Chef Patricia Wenckus
At Mission Restaurant Supply we have a lot of love for our customers. Every individual in our company is dedicated to our community and to each other. That’s why we decided that we wanted to feature chefs around the country that we have had the honor of getting to know on a personal level and that we believe have truly influenced the foodservice industry in a very positive way. These individuals are pioneers in the kitchen and beyond. They are not only determined to deliver an incredible experience, but also dedicated to the well being of their guests and staff.
AUGUST 2010 Chef Feature Chef Patricia Wenckus Auden’s Kitchen
At first glance, Auden’s Kitchen doesn’t seem like the kind of restaurant that would be known for its fried chicken and home-style cooking. Although the original intention was for it to be the “neighborhood restaurant”, the décor and atmosphere hardly compare to the neighborhood spots that we’re most accustomed to. But what an upgrade to home-style cooking! For a very reasonable price you can enjoy delicious food that is paired with one of their many specialty beers or incredible wines.
“Guests are often surprised at how affordable our menu is. The prices are super competitive,” stated Wenckus. Bruce Auden, also owner of the well-known Biga on the Banks in downtown San Antonio, wanted to open a more affordable venue that was also family friendly to the Stone Oak area. He brought in Patricia Wenckus, who once had a lead role at Biga, to run the restaurant and write up the menu for Auden’s Kitchen. Although Wenckus has more than 10 years of restaurant experience and has worked in fine dining venues across the country, she feels at home at Auden’s Kitchen. She told us, “I like to make food that reminds me of home. I’ve looked back at a lot of my mom’s recipes and just changed them around a little bit.”
Chef Wenckus continues to modify her recipes for Auden’s Kitchen to fit customers’ requests. “The most important part of my job is making sure that the food is good and that both the clientele and staff are happy,” stated Wenckus, “Everything else will fall into place.” She also mentioned that the best piece of advice she ever received was simply to ‘make it happen’. Wenckus let us know that you just have to focus on the end goal and that excuses don’t fly. There is always some way to make do and to make things work out for the best. “Always speak up, give ideas, and make sure that everyone’s input counts. There really has to be creativity and input throughout the entire staff.”
If you would like to visit Auden’s Kitchen or learn more about the venue, please visit their site at:
http://www.audenskitchen.com/ or call 210.494.0070
Thank you to Chef Wenckus and her amazing team for their time and efforts.
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