The event itself was the big annual fundraiser for the zoo. Tickets were not cheap, ranging in price from $200-$3000. However, 2250 people were willing to pay the price for this big gala event. There were some big name sponsors plus around 75 restaurants, offering samples of their food. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to taste any of them which was so disappointing. Some chefs near us said we should just sneak off somewhere and eat their food. Instead, we were given pizza and soda before our shift. Neither are my favorite to eat, but this was my only option for the next 8 hours.
At the beginning of our shift, it was pretty slow. We were all just standing around, waiting for people to show up. The people at my station were just as nervous as me. We had all gone to the bartending school with the exception of 1 person. I think all of us had reviewed our recipe cards the night before, afraid we'd be asked some obscure drink to make. Luckily, this was not the case at all--it was mostly cocktails and easy highballs drinks--gin and tonic, vodka and cranberry (Cape Codder), rum and coke, etc. The entire night, I made only 2 whiskey sours and 1 margarita. A few people wanted Cosmos, but we weren't carrying all the ingredients for that drink.
Once we were busy, it was jammin' in there, and the time went by quickly. By the end of the night, there were more than a few people wasted (I think one guy asked me for at least 4 screwdrivers-vodka and orange juice), but all looked like they had a good time. Though no one was required to tip, we still had people who did which was nice. The bad part is that we have to split the tips, so overall with at least 20-30 of us, it won't be a lot.
All in all, I was pretty pleased with how everything went. It is too bad, because we (the bartenders) have been asked if we can do additional events for various picnics, parties, etc., but unfortunately, right now is about the worst time possible as I'm busy with a lot of other things. Otherwise, I'd be jumping on these opportunities. I will probably still do the ones I can, but still, it's like "where were you 2-3 months ago?"
Anyway, I think it was a good experience for me. I did however realize that I suck at uncorking wine bottles, so I was quite thankful for the guy beside who could do this well and promptly. So, those are the details of my first bartending gig. Once I got home--around 1:30am, I went straight to bed. I was hopeful to sleep in, but alas, that did not happen. I think the rest of the day is going to be a bit on the lazy side--chores around the house, catching up on some documentation work, etc.
Hope everyone has a good weekend!