"The soup of the day is going to be beef noodle. The vegetable of the day is steamed cauliflower," says the sweet Southern voice. There's nothing too unusual about that. What is unusual is what comes next, her singing a song in her charming off-tune way with made-up lyrics, and the fact that up to 50,000 people a month from all over the country call a phone number just to hear her talk about the lunch menu at a place they will never eat. Oh, and to wish them a beautiful day.
After an article about Sharon Al-Doost (also known as the Lunch Lady) appeared on the front page of the Washington Post in 1998, the calls increased to 50,000 a month. Sharon went on to be covered in NY Times Magazine , People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and she also appeared on the Rosie O'Donnell Show. There is even a Lunch Lady fan club in San Francisco. One year thousands of visitors to New York City heard her recording of "The Night Before Christmas" at the Christmas display in the window of Bloomingdale's. The creative director was a big fan.
Sharon no longer records the menu for the U.S. Geological Survey, but still records the menu each morning for one of her fans who owns a hospital in California.
You can read more about The Lunch Lady at www.lunchlady.com or call and hear it for yourself by phoning 510-351-7654.
[ via Matt Penning ]