Mr. Event: Salad, Dessert or Both?

Dear Atlas Event Rental Blog Readers,

First, I want to wish you all a happy New Year!

Have you made your New Year Resolutions yet? I hope so (or you’re late)! I’ve made mine and I’m already having a hard time with it.

It seems, as always, that the universe is conspiring against me to make it hard to keep a resolution. I think the only resolution that I could really honestly make is one to not make resolutions anymore! That would work like a charm.

This year my resolution is to watch the sweets. I’ve documented at great length that I have a bit of a major sweet tooth. I love anything that has sugar in it (except maybe fruit juice).

So, what to my dismay when, not days ago, I attended a conference/dinner where my resolve was put to the test. Now, I know that it wasn’t the New Year yet, but it never hurts to get a jump start on something, right?

Well, there I am sitting at a conference table in a hotel waiting for dinner to be served when they did something I have never seen before:

Down goes the salad followed shortly by a piece of cake!

No lie! They put the beautiful, chocolate cake on the table before the dinner was even served! Can you believe that?!

I mean, what is that all about? I could even smell the chocolate over the odorless greens in the salad.

My resolve lasted through the salad, but my eyes kept drifting towards that cake. Then the dinner came and every bite I took of my chipper chicken was clouded by the omnipresent existence of the chocolate cake! Before I knew it, I was done with the chicken and my fork was moving towards that cake.

I blacked out.

The next thing I knew, I woke up in the corner with a fork covered in chocolate frosting and chocolate crumbs all over my face.

I’m not really sure what my take away is from this particular experience other than I found it odd that the dessert was put on the table before the real meal was even served. If it hadn’t been, I would have most likely been able to decline the cake when the waiters brought it to my seat. It is a lot easier to turn something away after you’ve eaten than to have to stare at it for a half hour and have it sitting there ready to be eaten at any time. If you run an establishment like this consider serving the dessert at after the meal OR set up a dessert bar in the back of the room so the guests can serve themselves.

In reality, I’m lucky I made it through the salad before I hit that cake!