Last night was the long-awaited "restaurant night". The last time we had done this was back in Minnesota, many years and many babies ago! We had the idea of heating up all the leftovers, none of which were sufficient for a meal for everyone, and making up a menu, and playing "restaurant".
So, all week long, we planned on doing restaurant, and the little boys were especially excited about the idea. In addition to leftovers we made some dishes from random ingredients we had in the fridge, too. While we were busy in the kitchen, Mommy and Sammy worked on the menu, and Sarah worked on creating the proper ambiance...
The key to having people want to eat in your restaurant, in addition to having them be members of your family and unable to drive elsewhere, is an appealing menu. Click to read ours!
We had to strike a proper balance between servers and customers. For some reason, all the younger ones wanted to serve, and the older ones wanted to consume.
Garlicking up the free Panera bread our neighbors bless us with every few weeks.
At Klein O Velli's, the customer is always cozy!
Everything looked so delicious, Joshie had a hard time ordering.
Sammy anxiously waited for the orders to roll in.
Crispy Crunchy Clean Celery Broomsticks were a hit --- with Mommy, at least.
Our chefs prepared Orange Wagon Wheels for the first time. Joshie ate enough of these for a whole pioneer train!
The older siblings knew money was no object as they perused the appealing offerings.
Susanna cheerfully and professionally took orders, then ran squealing to the kitchen to alert the crew.
The big kids enjoyed good conversation during the wait for their meals.
"Do I serve from the right or from the left? Oh well."
"More wagon wheels!" Joshie called! Each wagon wheel began intact, and eventually Joshie ate a hole through the center, exposing his hard working teeth and tongue. Q-T!!!
Of course, the kids knew for it to be a real restaurant, we needed Customer Feedback cards. So, we made some up for our customers, and provided pens. Our restaurant was graded on the important qualities of: service, cleanliness, hospitality, food quality, speed, order accuracy, flavorliness, peacefulness, orderliness, and whiteness of teeth.
After all, it wasn't a real restaurant.