So before we bid farewell to the year 2010, I want to share one of our last project before we took a holiday break. This is my last post for this year and the longest for this year.
We’ve got this project for Christmas celebration from one of church in North Jakarta area, so the theme must be Christmas related. The quantity was quite daunting at first because we never had so many order before this but I was sure that we could pull this off. So this is it, 120 (one hundred and twenty) assorted Christmas theme kyaraben boxes.
I made one sample before we went all out but the Mickey Claus design was scrapped and the four chosen characters were Winnie the Pooh, Pororo, Hello Kitty, and Doraemon, but we still using the same bento filling.
So it’s 30 (thirty) each for all characters. I decided to finish one character at one time rather than cut them all and then assembled all of them on the same time. The first to go was Pooh since I thought he’s the easiest one and we had done so many Pooh before, the only difference was this time he got a Santa hat.
After we finished Pooh then the next one was Hello Kitty. This was the 7th version Hello Kitty kyaraben that I’ve made so far and I think there will be more of her in the future. While this version looks simple but in reality there’s so many little details that we must put to make one complete character; 4 (four) yellow button, a pair of collar, and of course those 6 (six) whiskers :S. But the final result was quite adorable and I think that no one ever did this version before.
The third character we cut was Pororo. I took the design from the basic Pororo I’ve made before and added the Santa suit for him. And the last but not least was Doraemon with a Santa hat like Pooh. So I made 2 (two) full body characters and 2 (two) head only characters. We finished cutting and assembling all those pasta characters on time, no late night assembling this time.
On the delivery day, with all the help we hired and some volunteers, the whole team consist of 7 (seven) people working all out to finish the job, it’s like in the real restaurant kitchen, we’ve got two cooks, two preparer, two finisher, and one dishwasher, so it’s quite a breeze since we usually didn’t have enough assistant. We finished all 120 of those boxes around 5 hours.
God, I wish that I can have six assistants all the time, we can make roughly 500 bento boxes each week then. I think that we’ve ready to face that kind of amount next year. There’s so many new things that I want to do also for next year, like giving kyaraben courses to others and maybe writing a book about kyaraben beside expanding mymealbox into a reputable caterer in town.
So I want to thank you all for your support all this year and we will meet again next year with a new hope and rejuvenate spirit to live our lives and face any challenges. God bless us all ^_^