I used to work in an Italian-influenced restaurant, where I did everything from wash dishes to tend bar. The best part was a perk not typical of the industry: every employee could order a meal every shift. I’m not talking about a staff meal made up of walk-in clean-outs and smothered in cheese like you might have seen on tv (or experienced at your own jobs); I am talking about an individually prepared, whatever you want, delicious meal. My ticket usually said “dinner for Mary” – I knew I would love whatever the chef, Michael, would make for me. I was an omnivore then, and Michael loves to feed people who loved to eat. He featured local, fresh ingredients, and his specials reflected the unplanned arrival of morels or other unexpected deliveries.
Well, that restaurant closed a few years ago, and I’ve moved away and back. Michael recently opened a bistro. I was worried about walking in and asking for a gluten-free, vegan meal from someone who knew my love of all things edible. Much to my delight, I was served a gorgeous dish of sautéed peppers, eggplant, squash, artichokes and kalamata olives in a divine red sauce. It was a delicious blast from the past – thank you, Michael. Readers, if you are in Floyd, check out Mickey G’s, on route 8, 1 mile north of the stop light.