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Mon 10 Apr 2006
Sakura Ginza Plaza, when you need food quick
Category : NUS
Not enough food. Two hours to spare, 100 people to feed, halal food. I am waiting for the press but am asked to help solve this. Sheesh, I eat from the same stall everyday and hardly go out to eat; what can I think of?
I ask and receive one or two inappropriate food suggestions or the chefs' gone home.
Still, I have three willing hands on standby, the very efficient Ladybird in too relaxed a mood in front of me, and my MacBook Pro.
A vague memory of a pleasant meal, a google search, a few phone calls later, we have Sakura Ginza Plaza on the line, willing and able to respond. Ladybird kicks into gear, orders seafood fried rice (40x), fried chicken bee hoon (40x), chicken spring roll, ngoh hiang and fried chicken wantan (all 80x).
My bank account was already exhausted from an earlier emergency - I had found and procured the specific gifts needed but was $415 poorer. So I shangai $300 cash from one person and $200 from another. Someone else provides the table and another secures a prep room. Very helpful all round.
Ladybird rounds up the troops and heads out. The food was ready in 45 minutes. She spends $331.80 on the food and $32.40 on garbage bags, mineral water, aluminum trays, plastic cutlery (rats!), paper plates (yaay!) and plastic tablecloth ( :-( ) all from the nearby Shop N' Save.
And there are also snacks already waiting provided by others.
Food arrives with plenty of time to spare. Prep room is very useful, tables are plied with food, hungry masses from our event and a neighbouring session (hey!) wolfs down the food. Rats I'm hungry now!
Toddycats don't do so well as passive bystanders. So just as well Ladybird got to be entertained.
Before I go home, I return $100 to one donor, so they are even at a $200 debit. I wave off a couple of sponge cakes but accept the bottle of mineral water; that's all that's left, no food wasted!
I'll thank them all tomorrow, including Sakura. Fastest catering I've done.