Saturday, September 4, 2010
The Plate of String
My brother, Paul joined me for a meal at a local restaurant, Aquitaine. We sat outside - perfect weather - savoring a meal together. The food was superb and the service was great - no, actually it was stellar.
The waiter checked in and asked, "Gentlemen, how is everything?"
Paul answered, "We just need a piece of string. This meal is so perfect we're floating away."
The waiter made a compliant nod and disappeared.
He returned a few minutes later with what looked like a delicate pasta dish.
It was a plate of string.
He quietly placed it between us and asked, "Is there anything else I can do for you at this moment?"
No, there was nothing else he could do. He had used his creativity to "wow" us - but in an elegant and subtle way. Simply stellar.