Monday, May 21, 2007

I Found Out Why You Don't Use a Chocolate Fountain Outdoors!

I knew you weren't supposed to use a chocolate fountain outdoors. There are several things that just don't mix with a chocolate fountain.

  • Bugs
  • Temperature
  • Wind
  • Rain

You probably already get the point right? Well I had a client hire me without specifically telling me I was supposed to set it up outdoors. I thought for sure I would be inside. I got there and they took me all through the building to then take me outside and show me the table. I stopped just inside the door and asked them if they were sure. When I explained to them why we don't use it outside, they insisted. Honestly I wanted to give them their money back and pack it all back up and leave, but they still insisted....

So even though I didn't want to do it, I gave in and set up outdoors. I got the chocolate melted, then I turned on the fountain. I wasn't sure how much wind was too much. Before I even got it running, the smallest little gust of wind came along and took the chocolate across the white table cloth and onto the bricks below and later I found out it even made it to the dipping items on the table too. I quickly jumped out of the way so I wouldn't be covered in chocolate all night long.

Because it was already getting cold out, I quickly cleaned off the tier set and got it put away before everyone came out for the dessert hour and live entertainment. I did explain to them the chocolate in the basin would stay melted and most of the issues we had to worry about were out of the way except for the rain that came later and then it was time for me to leave.

Trust me, I will never allow that to happen again. A lesson well learned. Now ALL clients no matter who they are, will be filling out my form and agreeing to the terms and conditions. Once they read it, I would hope they realize that those provisions are there for a reason.



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