Training Begins (It Feels Good to be Back)(6/15/19)

Today was my first training day at Eataly. Now I hoped that it would be a good, fun team, but to be honest with you, I wasn’t sure what to expect honestly. I got myself up by 7:20 this morning though, took a shower, got ready, and headed out to catch the 8:36 train, just to try and give myself as much time as possible to get to the restaurant; I did make sure to bobby pin my hair back as well, so I wouldn’t have to do that later. By the time I got to the restaurant and found my way to where the other servers were, the time was already hitting 3:30. I asked someone nearby who “Chernin” was, since that’s who was training me, and I was directed to a lady named Alex. Really fun and energetic person, who seemed very ready to rock and roll today. I was introduced to most of the serving staff who was there, and we chatted as we rolled some napkins, as the manager of the shift brought in donuts. (Aka, I ate a donut because hell yeah) After 30 minutes of being clocked in, we were given 30 minutes of break to get food, so I headed out with Alex and another server to Joe’s Pizza for some breakfast pizza because why not? On our way there, we passed by two fundraisers, not from DialogueDirect thank god, and I gotta be honest with you, I was fucking triggered. I got myself a slice of pepperoni and a slice of cheese, and brought it back with us to Eataly. As I ate my incredibly healthy breakfast, the manager had pre-shift, and broke down the special pasta we had on the menu. I even got to try it, which of course I love.

Before too long, the shift had begun and honestly, I can’t really tell you what I did. I followed Alex around, working on getting used to the menu and the system everyone uses to put in food. Later in the day I swiped cards and poured some beers, and started to feel myself a little bit. I do think it’s funny that one of the other workers came up to me, surprised by how energetic and friendly I am, since most new starts are more quiet and reserved. She said that she gave it a week, but I told her that after fundraising and dealing with New Yorkers, this is nothing. Towards the end of the shift, I was pulled away from Alex so I could try our food, to give me a better understanding of most things on the menu. I got to try all of the pastas, as well as some of the pizzas, and damn was it good (and filling). We ended the busy day closing out Alex’s checks, as well as do the closing side-work: aka polishing all the silverware and rolling all the napkins for the next service. I mean to be fair, unlike Emma’s Torch Eataly’s restaurant doesn’t close, so we just transferred our tables to the next server coming on to work. After everything was done, I headed home; happy with how I was feeling after today. I was exhausted, but I worked my ass off.

After taking a brief nap on the train, I got off and headed home, and before too long I was back in my room, just sitting down and relaxing for a while. Honestly, the rest of this night has been pretty quiet. I’ve just been watching YouTube videos. as well as looking over the menu a little bit and making myself dinner. As I made myself food, my friend Zoe called, and we chatted for a little while before she had to go. Tomorrow should hopefully be a tad slower, so Alex can show me more tips of using the software. I will say that I’ve realized, that if I work tomorrow, and have training Wednesday, and I work next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I am going to get zero sleep. Especially not when I’m also still working at DialogueDirect. Either way though, (I am definitely excited for this new chapter in my life, and of course having money again) Now I didn’t do a drawing tonight, but tomorrow I’ll make sure to do it once I get home. Hopefully. Now then, I am going to get changed and go to sleep, because it is 2:30 and I am literally falling asleep at my desk. Time to go to sleep. Goodnight everyone, and be ready for another busy day!

Best,

-Michael

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