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Pampered Chef: Do you eat at your shows

  1. Triciascucina

    Triciascucina Member

    Just wondering if you eat at the show after the demo is done.
    Apr 18, 2009
  2. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    Generally speaking, I don't. I'm usually too busy working/talking to people. I do grab something to drink, though.
    Apr 18, 2009
  3. maassl

    maassl Guest

    It depends on how many guest and what is around. I usually don't eat, too busy like Rae said. I usually bring water with me because I am usually thirsty more than hungry.
    Apr 18, 2009
  4. peachey

    peachey Member Gold Member

    It really depends. Somtimes the guests are having such a good time talking with each other that it slows down enough to grab something. There are times when checkout takes a while because there is a lag between people. Great time to eat and drink!
    Apr 18, 2009
  5. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    I only eat if the host offers me something. I usually bring a bottle of water with me, or ask the host if I could have a cup of water if I forget. Most times hosts don't offer me the food. I feel funny serving myself up some when they bought the ingredients and it was intended for their guests. If it's a new recipe though, and everyone has had some, I might ask the host if she wouldn't mind I take a little sample to see how it turned out.

    If it's a friend's show, and I didn't have time to eat, I would probably ask if it would be okay for me to grab a little bite of it.
    Apr 18, 2009
  6. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    I can count on one hand the times I've eaten at shows - and those were all exceptions because it was friends and families.

    I always take a drink if it's offered, but mostly when I'm asked I request a glass of water.

    I always eat with my family before I head out for shows, and I don't want to eat again at my shows. Plus, I am talking/cleaning up/answering questions/helping with orders/packing up and don't really have time to eat.
    Apr 18, 2009
  7. chefcharity

    chefcharity Advanced Member

    I agree with everything Becky just said. Also, I don't eat at work. I look at this as a buisness and not just a hobby. So, I try to be as professional (while still being fun of course) as possible. I also Never, never, never eat at booths or fairs. In either case, if I cannot make it 4 hours without a snack - I'm hurting! LOL I would hate for a guest or potential guest/host/recruit to approach me with a big mouth of Chicken Lasagna in it!

    A beverage - that is ok. We talk a lot! Just my opinion, though! :)
    Apr 18, 2009
  8. PCJenni

    PCJenni Veteran Member

    no, I do the ticket game while everyone is eating so no time... would rather be recruiting!
    Apr 18, 2009
  9. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

    I don't eat either. And I usually bring a bottle of water. If the host offers me something I say no and joke that I would weigh 500 pounds if I ate at every show. If they actually bring me a plate I may nibble but don't eat it.

    Now if it is for family I will eat after everybody is gone!
    Apr 18, 2009
  10. candiejayne

    candiejayne Veteran Member

    I have a show next weekend, its a couples show, and we are doing a sit down dinner. I'm bringing my BF with me, and we are going to be eating too. Normally I don't take more than a couple bites, just to see how it turned out.

    I think my biggest thing with this show coming up, is that, the couple is the type to get offended if you don't drink at their functions. They know I will drink, but I'm not sure that I can have a drink and still be able to concentrate LOL! I'm trying to figure out how to nicely refuse, atleast until after the presentation is over.
    Apr 18, 2009
  11. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member


    ^^^I do this.
    Apr 18, 2009
  12. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

    I have when the host was one of my close friends. But normally I do not eat at the shows. I'll grab a bite at the house before I go so I won't be hungry. Then I can concentrate on answering questions, checkout, etc.
    Apr 18, 2009
  13. chefshawna

    chefshawna Advanced Member Gold Member

    I'm like everyone else on this one, I typically don't eat. I have only eaten at a couple shows and they were for my sister and my best friend. I have had hosts bring me food and I'll nibble, but I don't eat a full plate.
    Apr 18, 2009
  14. twinchefs

    twinchefs Advanced Member Gold Member

    I don't eat at my shows. But I always have something to drink.
    Apr 18, 2009
  15. rennea

    rennea Legacy Member Gold Member

    I as well do not eat at shows.
    Apr 18, 2009
  16. IAmChefJ

    IAmChefJ Member

    I would very lightly chuckle "I can't drink on the job!"

    I don't eat either, even though 90% of my shows are people I know. Last thing I want is to smile at someone and have food stuck in my teeth!
    Apr 18, 2009
  17. Robynchefcanada

    Robynchefcanada Member

    OMGoodness.. I have never unless it was at my sister's and almost everyone is gone.... I have had and been to MANY other parties and the "consultant" ALWAYS helps themselves which I find weird and kinda rude (especially when I don't offer)Maybe I'm rude for not offering but I dont think it's "professional"... We are cooking for them and their friends. If you want to try something then you should make it at home before you go.
  18. Triciascucina

    Triciascucina Member

    Thanks for all the responses, I have only eaten at a friends show once and felt funny. yesterday my host made so much other food then the recipe I made and offered me a plate. I politely said no thank you. I do feel funny when they ask me to eat too.
  19. legacypc46

    legacypc46 Senior Member Gold Member

    I think it depends on the relationship you have with your hosts and guests. I'd say I eat at about a quarter to a third of my shows, but these are ones where the camaraderie is genuine, the host and guests insist, and the whole 'judging of the consultant' thing is absent (I try to avoid those circles). [Of course, my eating usually consists of a few bites inbetween taking orders!]
    Apr 19, 2009
  20. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

    At yesterday's show I ate, because only one guest showed up, and it was obvious she was enjoying herself and not planning to leave soon, so it was sit down and try the Fresh Pineapple Salsa and visit, or make everyone feel I was rushing them by cleaning up, then sitting in another room at my computer looking bored. The right decision was made, because another guest arrived while I was doing the clean-up. How would it have looked if everything had been packed up and I was ready to go? She would have figured she was too late, and not bothered placing an order.

    I guess the first guest wasn't too offended by me eating with them - she booked a show for June! However, after all that is said, I, too, normally don't eat at shows. It usually doesn't even occur to me during the show, because I'm so busy.
  21. Koolotus

    Koolotus Advanced Member

    SImilar to what Leggy said.

    I do have to add that one of the girls on my team told me that she thought it was good that I sat down like a regular person and ate with them. (Not exact quote, but I digress)
    She had made this AWESOME looking trifle (she waqs the host) and I gushed over it when we first started, so when she dug into it of course I said yes!

    It really does depend on the crowd. I think my gals point was that I didn't seem disconnected from the party.
    Apr 19, 2009
  22. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member


    She what the host?
    Apr 20, 2009
  23. chezshelly

    chezshelly Advanced Member Gold Member

    I don't ever eat at my shows either. I like to make sure I am available to all the guests and would feel really strange if someone asked me a question and I had a big mouth full of food. I feel more professional not eating and I enjoy watching everyone else enjoy the recipe.
    Apr 20, 2009
  24. I will sometimes just taste what I cooked after everyone tried it. As far as a glass of wine, if offered I will have a glass. It helps me relax:) Most of the hostess and even the guests will say come on your at a party. So heck why not.
    Apr 20, 2009
  25. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

    I always thought I wouldn't eat, but then I met a very persistent host. I served up a few bites on a plate (mostly to appease her).
  26. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    I'm diabetic, so I'm pretty careful about what I eat and when. This helps me out when a host gets really persistent.
    Apr 21, 2009
  27. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

    OMG, I feel like a hog. I can't believe no one else eats. I never thought of NOT tasting what I've made. Sometimes I don't eat anything if I'm really busy, but I usually eat something while waiting for people to come in with their orders, or if I am at the counter chatting about the recipes.

    I usually seem to serve the guests what I've created for them and never have given it a thought about being rude if I don't dish up a bit for myself. Now you have all made me think.

    Am I the only one here that does this??
    Apr 21, 2009
  28. Koolotus

    Koolotus Advanced Member

    ahem....that WAS supposed to say was.:D
    Apr 21, 2009
  29. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    Gotcha. Generally I can figure those little typos out. If I had to make a guess, it would have been "was," but there were just too many possibilities with this one.
    Apr 21, 2009
  30. chefHLM

    chefHLM Member

    I generally don't eat at my shows. I would feel weird, but that's just me. I have eaten at shows where I know everyone there and I'm done checking everyone out, cleaning, etc. But that's only if they tell me to stick around to hang out for awhile. My very first show was for my sister and her friends and they refused to let me check them out or do any dishes until I sat down, ate, and talked for a bit...none of them was in any hurry to get home. LOL
    Apr 21, 2009
  31. Koolotus

    Koolotus Advanced Member

    I stumped ya, hooray for me!!!! :D:love:
    Apr 22, 2009
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