End of month for a Chef’s Wife

I’ve started dreading the end of the month. In particular, October was really difficult. Not just because the end of month was Halloween! My favorite holiday, as I may have mentioned here before. But more of a “Really? Again? It’s the end of the month again???”

See, as other Chef’s wives/husbands/partners/sig others can attest, the end of the month is filled with all kinds of last-minute goals trying to be met. Inventory needs to be done, labor needs to be cut, overtime needs to be watched, the pantry/cooler needs to operate on bare bones until the 1st of the next month kicks in and big orders can be placed again without killing the numbers. All this needs to be done while fully operating a kitchen (in my chef’s case, in a huge high-volume restaurant) and keeping bellies happy across the Atlanta area.

Well, there is one belly (and spouse) that is not happy. Mine! I know this is all a necessary evil of working and managing a successful kitchen and lord knows, my husband is awesome at doing just that. But each month it sneaks up on me and I start getting the inevitable calls on the 28th, 29th, 30th … you know the call – “It’s going to be late, gotta cut labor,” “it’s going to be late, I need to do my numbers and we’ve been slammed today,” “don’t wait up, I have inventory tonight,” all calls/texts I receive most every month.

Sometimes we can plan for a reprieve (like we will this month for Thanksgiving) but it takes a lot of extra work on the part of my Chef husband and will it ever really be done to his liking/satisfaction if he’s not doing it? Usually, the answer is no.

Does anyone else find themselves dreading the end of the month as much as I do? Aren’t we on our own enough without adding this new obstacle to our day-to-day routine? Please! Share your thoughts and tricks for getting through those last days of the month in the comments.

Yours in the trenches,

Claudia

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4 thoughts on “End of month for a Chef’s Wife

  1. Awww hon! I feel for you. We’ve been there. Many events missed because of late nights. Many nights that Chef Baby slept in office because we worked together. Your second to last paragraph says it all.. they will never be happy if they’re not in control. Hang in there. It doesn’t get better. It only becomes more tolerable

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    • Thank you so much for that. Sometimes its just nice to know we are not alone. Thankfully i am in a different industry that allows me to be home for dinner every night and bedtime snuggles for my 2 and 4 year olds.

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  2. Of course you are not alone. I don’t know that I notice the end of the month so much as my husband’s current restaurant does weekly inventory and he track numbers daily to make sure stays on track for labor (as much as possible). But the fact that salaried chefs have to work longer to help their labor budgets is hard. 😦 Hang in there!!

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