COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A wedding, a party, a big event. Just because the gas is out doesn't mean these events stop. Caterers all over Lee and Collier County are scrambling to improvise how to keep these parties going, or loose out on the money.
"Literally didn't think about it, flipped the valve and no gas, we really have no gas."
Tastebuds of Naples owner Greg Shapiro didn't have time to get heated over the situation. Instead, he had to start thinking quickly because he has a party tomorrow with more than 50 people waiting to be fed.
Shapiro tells WINK News he's going to have to move his whole operation to his client's house.
"Salt, pepper, garlic, all your vegetables. I'm going to bring a blender and different appliances and things."
Everything from tongs and spatulas, to pots and pans must go. It wasn't until Shapiro started rattling off everything he needs that it struck him as a lot of work.
"I think it's going to be pretty heavy now that I'm thinking about it. It's a little nuts."
He also will have to switch from cooking in a speedy convection oven, to using his smoker, nearly doubling the time.
Although Shapiro believes it will cut into this bottom line he says the party must go on.
"You just jump in and you do what you have to do."