Dilemma: deciding between spending time with family, including my newborn son, or... make some sweet catering cash. I have been asked if I'd like to cater for seven hours (2 p.m. to 9 p.m.) on Christmas. Holiday hourly pay would be fifty dollars an hour. That's a minimum of $350, which is high for one job. The chances of a sweet tip are strong if past holiday gigs are telling.
Restaurant work guarantees having to work on every holiday. I don't miss that. Catering has been a pick and choose matter for me since I have various clients. Yes, I worked on Father's Day this year, but I haven't worked on Thanksgiving or Christmas in ages. It seems like it'd be insulting and hurtful to my folks.
Our family's special holiday meal this year is on Christmas Eve, when my chef brother finishes work at the Claremont Resort. We're making turducken, mashed potatoes, collard greens with red bell peppers, sweet rolls, ice cream, cookies and chocolate. There will of course be a platter or two of pate, cheese, meats, and other snacky delights. So, if I cater on Christmas day, I'll miss some tasty leftovers. I think I'll pass on working on Christmas, but it is tempting.