Saturday, May 20, 2006

Julia's bread

It was 1995, and I was working at a hot LA restaurant. It's closed now, as so many "super hot" restaurants eventually do. I was the opening waiter and so I had to prep the dining room before the others arrived. I didn't mind, this meant I was first off and I preferred that. (tips were pooled anyway) This particular restaurant also had one of the first "artisinal" bakeries, a concept that has since become ubiquitous. One day, I was daydreaming and polishing wine glasses when I heard someone clear their throat behind me on the other side of the room. You know, the kind of throat clearing that really means, "Hey, butthead!" And so I turned to see a hooded female figure with sunglasses and grey sweatpants standing at the bakery counter. There was no one at the counter. My first flash of irritation. I looked to the kitchen to catch someone's eye. Nobody. Hot angry flashes. Now, it wasn't my responsibilty to man the bakery and yet I was the only visible human in the place, and so I had no choice. Happy, I was not. I let out a very big sigh and put down my glass and cloth brusquely. I walked around the counter and behind the bar to the little bakery counter and looked at the girl and said, "What can I get you." Icy would work for my tone of voice. "I'd like the cranberry oatmeal bread. And could you slice it for me too?" said Julia Roberts from behind the sunglasses.

Gulp.

And I set right to work getting the bread, oh my god, it's Julia Roberts, I have to tell someone, but who? I looked around and still saw none of my colleagues. I took the loaf to the back to put it through the bread cutting machine and there was nobody around. (Later, I would discover that everyone was out looking at the chef's new car which he had just purchased.) Nobody at all and I brought back Julia's bread and she paid, smiled and said thank you. My heart was all aflutter. She really is nice! Nobody is going to believe me.

As soon as she left, I ran in the back to tell everyone the news. People were reluctant to believe me. But true, true it was.

(Thanks Peter for the inspiration today.)

13 comments:

CoffeeDog said...

I saw Marcia Cross in the LA airport, of course she didn't ask me to serve her bread, but I would have if she asked!

Snooze said...

It's good to read that some celebrities can be nice in real life as well. I love the fact that no one was there to witness your brush with fame - I would have been scanning for others too.

Rebekah said...

Cranberry Oatmeal Bread sounds very good right now...

Think I might have to go do some baking.

Sunshine said...

Oh my god, you were SO lucky!! I love Julia Roberts. :D

t said...

Wow, talk about being in the right place at the right time!
Wow!
They probably all figured you made it up, thinking you were irritated because you were virtually left there alone to run the place!

IDigHootchAndCootch said...

oh I can believe that you saw her. I just cant wrap my head around the fact that you said she was "nice".

nongirlfriend said...

Well, thank God some of the Hollywood types are still nice. I'm sure there's a majority of them who aren't.

dirk.mancuso said...

Julia Roberts.

Wow.

My closest brush with celebrity was Angie Dickinson at LAX.

Yeah, she's all that.

GayProf said...

But true, true it was.

Okay, Yoda. ;-)

It's good to know she is nice, but her efforts to gobble up lots of land in New Mexico make me nervous about her.

Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

I never recognize celebrities. Well I recognized Babs Streisand by her nose, and Julia R by her height, but Al Pacino, he was just a swarthy little latin guy.

Chunks said...

I've never had a real brush with a celebrity, but that is so cool that you did! And Julia is probably really nice in her real life. Did you ever encounter anyone who was rotten? What does Cranberry Oatmeal bread taste like? Is it good?

Patricia said...

now that would've just made my day. the pretty woman, up close and personal and buying bread. how fun!

Donna said...

it was a rainy day. we were busy,lunch rush type of stuff. someone said, "hey, want to see keith richards?" I said, "sure". he said, "turn around". and there he was. and i waited on him. and it was good.