Going for green

As well as serving up delicious balls in our homemade flatbreads, here at Flat Out we’re also keen to minimise our impact on the environment. This week, we’ve been exploring bio-degradable packaging options, and somehow, we’ve ended up with box loads of takeaway packaging – with no where to take it quite yet!  Who knew packaging was available in such an array or shapes, sizes and materials?! And yet no-one seems to have come up with the perfect receptacle for flatbread and balls – anyone up for the challenge?

Of course,  ratherpackaging than getting on with the dull stuff like cost comparisons, we couldn’t resist sticking on a label and making a sample cup our very own! Really had expected this procrastination thing to vanish now that every second counts towards getting our very own business off the ground. Wrong!

We had a couple of other new arrivals this week, the coffee grinder and the coffee brewer – they make a fine pair. Just waiting for the US to UK adapter plug to arrive (thank you Amazon, you saved the day) then we can get testing and tasting! We’re looking forward to doing our training with Artisan Roast and offering our customers a consistently great cup of coffee. We intend to keep things simple to start with, but we have aspirations to serve the perfect macchiato – one day.

We’ve also been flat out with training, we’re making good progress there, and beginning to get to grips with the processes and procedures we need to put in place to make sure we serve great food safely!  We’ll keep at it!

Counting down

Things are geVan with ashleytting tense in the Flat Out house, as our van makes its way to Ashley at Tudor Catering for the kitchen fit out. While there, it’s also going to a have respray – the result of a wee misunderstanding with the nice men in Bradford, oops!

Kitchen layout is going to be crucial to the smooth operation behind the counter, and therefore seamless service for our customers, so even the smallest decisions are weighing us down. Not sure why – it will no doubt be chaos to start with, regardless of which direction the spout of the water boiler is facing! Yes, that’s the kind of thing that’s keeping us awake at night. That, and things like – will we ever have any customers, will we make any money, and will we need to sell the house to cover the cost of this madness in 6 months time. We’re def sweating the large with the small!

Next big worry is timing, and will we find someone to bring the van all the way to Edinburgh at a decent price, and in time for the much-talked-about “open house” in April, eek! We would like at least one practice run in a lonely lay-by somewhere , even if it’s just to get the hang of not bumping into each other every time we move. Hoping all these ballroom dancing lessons will come in handy!

Stay tuned for some pictures of the work in progress that holds the key to our future!