Farewell at Fortwilliam

 Recently we catered a farewell lunch at a Presbyterian church, not in Scotland (though look out for a post next weekend about that), but in the Fortwilliam area of North Belfast. It celebrated the wonderful ministry of Rev. Lesley Carroll.

Recently we catered a farewell lunch at a Presbyterian church, not in Scotland (though look out for a post next weekend about that), but in the Fortwilliam area of North Belfast. It celebrated the wonderful ministry of Rev. Lesley Carroll.

 No-one knows the full depth and breadth of Lesley's ministry. She has been there for the last fifteen years or so, doing an amazing job in the church, and also in the building up of cross-community links in that corner of the city. Her vision embraced the broader political and the international communities on the church's doorstep.

No-one knows the full depth and breadth of Lesley's ministry. She has been there for the last fifteen years or so, doing an amazing job in the church, and also in the building up of cross-community links in that corner of the city. Her vision embraced the broader political and the international communities on the church's doorstep.

 Lesley's work was one of welcome to all, whether long-standing residents or refugees, promoting peace and reconciliation on that doorstep. Her efforts were huge.

Lesley's work was one of welcome to all, whether long-standing residents or refugees, promoting peace and reconciliation on that doorstep. Her efforts were huge.

 As we set up, served, and cleared away I found myself thinking about that relationship between the work that is seen and celebrated, and the work that is unseen and yet essential. Like the work of Lesley Carroll, catering is not all about the finished result, the array of successful outcomes. It too is about the hard work that goes on in the background.

As we set up, served, and cleared away I found myself thinking about that relationship between the work that is seen and celebrated, and the work that is unseen and yet essential. Like the work of Lesley Carroll, catering is not all about the finished result, the array of successful outcomes. It too is about the hard work that goes on in the background.

 The aim for us is to keep things looking seamless. Delicious and beautiful food, friendly and attentive service, promoting perhaps an idea that life is always like that, or can be at least for this short time!

The aim for us is to keep things looking seamless. Delicious and beautiful food, friendly and attentive service, promoting perhaps an idea that life is always like that, or can be at least for this short time!

 We don't want our guests to see the chaos, see the dishes being done! So here is a brief glimpse of the duck's swimming legs beneath the smooth waters! Hard work and consistent efforts, in the firm belief that the end result will be worth it all. At faredos we wish you food, fellowship and peace. Behind the scenes, well, that's another story!

We don't want our guests to see the chaos, see the dishes being done! So here is a brief glimpse of the duck's swimming legs beneath the smooth waters! Hard work and consistent efforts, in the firm belief that the end result will be worth it all. At faredos we wish you food, fellowship and peace. Behind the scenes, well, that's another story!

Posted on May 14, 2017 .