I had the rarest of rare things happen to me today, one of those things that just inspires me. Someone asked my opinion. Not the normal, where do you want to go to dinner? How do you want your steak? What do you think the government should do about regulating carbon emissions when they have to compete against those that don’t regulate? I was asked; get this, “what do you think of this spicy mett wrap?” Hello, ego boost.
Honestly, before I stepped foot in that restaurant I didn’t have an opinion of any spicy mett wrap, much less this one. I do now. The owner of this fine establishment was taste testing new recipes with what looked to be like his inner circle. My family and I just happened in to the restaurant at the right time. We have been in there before and we keep coming back. That should say something. Generally, that says it is a family friendly sort of place that doesn’t cost too much. But over the course of about a month and a half it has shown itself to be not only family friendly but also quite tasty. Well Pee Wee, the owner, comes up to the table and asks if I would like to try his wrap, made with a gourmet Mettwurst and a variety of other condiments. Unsolicited, he tells me his costs and price point and then asks me to try it and tell me what I thought. How could I resist?
Krista and I tried the wrap, it was good. We then conversed about it for a few minutes. We figured out what we liked and disliked and a solution for Mid-East peace. Unfortunately, no one asked out solution for Mid-East peace. I was asked my opinion of a spicy mett wrap, which I freely gave.
To begin my assessment I needed a pen and paper. The back of a kids menu will do. I began my list of questions and opinions. Yes, it was awesome. No, the cheese wasn’t needed. Carmelized onions are a must. Can it be made cheaper and as yummy (technical word)? Have you done a taste test between the cheaper and more expensive gourmet mettwurst? How much of a commitment is it to put it on the menu? Will it draw in new customers? Keep older customers? Or just give the customers another option? Will this option result in as much revenue?
Pee Wee listened and nodded his head, eye contact the whole nine yards. Things were going so well I offered some unsolicited advice, “have spicy goetta as an option for your goetta balls.” He was receptive. We spoke for a few minutes. He seemed to catalog my opinion. Then, then he made me really happy. Pee Wee took my list, my crappy little list written on the back of a kids menu. He folded it up, put it in his pocket and made me really feel like he valued my opinion.
Now the only thing I have to worry about is my daughter asking why I gave away the picture she drew for me.