With the smoke that’s plagued us the last few weeks, I’ve been desperate for more work, but not quite willing to take the plunge and get a second job. I really like having the option of walking around in the afternoons, and winter will be fine for me to work like a dog, but it does mean my finances are suffering. As such, I’ve been asking around for any other work on the mountain, and it finally paid off when an email came out to all Rendezvous staff that Roundhouse was looking for staff to help out during the Feast shifts.
The Feast is a buffet style dinner held at the Roundhouse each Friday-Sun in June/Aug and costs about $40 a plate. A few of us attended in July using a Blackcomb voucher that let us in 2 for 1, and it was well worth the discounted cash. There’s salads, fresh vegetables, chicken, prawns, ribs, salmon and beef, as well as a very well stocked dessert table consisting of cupcakes, bar cakes, whipped crème, pecan pie, fresh fruit and a different hot dessert each week.
However, with summer coming to an end, they were losing a lot of staff and desperate to get in some extra hands. I get offered a Friday shift, and later a Sunday shift, and have to grab a front of house uniform from The Springs (meaning I get a pair of travel trousers for free, score!)
Working in front of house is a completely different situation to back of house, mostly due to how much moving you’re doing. My job is to clear tables for the two sittings (one at 5:30, the second at 7:30) and keep them clean, and get allocated two areas where I have to navigate (usually the ‘Elbow Room’ and ‘Glacier View’). At first this is pretty dull, with very few tables, but once everyone’s sitting down, its full power for a good hour. Turn around and blink, and there will be 12 tables with half a dozen plates waiting to be collected. Plus, since I have no experience bussing, my plate balancing is mediocre, and EVERYTHING ends up dripping down my shirt. I also have to answer questions from guests, which can be hard considering I don’t normally work this mountain.
On the other hand, I get a fifteen-minute break in which I get to eat at the Feast, so that’s a good bonus.
I do a good enough job that I get invited back for a Sunday shift, although on Saturday I can feel a tickle in my throat, which is turning into an actual sore throat by Sunday, so I need to keep an eye on that. Dan (the boss) wants me in Saturday/Sunday next week, and if I get worse, I’ll need the hours just to stay financially afloat.