I think we’re going to be getting frozen leftovers for lunch today

There are a few times a year when a large fraction of employees are out on vacation at the same time, such as a single work day wedged between a holiday and a weekend (as happened this year on July 5). The most extreme case of this is the week between the Christmas holiday and New Year's Day, where the offices are practically empty. On these days of low demand, many services are scaled back and some choose to close entirely so that they can do inventory, perform routine maintenance, or upgrade equipment.

One of the most visible service reductions is in food service. Smaller locations (such as snack bars) are closed, and the kitchens which remain open offer a reduced menu. But just because most people are on vacation doesn't mean that nobody is watching. Here's a menu from one kitchen that was posted almost exactly one year ago:

Breakfast Roberts Waffles
Breakfast Burrito
Warm Tortilla filled with Scrambled Egg, Golden Hash Browns, Onion Green Chiles, Monterey Jack Cheese and Salsa.
Today's Soups Clam Chowder
Tomato Basil Bisque
Exhibition Station Closed for Holiday
Shanghai Shanghai
Greek Potato Salad
A delicious blend of potatoes, tomatoes, red onions, flavored with mustard, parsley, dill seed, mint and lemon juice.
Wild Greens Grill and Greens
Chef's Table Station Closed for Holiday
Pizza Specialty Pizza by the Slice
Deli Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Panini
Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Panini
Spcied [sic] Cranberry Turkey Salad Served on a Flaky Crossaint [sic]
Entrée Check Freezer
Grill Tuna Melt
Steak Frites
Comments (10)
  1. Adam Rosenfield says:

    Are Roberts Waffles waffles made out of people with the last name of Roberts?

  2. @Adam Rosenfield

    "Waffle" is also a verb, so "Roberts waffles" is a complete sentence; perhaps an aspersion on the semantic density of the utterings of a well-known televangelist?

  3. Anon says:


    "This doesn't seem all that amusing a story… just a cafeteria menHA"

  4. ErikF says:

    @Adam Rosenfield: Perhaps the Dread Pirate Roberts makes them? Also, it looks like they ran out of all their spices and only have basil left; fortunately they had the good sense not to stick it in all their dishes.

  5. mph says:

    I believe "Crossain't" is a brand of knockoff pastry, along the same lines as "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!".

  6. cheong00 says:

    Anyone offer this year's menu so we can "spot the differences"? :P

  7. A says:

    > such as a single work day wedged between a holiday and a weekend

    Known as a "klämdag" (squeeze day) in Swedish.

  8. Vermicious Knid says:

    I'll have you know my wife makes the best Check Freezer! Lightly frosted, with a hint of ginger and honey… A perfect compliment to a warm side of Station Closed for Holiday.


  9. David Ruttka says:

    A friend and I went down to our café yesterday. The silence was crushing, and the choices were uninspiring. We called an audible and went out for gyros.

  10. Yuri says:

    My psychic sense tells me that the lady in charge of the menu took her vacation and handed these instructions to the lady in charge of the menu during the holidays.

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