One of the keys to successful cooking is knowing how to shop and as Ive mentioned before, we love to shop at Price Chopper on Upper Glen Street in Queensbury. So while we had the chance to cook for Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir when he recently played at the Palace Theatre in Albany we did it with an extra air of gusto. Weve also been doing a lot of private parties lately and we had one the day after Weirs show so it was even more challenging to make sure our grocery lists were in order. List one: the usual stuff; List two: Bob Weir; List three: Mrs. Andersons father-in-laws 80th birthday party.
Youll usually find me shopping with my trusty assistant, Paul Levitsky, a.k.a. Paulie T. Paulies job is to make the experience fun, because the only time we can break free is during the graveyard shift midnight to 3 a.m. and that can be a lonely time to shop. But the fun of it all is that we have the huge store to ourselves save for what we have come to know as the P.C. groupies; all the single young ladies who know that we shop at that time and come to shop as well in hopes that they might pick up some handy tips from a couple of seasoned pros. (Although some people say that this observation is just my crazy imagination running wild!).
Friday at midnight - Bob Weirs manager emails the menu choices for the 21 members of Weirs crew, which include the band, roadies, engineers and drivers. We need to make a great impression and almost every dish is different. We have less than 24 hours to buy the food, prepare it and deliver it to the busses after the bands performance. After that, we need to prepare a birthday lunch for another 20 of our most treasured clients who will arrive early afternoon on Sunday. The pressure is on.