Mackerel: Tell us about your most disappointing and most satisfying ANDSOFORTH shenanigans.
ASF: People who don’t know who or what we are turn up because a friend or colleague buys them tickets. So, their expectations are all over the place and they sometimes leave confused about what they feel they should have gotten out of the event. Which is sad because seats are limited and there are always others who actually want to be there but just can’t get tickets. On the up side, customers tell us what a fantastic time they had and how they wish for us do another one soon and that we should never stop creating ANDSOFORTH stories. It is extremely heartwarming.
Mackerel: What is your biggest challenge? Finding a suitable venue? Engaging a decent chef?
ASF: Venue is and will always be the biggest challenge, simply because a space needs to meet certain criteria before we can consider it and sometimes the rental can be a killer. So, we take our time to hunt for spaces. A chef willing to take on the challenge is also hard to find. Feeding 80 people a 3-4 course meal a night where some have really specific dietary requirements is no easy feat. But, when we do find one, they (the chef and his/her team) usually bring on their A game and work their hardest, often improving as they go.