Cruz Blanca – Wednesday, August 24
Wild and busy Wednesday in the CB, made for an action-packed shift that was a lot of fun for the staff and guests. The night mellowed around 9/9:30PM.
Today started with a group of 16 international students from Les Roches, the International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland, and 2 of their teachers, on their graduate student trip to Chicago – this was their second year in a row, last year we had them tour the Clark Street restaurants. Big thank you to Todd, Matt, Lisa and Jacob (and Sarah, JF and all 900 staff who put up with us having a look behind the scenes.) Todd blew them away with his in depth tour of the brewery. These students were from Singapore, Thailand, Kenya, France, Greece, India and beyond. There was one student from DF, who said this was the first time she has eaten properly done Mexican food in another country. The group all stayed to eat after the tour, which gave great energy to the dining room to start off dinner service. By the time they were leaving, a student from Vietnam had become emotional about the whole experience they today. She said they have been in hospitality school for the past years in Switzerland, and this was the first time they have actually seen hospitality in action. Wow, thank you team so much for giving them this experience.
Cruz Blanca – Friday, August 26
Steady Friday from lunch through the evening to the dinner rush. Full temperatures from the early afternoon almost to close due to beautiful evening weather. Alex and Gladys were the dynamic duo on the CB1 bar, exemplifying the “warm smiles, cold beer,” ethos instilled by TW. The CB2 bar was a little more mellow today, and Nosheen had some excellent strategies for that (see next section.)
MVP: Carolina is going to be missed at Cruz Blanca! Even though she is near the end of her final week, and with a sore throat that made her voice raspy, she toughed it out and made guests smile all night. Carolina is taking a job in her neighborhood to have more time with her kids and we wish her the best.
Tom Skilling says… resurging humidity over August’s final weekend heightens chances for more thunderstorms.