ULC Logbook, Wednesday, April 20th, 2022:
We started with 53 covers. There was not too much movement with the reservation book: one party of 2 cancelled, and we were joined by BA BA BA Mr. Alexander C. as a walk-in party of 2. We finished with 53 covers (this number included the 20 guests who joined us in the Sherman Room).
For BA’s, we were joined by: the D.’s / Dr. K. F. (party of 4, tbl. 29); owner of friendly competitor restaurant Zinc, Alexander C. (party of 2, tbl. 4); Yale’s deputy director of athletics A.-M. G. (party of 3, tbl. 35); Dr. J. R. (party of 3, tbl. 17).
In the Sherman Room, we were joined by 20 guests for the Knights of Columbus dinner.
The Sally G.’s reservation (party of 2, tbl. 26, served by R.) had such a good time between what they ate “everything was absolutely delicious” and their friendly banter with R. after dinner, that while still in the restaurant they made their next reservation to join us again as a party of 4 on Thursday, April 28th.
Tilden R. (party of 2, tbl. 2, served by P. M.) said this was their first time dining out at a restaurant in the 2 years since the start of the pandemic. The R.’s said they first joined us after their wedding, when they had dinner at Robert Henry’s: tonight they commented on greatly enjoying their anniversary dinner. The R.’s were elated to be back at ULC, and said they’d see us again soon.
Today was P. M.’s birthday!
In celebration of Earth Day, here is an except from a speech given by Judge Simeon E. Baldwin:
Roger Sherman was an effective speaker, but it was not because he had in him anything of the orator. His power in debate lay in his habit of never taking the floor unless he had something new and important to suggest, and in stopping as soon as he had said it.-New Haven Morning Journal-Courier, June 18, 1907
It lay also in what Cicero said was the first qualification of the successful orator — being a good man. People believed him, because they believed in him.
Justice was his polar star. Roger Sherman believed that justice was the true mainspring of all political action on the part of the mass of the people.
‘Popular opinion,’ he said on the floor of the first congress, ‘is founded in justice, and the only way to know if the popular opinion is in favor of a measure is to examine whether it is just and right in itself.’
‘The popularity that follows, not that which is run after,’ was what Roger Sherman thought should be the wish of the legislator.
Sherman’s religion is still our religion. He stood for justice, and truth: he stood for duty, quietly, daily, untiringly done, in whatever station, high or low, God may see fit to place us.
Roger Sherman was a good shoemaker, and he was a good senator.
Thursday; mostly cloudy with a high of 59F. Friday; sunny, high of 64F. Saturday; partly cloudy, high of 61F.
ULC Logbook, Thursday, April 21st, 2022:
We started with 91 covers: one party of 2 cancelled before the doors opened. We were joined by the following walk-in’s: party of 2 at 5:50PM; party of 2 at 6:25PM; solo diner at 6:30PM; solo diner at 6:30PM; party of 2 at 8:15PM. The BA B.’s joined us at the bar for dinner. The last party of 6 reduced to become a party of 2. We finished with 98 guests (the total includes the 12 guests in the Sherman Room).
For BA’s, we were joined by: the P.’s (party of 4, tbl. 3); Dr. M. P. with the Yale School of Medicine (party of 8, tbl. 31); D. B. with Yale Humanities (party of 6, tbl. 5); U. S., with Yale Mechanical Engineering (party of 3, tbl. 13); the B.’s (regular couple who join us every Thursday at the bar); Henry L. (party of 2, tbl. 3).
In the Sherman Room, we were joined by 12 guests for Kevin S. / Laura’s birthday.
Henry L. (party of 2, tbl. 3, served by P. M.) initially had requested to change tables twice due to the noise level around tables 10 and 14. The L.’s commented how much they enjoyed their dinners and the service tonight, and Mr. L. thanked us for accommodating their requests. I added a note to the L.s’ profile to steer their future reservations to larger / quieter tables. Bravo P. M., Chef and team!
R. I. came once again under the spotlight for service mistakes: served T22 main courses under T23 table (not that much an issue), without finishing to serve the fries and aioli, while they were sitting in view of the guest until N. and I questioned their origin. Fired entree for T11 while awaiting their 2nd course, the Chef didn’t bother to ask as he knew what was happening. R. then was running around looking for his salad as they were already out without paying attention to J. nor J. telling him they brought it. He then rushed and asked for a extra green salad (as per Chef assumption, he forgot to order a 3rd one).-.G
I have added all guests from the request list to the reservation book for Mother’s Day.
Friday; mostly sunny, high of 65F. Saturday, partly sunny, high of 60F.
ULC Logbook, Friday, April 22nd, 2022:
We started with 89 covers. One party of 2, reserved for 8:30PM, cancelled due to sudden illness. We were joined by 3 walk-in guests at the bar by 6PM, which included T.’s younger brother Reed. A party of 2 joined us for desserts-only at 6:45PM. Between 8PM and 8:15PM, we were joined by walk-in parties of 1, 2, and 2. At 8:30PM, we were joined by walk-in parties of 1 and 1: J. from Sweden, and Pamela B., who had joined us on Thursday night with a 3-top. We finished with 94 guests.
For BA’s, we were joined by: William D. (party of 2, tbl. 15); John L. (party of 4, tbl. 3); pre-2004 ULC events director, Karen W. (party of 3, tbl. 29); Dr. N. (party of 4, tbl. 22); Michael and Mrs. K., celebrating 15th anniversary (party of 2, tbl. 16); Paul and Mrs. I., who met while both ULC servers in the early 2000’s (party of 2, tbl. 4); Gregg B., whose son performed in a recital at Yale tonight (party of 4, tbl. 12); Frank B., whose daughter received a lacrosse award from Yale tonight (party of 3, tbl. 9).
In the Ballroom, G. J. hosted approx. 35 guests for dinner from the Council on Latin American Studies.
Dr. K. F., the BA D.s’ doctor, who had dined here on Tuesday night with the D.’s, and his wife, tonight had dinner with Dr. S. N. and his wife (party of 4, tbl. 22, served by N.). After dinner, on their way to the door, Dr. N. shook R.’s hand and commented: “Good stuff.”
G. went on an NBA-Jam-style (“He’s feeling it… he’s heating up… he’s on fire!!!”) sommelier spree, selling premium bottles of Champagne and wine at table after table. As we did not have Shaquille O’Neal join us on the floor, G. was tonight’s MVP.
Saturday is forecast to be partly cloudy with a high of 61F.