Meet Elodie! As a valued member of our Catering Office Team for the past two years, Elodie brings her genuine heart of service to our guests and fellow Team Members alike. In honor of Mother’s Day this week, we’re thrilled to share a little more about who Elodie is for us and her family.
It was very evident when I spontaneously popped in to visit the Catering Office that Elodie, with the phone ringing off the hook in the background, made a point to welcome and wish me a good morning. Her cheerful attitude and eagerness to live out the “Happy to Serve” mantra is incredibly contagious and sincerely appreciated by those around her.
After sitting down with Elodie, I discovered that this mother to Dylan (7) and Audrey (2), wife and dedicated member of the STONEFIRE Grill family is extremely busy, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Team Member: As a very busy mother and business woman – how would you describe your time in both roles?
Elodie Barnes: At work, I am in a fast-paced environment, meeting deadlines all day and assisting guests in planning various events, both large and small. Once I leave the office, I am still busy, but in a different way. I am room mom for my son’s class, team mom for my son’s baseball team, and always running after my 2 year-old girl, who is currently potty training. My evenings are busy with cooking dinner, helping with homework and extra activities for both the kids. I wear many different hats, and all of them keep me busy, fulfilled and happy.
TM: What has given you the most joy as a mother?
EB: The greatest joy is watching my kids grow up everyday and becoming their own individual person. It is fun to watch the characteristics that they pick up from their parents. My daughter is a mini me – very outgoing and talkative. With my son, he turns more mature and handsome everyday and is just like his dad. I also love hearing my kids laugh! They are so happy and innocent, and the sound of a child’s laughter is priceless!
TM: Tell us a funny “guess what my kid did” story about Dylan or Audrey.
EB: Last week, my 2 year-old took a blue crayon and drew all over the big screen TV and floor. Not sure how to get it off the TV, but the screen looks cracked. I mentioned it before, but my daughter is potty training…enough said.
TM: If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go and why?
EB: I would go to Barbados. I read a book as a child, and it has always seemed like a mystically tropical island that is enticing.
TM: What is your favorite thing about the STONEFIRE Culture?
EB: That we have fun at work! We have a great Team atmosphere, and we thrive both individually and as a whole.
TM: Do you have any recipes committed to memory that you learned from your mom?
EB: Crepes, a traditional French snack. Add a little jam or Nutella and you have a delicious treat.
TM: What is one piece of advice you learned from your mom?
EB: Always stay true to yourself and follow your heart.