Catherine Stuck – Curtis Café Manager

issue 04 | winter 2019
Winter 2019 - Hill - Catherine Stuck

7:00 a.m.: Catherine Stuck’s day starts early—sometimes as early as 6:00 a.m.—when she can be found at her desk answering emails and updating menus for the day. Bon Appétit chefs have some leeway in food preparation, depending on what local food is available, so if a chef wants to create carmel apple French toast for breakfast at the last minute, Stuck’s all for it. 7:25 a.m.: Students can come in earlier for cereal and cold items, but hot breakfast is served starting at 7:30. Just before servers take their stations, Stuck makes sure everything is in place. 9:30 a.m.: The duty of replacing the Covered Bridge Creamery milk falls to any Curtis staff member who notices the crowd favorite running low. “The kids devour it,” says Stuck. “It’s like a milkshake. It’s ridiculous.” 10:20 a.m.: Though the café never closes between breakfast and lunch, Stuck likes to make sure the stations are just as stocked at 10:30 a.m. as they were at 7:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m.: The best part of Stuck’s day? After the rush. That’s when she gets to chat with her Curtis regulars, who keep her laughing. 2:30 p.m.: “I’m blessed,” says Stuck. “These students are incredible. They never cease to amaze me.”

Published December 2018
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