By Alison Rooney
Christine Kaufmann and Eileen Lahey have worked together behind the counter at The Main Course in Cold Spring for the past decade.
Can you tell in advance what someone is going to order?
Eileen: Most of our customers come in here all the time, so we don’t even bother to ask.
Christine: If we don’t know, I know the questions to ask to help them figure it out. We have a lady who arranged for her physical therapy to be done in Cold Spring just so she could stop here.
What scone do you wish more people would try?
Eileen and Christine (in unison): Key lime ginger!
Christine: Also, the raisin pecan. People don’t know it because we don’t have it that often. Those two, definitely.
What’s the longest anyone has taken to order?
Eileen: It can go 10 minutes.
Christine: It’s because our entrées and sides change each day. We hear a lot of “You gotta give me a minute.”
How do you stay sane, working so closely and on your feet all day?
Christine: You learn the dance.
Eileen: You come to know each other. And we have good shoes: I wear Keens and she wears Columbia. Plus, we have padded mats.
What’s the oddest question you’ve been asked?
Eileen: I use the word hence a lot, as in, “Yes, there’s chicken in it, hence the name Chicken Caesar.”
Christine: Some of the questions are … [trails off]. But we don’t shame people. We just bring things to their attention.