9:30pm – Making sure all of the restaurants are good to go. Do they need napkins, forks, plates? I was on radio the whole night, and still working, but we were able to enjoy some of the food and I had one gin and tonic.
9:30pm – My feet were killing me. They let me go a bit earlier than what was on the schedule (11pm).
10:30pm – Arrive at home and my right hip was KILLING me. I really felt like I had just run a marathon.
11pm – Passed out.
Overall, I have to say that yesterday was one of the best working days ever. Yes, I was running around ALL day (only sat at lunch) but I loved the craziness. I couldn’t imagine doing it day in and day out as a catering manager or banquet manager, but every now and then it’s great to get out of the office and help out.
6th Annual TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala a success.
What’s your favorite part of your job?