Wednesday, July 7, 2010

ESSDACK serves up McAlister's to Happy Math Teachers!

Many times when people visit ESSDACK for meetings or workshops there is a requirement for food to be served. That is what we are noted for here at ESSDACK, chocolate bars and hot cookies at 2pm in the afternoon. (Oh, and of course the Educational Professional Development!) Sometimes there is a need for a lunch for those attending.

Recently the IMU Math Grant attendees were at our facility for two weeks, requiring meals each day they were here. What a fun group of people! But it's always a challenge to try and satisfy a group of eaters. Some are picky, some are grateful, all are satisfied after they are fed.

One of the choices during the two week training was a delivery from McAlister's Deli in West Wichita, Kansas. It was probably the most talked about meal of the entire two weeks. I called McAlister's and was greeted on the phone by a nice fellow by the name of Mike. What a helpful voice on the phone! Mike answered many questions I had about the catering menu I was reading from and suggested some items my group might be interested in for their lunch.

The item I picked to feed a group of 50 people was the Spud Max Bar. Baked potatoes with all the trimmings. Ham, turkey, cheese, sour cream, butter, green onions, bacon and olives were delivered with huge, hot baked potatoes for the math teachers lunch. You could tell as they passed through the lunch line they were impressed. They asked where the food was from and when I told them they said they were for sure going to eat at McAlister's on their next trip to Wichita.

McAlister's is a deli located in Wichita, Kansas. Hutchinson where our office is located is 40 miles from their door BUT the delivery to Hutchinson was FREE! I couldn't believe it! What customer service! What were they thinking? Hutchinson establishments charge a fee for delivery from right here in town.

I was so pleased with McAlister's I ordered another lunch from them. This time three Club Sandwich Trays with wraps, croissants and chips another crowd pleaser! At the time of that order Mike informed me the delivery price was going to be starting in July. Sometimes things are just to good to last. I will probably use them for more deliveries even with the charge applied. When you get good good food delivered to your office door and employees like Mike to help you, that my friends, is priceless!

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