“The Applebee’s of Software Development” – I Actually Know How To Cook

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I can tell when the gauntlet has been thrown down. This is part of the SEP Blog Battle.

Shortly after I started dating Sally, I took her out to dinner for her birthday. I said she could go wherever she wanted. She wanted to go to Applebee’s. Really? Are you sure? I meant where ever, even St. Elmo’s. Okay, Applebee’s it is.

We have eaten at Applebee’s often since, and while it is comfy and familiar, I have a theory that their cooks aren’t actually cooks. Okay, that’s kinda snotty. Their cooks aren’t chefs. They are line cooks that mix frozen and prepared meals until warm and tasty. I kinda see them as a slightly more professional version of me dumping a frozen bag of ‘dinner for two’. It’s the little things like, “we are out of the mozzarella sticks,” or, “we will only have the pecan chicken salad until we run out of what’s in the freezer,” or the fact the food never looks like it does in the picture (the menu has pictures?). This style of cooking lacks creativity. There is no room for interpretation. In a either a small family place, or a high end restauraunt, the chef can alter the menue based on what’s in season. By the way, have you ever noticed that the seasonal veggies are always broccoli and squash in places like Applebee’s?

Now, let’s take a look at fortune 500 IT departments. Some of the fourtune 500 have advanced tech groups doing amazing custom things to change the world. Those aren’t the IT staff I’m talking about. I’m talking about the guy who was asked to write a quick desktop app to let catering know who’s flying today and this week and what they need to have stocked in the galley. that’s the guy who knows how to wire a web service to a data grid and call it a day.

That’s not why I’m here. People come to SEP to make a solution tailored to their needs. You come to SEP because your in-house IT would make your application show up on the programmer version of There, I Fixed It. I may use off the shelf components, but you want me adding a dash here and there because, quite frankly, I know this “kitchen” better than you and THAT is why you came to see us and not your own IT staff for this development project.

I love to cook and bake. Often, it is how I get exactly what I want. I also eat at a lot of chains, fast and casual dining both. But I adore the chance to eat food prepared with care by someone with an opinion. In software, that is why I’m here. For food near Indy, may I recommend the following; Zest, St Elmo’s, la Mie Emilie, Bazbeaux’s, Yats, The Loft at Trader’s Point, Pizzology, and Bub’s.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Derek Plote  •  Oct 17, 2011 @2:13 pm

    Not to grade you guys, but I shall now grade you. Your post is winning the Applebee’s topic thus far!

    And now I’m hungry for Mozzarella Sticks.

  2. Matt Moseng  •  Oct 18, 2011 @10:00 am

    May I also suggest Mesh on Mass Ave as another good restaurant in Indy. I was impressed when we went.

  3. Ball  •  Oct 18, 2011 @1:26 pm

    Thanks for the tip!

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