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Mattison’s Mobile Serves Florida Power and Light After Hurricane Wilma, 2005
Sunday morning, October 30, 2005. Chef Paul Mattison receives a call from Florida Power and Light asking if Mattison’s Catering Company can make breakfast, lunch and dinner for 1,500 FPL crew members and executives in south Florida… the next day! Even with the short notice and disaster conditions Hurricane Wilma left behind, Chef Paul Mattison jumped at the opportunity.
“Monday morning’s breakfast was a little unconventional,” he says. “We put together what we could; muffins and coffee. I think we also offered hummus and toasted pita bread, which made a great topping for our scrambled eggs. By the next day, though, we were completely set up and functioning like a restaurant and catering facility, except we were in a tent in the Panther Arena parking lot.”
More than 2.55 million FPL clients lived without electricity in the wake of Wilma; Chef Paul Mattison and his 15-man crew were no exception. Generators provided by Mattison’s powered all of the equipment and lights inside the kitchen tent. They used three refrigerated tractor-trailers to keep all the food fresh.
Menus ranged from barbeque ribs, herb roasted chicken, hot wings andhomemade pizza to roasted prime rib with horseradish cream sauce, mojo marinated pork tenderloin, marinated shrimp skewers and Mattison’s House salad. For “Grille Night,” Chef Paul Mattison flame-broiled steak, lamb, chicken and pork chops. “Italian Night” brought out traditional favorites like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs and garlic bread.
In the end, Mattison’s Catering Company prepared and served roughly 5,000 meals a day for two weeks. That’s close to 63,000 helpings of breakfast, lunch and dinner with less than 24-hours notice.
“It was truly an amazing feat. I am so proud of my staff and CateringCompany who were able to put something like this together in such a short period of time. To have been part of this serious effort to restore power to so many FPL homes and business is indeed a good feeling.”
Of course, Chef Paul Mattison didn’t stop at high-quality food. He added his signature flair to the operation to make it more than just a meal. A giant plasma TV put the men and women of FPL back in touch with news reports and NFL football games. Live jazz music from the Sarasota-area Gumbo Boogie Band lifted their spirits. Most importantly, the “always willing to help” attitude of the Mattison’s Catering Company staff transformed what could have been a traumatic situation into an enjoyable one.
By 3 p.m., Saturday, November 12th, the Panther parking lot was completely clear. Chef Paul Mattison’s team packed up the tents, tables, chairs and every piece of mobile kitchen equipment they used in the fast-paced two weeks. All they left behind was hope for the thousands of Floridians putting their life back together after the storm.
“There were over 17,000 people working together in many differentcapacities. The teamwork, energy and effort by the FPL team, its support staff and all of those involved were so inspiring to me and my staff. I have a renewed respect for the value of true teamwork.”