One minute with Debbie Gomez, Southern Food Management catering

Debbie Gomez takes care of catering Fermilab events and works in the Wilson Hall cafeteria. Photo: Cindy Arnold

How long have you worked at Fermilab?
Ten years next month (April). It’s gone by fast.

Describe a typical workday.
I bake desserts, stock the cafeteria and work as a cashier. I’m also the one who prepares many of the catered meals at parties and meetings.

What’s the best part of your job?
I like catering. It’s something different every day, and I get to interact with so many people. I try to make sure everybody’s satisfied.

What’s your favorite event that you helped cater?
We cater the tornado seminar every year. We feed about 70 people — [meteorologist] Tom Skilling, the other presenters and the WGN crew — for a sit-down supper. We always talk with Tom. Last year we went backstage and got our photo taken with him. He’s a really, really nice guy.

When did you begin doing this type of work?
I started working as a cashier when my oldest kid was in first grade, and later I worked in the cafeteria of a Chicago-area business.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Watching my three grandkids. They’re 20 months, 13 years and 17 years old.

What’s something people may not know about you?
I’ve lived in the Chicago area since I was six months old.

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