If You Ask Me...
Thursday, February 22, 2001
TINA WALSH, MARINA
One Minor Point
Two or three months ago, there was a fine review in the Weekly of Fifi''s restaurant in Pacific Grove, which is an attractive, warm place with excellent food. However, there was one surprising omission which comes to my mind whenever I pass Fifi''s.
Luis Vasquez, the chef, was never mentioned in the review. No matter who chose or created the menu, it is Luis who now produces the wonderful dishes. Mr. Vasquez was not a cook in his native Mexico, and he has learned and grown at Fifi''s over a number of years.
Credit is due to Fifi''s management for recognizing and training a competent worker and also to Vasquez, who has risen in the restaurant hierarchy and is also a fine, honest man who has raised a family here and contributes to the community. (He is a modest, gentle man as well, so I hope my recognition doesn''t embarrass him.)
My general point, of course, is that in any business, while the owner is in charge, the work could not be done without the employees. Cooking is highly skilled and tiring work.
Honor labor! And treat all workers as they deserve to be treated--as contributing members of society.
JUNE MALAMENT, PACIFIC GROVE
Woody G. in the House
Last night, while trying to find my way out of the Woody Guthrie exhibit at Steinbeck Center after having been locked in by accident, I spied another lost soul: Woody G.
Alive as you and me!
"This here''s a pretty good show," said he. "And true, too, which is one hell of a lot more than I can say for some of its sponsors. The Monterey Herald! Going on four years, they''ve been stonewalling union contract negotiations. And now they take credit for me! So let''s all go over there together and stomp our feet and play our music and sing our song louder and louder until we lay the Herald as low as Jericho."
Then Woody told me to write you and say: Come on, Herald. Sign those union contracts.
RICHARD MILLER, PACIFIC GROVE
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