Meet Sam

This week’s staff spotlight is near and dear to my heart.  We focus in on Sam.  Normally I head up to the pub to do these interviews, but she’s my kid, so we sat down before school one day to chat a bit…


Quick Facts:
Name: Samantha (Sam) Heugel
Age: 16 (17 in August!)
Position: Busperson
Birthplace: Saratoga Springs, NY
Favorite WHBC Beer Drink: Agua
Favorite WHBC Food: I love the chefs’ specials
Education: Smithfield High, Isle of Wight Academy

WHBC: Hi Sam. It’s nice to meet you 😉
Sam: Hi mom.
WHBC: So, you were born in NY.  How did you get here?
S: Well, when a mom and a dad love each other very much… haha.  Seriously though, we are a military family.  We moved from New York to Virginia, then I lived in Missouri with my grandparents after my parents’ divorce for a couple months, then with my mom and stepdad in Washington, then back here to Virginia!
WHBC: Do you hope to stay here?
S: For the most part right now.  I’d like to move to an island somewhere to live and learn their cuisine.
WHBC: How did you come to work here?
S: My mom’s friend told her there was an opening.  So I came in and applied in October.
WHBC: Why here?
S: I want to learn all aspects of the restaurant industry because it will help me in my future. I HOPE to start cooking here some this summer.  Wink, wink, Dave!!
WHBC: How will this help you in the future?
S: My plan when I graduate is to go to school for business, while learning how to cook and run a restaurant.  One day I’d like to be a chef with my own place.  I feel like I’d want to have a farm to table style restaurant that serves fresh, healthy, tropical cuisine.
WHBC: That sounds like a great plan!  Do your parents approve?!
S: {laughing} I don’t know, do they?
{aside}: yes.
WHBC: You want to live on an island?  Do you travel?  What’s your favorite place?
S: So far, my favorites are Jamaica and Spain.  Jamaica for the weather, beaches, and food.  Spain because I can speak the language and it was cool to talk to people.
WHBC: Cool.  So you’ve been at WHBC for about 6 months.  What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you so far while working?
S: Haha!  The night I face planted in front of the whole kitchen, then not even ten minutes later I dropped an entire tray of silverware.  It sounded like loud, metallic thunder throughout the whole restaurant because the place was pretty quiet.
WHBC: When things get super crazy here, how do you manage? When Murphy’s Law takes hold, what do you do?
S: I just fill in and do the little stuff; fill sauces, fold napkins, that kind of thing.  So those don’t run out.  I pre-bus and bus as soon as customers are done so it moves things along.  I help the servers if they need me.  I think if I can do the little stuff to help things keep moving, it makes everything easier for everyone working.
WHBC: What is your favorite thing about working here?
S: We’re like a family.  Even though I’m one of the youngest, my coworkers include me and appreciate me for the person I am.  Everyone seems to get along with everyone else.  It’s great.
WHBC: So when you’re done working, what do you do for fun?
S: Well, I don’t really hang out with people outside of school too much for some reason, except my coworkers.  I like to longboard, draw, surf, and play ukelele.
WHBC: What is your favorite song to play?
S: I don’t have a favorite song, but my favorite bands to play songs from are Ballyhoo and the Dirty Heads.
WHBC: One last question before you have to leave.  I heard your mom is pretty cool.  Is this true?
S: No.  No it’s not.
{aside}: She really does think I’m cool, but can’t admit that for a couple more years…
WHBC: Okay, an actual last question.  If you could live another life as anything/anyone else, alive or inanimate, what would you be?
S: I would be a flower.  They’re beautiful and don’t have to worry about anything or anyone else.  They just do their own thing and bloom!
WHBC: Right on.  Thanks Sammer!
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