You are only as good as your crew.
When we came aboard the Starship Geppetto’s we inherited a dedicated staff. They knew the food and service side of the restaurant inside and out. We had only ever been customers. A lifetime of experience in dining out had taught us what we liked in terms of cleanliness, food quality and service but we knew nothing about what it takes to run a restaurant. I can only imagine what they thought or what it must have felt like to see us coming. With faith as our guide we took the leap. Without mutual respect, a plethora of grace and a great deal of laughter we all might have killed each other early on. Like a family… we have grown together. We continue to learn from one another each and every day.
Marty and Eric, pictured here with Miss Oregon 2019, Shivali Kadam, are a couple of great sports. They have been through a lot as friends over the years and have held a great deal of responsibility here at the restaurant when it comes to our house made offerings. Marty, on the right, has about thirty years of Geppetto’s experience. He runs the pizza kitchen like a boss and can direct deliveries like no other because he knows the timing of our two kitchens well and Salem and Keizer like the back of his hand. Eric on the left has been with Geppetto’s for somewhere around thirteen years. He works both the line and pizza kitchen. He also, with the help of others, bears the majority of the weight when it comes to our house made sauces.
These two knuckleheads hold a special place in my heart. As 2020 would have it… they both happen to be having significant medical procedures on consecutive days this week. Our customers may have noticed some bumpy moments in the past few months as we trained new folks and filled gaps in absence. We are thankful to our customers for understanding as new staff members have come aboard and are working hard to learn our systems, processes and procedures. Thank you to those who have been patient when the curve is quite variable and sometimes steep.
I write this Geppetto’s Log today asking for good thoughts and prayers for Marty and Eric. COVID season is tough enough. Dealing with health issues in the midst of it just makes the weird more unbelievable. We pray for all who are suffering, especially now. We want Marty and Eric completely healed, healthy and strong, goofy as ever and back onboard as soon as possible.
We are but one family in this community. When one hurts… we all hurt. We advance in time and space… filled with hope and determination.
As tired as we might be of guidelines and mandates... we continue the quest... and stay the course. We are not as busy as we were when the first pause came around. Perhaps it’s the time of year and the fact that we have little or no holiday parties to cater. Who knows? Just another round of 2020 to navigate. Thanks to customers old and new, hotel partnerships and and gift card sales we are making it. We would love to keep folks on the clock... but are certain all understand... we are forced to close each day when we are slow. Outdoor dining is simply not a viable option for us. Although, it seems, short of a tent and heat lamps, we could just open the front door, turn the heat off and call it “outdoor dining.” (Written with a grin.) Know that we are here... keeping faith and continuing to provide our full menu for takeout and delivery.
Thanks to Miss Dorothy, for inspiring us all. She brought the spirit of Christmas to our home that is Geppetto’s. Stockings for each staff member will be hung tomorrow! Our delicious Cheeses of Nazareth pizza is being offered this month as well as veal cutlet prepared as you wish; Parmigiana, Piccata or Marsala. Take good care and support local. Strange days are these... but there is hope... not only hope... but assurance... that God is with us and in control. We remain... Geppetto’s.