THE TRADITION OF PB&J
Every evening starting at 10 o’clock, Le Pavillon hotel
invites her guests to congregate in the lobby for a little
taste of home.
For years, it has been the tradition of our hotel to serve
freshly made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches alongside
ice cold milk and piping hot chocolate to our overnight guests.
The history of this long-standing custom can be traced back
to a rather unique evening a long time ago.
A guest checked into the hotel, arriving after a very long
journey. He situated his belongings in his room and then retired
to the lounge for a nightcap. When the guest simply ordered
a tall glass of milk, the bar keep inquired as to his peculiar
choice of drink. He began telling him about his family back
home, and how since he was away from them so often, they began
silly rituals that they would do at the same time every evening.
His young daughter was partial to a late night snack of PB&J
and milk at the kitchen table. Although he regretted that
none of the hotels could provide him with the homemade treat
they so often enjoyed, he would still make a point to order
his glass of milk to share with his daughter miles away.
As fate would have it, the bar keep on duty that night was
actually the hotel's General Manager, who was substituting
for one of his employee’s who had left early due to
a last minute family emergency. Intrigued with the guests
story and wanting to make his stay extra special, the General
Manager asked the late night kitchen staff if they happened
to have the necessary ingredients to whip up the nostalgic
sandwich. Sure enough, within minutes, the guest was presented
with the one item that could complete his nightly ritual of
an evening snack with his daughter hundreds of miles away...
a freshly made peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Before long,
word spread throughout the lounge and almost everyone wanted
a PB&J sandwich too! Touched by the situation and seeing
how much everyone was enjoying their snacks, a tradition began.
Ever since that late night long ago on September 10th, 1988,
the hotel has continued the tradition at 10 o'clock p.m. each
and every night.