Eden’s Gate Restaurant & Catering, Georgetown
Chef Bobbi-Jo Maclean established Eden’s Gate Restaurant & Catering in her hometown of Georgetown in December 2011. The restaurant, based at the gateway to the town, greets residents and visitors as they come and go.
The aroma of home-style cooking welcomes everyone who enters the family-style restaurant. Framed works by local artists line the walls.
“We specialize in delicious home cooked meals made with local ingredients priced to fit anyone’s budget,” says Chef Bobbi-Jo. “In the Taste Our Island Award competition, we were voted one of the top PEI restaurants three times.
“We provide full catering services for birthday parties, weddings, special events, and provide nutritious meals for school breakfast programs.
“We also operate a seafood fish market where you can purchase local lobsters, scallops, bar clams, snow crab and other shellfish along with trout, salmon, sole, halibut, and haddock. We also sell home-cooked sauces to go with the seafood. There is a big demand for what the market offers.”
About the staff
“We are open year-round and offer a 40-hour work week to the 12 to 14 staff,” says Chef Bobbi- Jo. “About 50 percent of the staff lives within walking distance of the restaurant. The remainder of the staff live close by.
“This has been a good year for finding staff who want to work year round. In the past, staff preferred to be laid off in the fall. Our catering service picks up during the slower restaurant months in the winter, so I need staff willing to work year round.”
- Food and Beverage Servers
- Sous Chefs
- Errand Runner
Staff are also needed for snow removal, landscaping, gardening, and general maintenance.
“Our hiring needs increase during the Burger Love event in April. November through December is extremely busy with catering. Staff numbers double, which results in hiring more staff, especially Servers.
“We need more staff when events are happening at the King’s Playhouse, and on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and community events. If the Kings Playhouse parking lot is full, I know the restaurant parking lot will be full with customers. I advertise and sponsor the King’s Playhouse, so we support each other.”
Difficult jobs to fill
“The Chef and Sous Chef positions are the most difficult job to fill,” says Chef Bobbi-Jo.
On the job training
“The staff is trained for various duties and they assist with catering planning and menu planning, they help with social media marketing, and more. They like the diverse training and the chance to do more than one particular job.”
“I suggest anyone considering working in a restaurant for the first time to come and job shadow for a couple of days to see if they like it.”
Transferable skills that fit the company's needs
- Good communication skills
- First Aid training, WHMIS, Alcohol Server course
- Customer Service skills
How do you advertise positions?
Open positions are posted on Job Banks.
What is the hiring procedure?
Chef Bobbi-Jo does the interviewing and the hiring. She reviews resumés to determine qualifications and skill sets.
If a job seeker does not have a resumé, she will talk with the person about their qualifications and work experience to determine if they are a good worker and reliable.
How to apply
Contact Bobbi-Jo by email, drop by the restaurant, or telephone.
Wages and benefits
“I pay a good wage of $15 an hour plus tips,” says Chef Bobbi-Jo. “Every day, I serve a home-cooked meal to the staff. I offer a medical package, and all staff receive WHMIS, CPR, and First Aid training. ”
“It`s a fast-paced but very pleasant work environment. I treat my staff with respect to calmly resolve any staff issues.”
Best way to get your foot in the door
“Come by the restaurant and job shadow for the day to see if you would enjoy working with us.”
Three typical interview questions
- Is the position a stepping stone to a career you want to pursue?
- What jobs are you not comfortable doing?
- What expectations do you have of the boss?
When working for the company, what are the keys to successful employment?
“Show up for work on time, be able to work unsupervised, and take the initiative if something needs to be done.”
How to stand out during the hiring process
“I don’t mind creativity in clothing or hairstyle, but cleanliness is important.”
Future business plans
“I would like to expand the catering business with more dinner parties and other special celebrations.”
Chef Bobbi-Jo believes in supporting the community through volunteerism. The long list includes preparing and serving food for the Breakfast Club at the elementary school, and donating soup and sandwiches to local ceilidhs.
She also sends cinnamon rolls to the hospital, police station, and paramedics every other Sunday to thank them for their service. She also donates baskets of rolls to church functions, provides pancake breakfasts for fundraisers, and more. “I believe it`s very important to support the community.”
For more information about Eden’s Gate Restaurant & Catering and the Seafood Market, contact Chef Bobbi-Jo Maclean at 902-652-2772, or, email stevie7-5 @live.ca.
Visit www.edensgateinc.com or search Facebook.