A big thanks to MarketCraft for our first gig – a Scottish Gas/Centrica charity event in Bo’ness raising money for Shelter. All in all, a good day for Flat Out- quieter than we hoped for, but we had good fun, it was really useful experience for the new team, and great to make a contribution to such a good cause.
We took away a few lessons from the day which might be helpful if you’re thinking of setting up your own mobile food business (then again, you might have had them covered already!) :
- Don’t fill the bain marie with water then drive 20 miles – yes, the floor of the van was sparkly clean on arrival on site, but to be honest it was already sparkly clean when we left home
- Don’t drive an additional round trip of 40 miles cos you forgot the coffee – especially when you’re parked right next to a van that’s specialising in, eh, coffee
- Always check that the drain pipes from your sinks are heading in to the waste water container – but if that’s too difficult to think about , make sure your shoes are waterproof!
Just a few of the things that we’re working on getting right for next time 🙂
Over the last couple of months, we’ve been really busy getting Belle up and running. There have been a few obstacles along the way – the small matter of the “forgotten” oven, finding an oven that could be retro fitted, ordering an oven to find they no longer make that oven, finding another oven, and then finding a man to fit the oven – and that’s just the oven!!
We were delighted to be introduced to Jack who rejigged the gas pipes and arranged for our new oven to be fully fitted into the only space available- and now it looks like it’s been there forever!
Then there was the generator – finding one that didn’t make too much noise, didn’t require us to take out a second mortgage, and then, thrown in at the last minute, didn’t run on petrol, was our next challenge. It was a very happy day when our sparkly new LPG-converted silenced generator roared into action for the first time. It was a very unhappy day when we tried it out again, a week before our first booking, and were rewarded with silence. We endured a stressful few days waiting for it to be collected for repair and then returned. But return it did, and once again, the tiger-purr of a working generator created mega watt smiles all round. Now we’re ready!!