Burning Questions

Artie Thompson reflects on his relationships with Roble and Jasmine.

Jul 25, 20130
Bravotv.com: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend! What were you thinking when you heard they were the clients?
Artie Thompson: I am a big fan of John Legend. I have been following for years. Chrissy, not so much. Lovely girl!

Bravotv.com: You seemed a bit checked out during the first meeting with Chrissy and John. What happened?
AT: I was still waiting to speak to Roble after he walked out on me from the last event, Deuces. I was trying to remain professional, yet concerned since we had not spoken. 

Bravotv.com: You and Roble had a talk where you realized you had to make the decision not to be the boss this time. What was that like for you?
AT: I had a Come to Jesus moment when I realized I do not have to fight this battle with Roble as I do have my own company, Artie's Events Inc., and I am the boss there. Ultimately, I am still running the show whether Roble agrees with me or not. I don't like it when Roble tries to rub it to my face that the company is called Roble & Co. I don't work for Roble -- I work with Roble. Roble is my client, not my boss. That's the difference! 
Bravotv.com: Things really came to a head when Roble told you how to arrange the tables in the room. Were you ready to give up at that point?
AT: Whether Roble wants the tables to the right or to the left, it does not make a difference. I am still pulling all the parties together. Bottom line: it is Roble & Co., not Artie's Events. At the end of the day, you try to tolerate your client as much as you can without jeopardizing the event. And truly, it did not matter to me how the tables were arranged. 

Bravotv.com: You really didn't seem to want Shawn dressed up as a crab. Did you have a different vision for the party?
AT: No -- I think that Shawn has been labeled the party favor a little too much, and he needs to find a different position in the company -- as a waiter, as a Captain, or whatever. I think it's time for Shawn to grow out of it and hold a more responsible role in the company. 

Bravotv.com: Jasmine seemed to be a peacekeeper this week, even though you two have had your problems this season. Was that helpful for you?
AT: Jasmine understood the communication problems I had with Roble as she has also gone through it. That was helpful to be able to get my frustrations out with her. I want everybody to know I have a very good relationship with Jasmine. We have difference of opinions, but I really do like her as a person. But, at the end of the day Jasmine is still Roble's sister, and she is going to side with him. 

Artie, I really really enjoyed watching you.  As a matter of fact I absolutely loved this show.  It's is Bravo's finest and MOST DECENT.  However, you my man are too funny.  I love you and your antics.  Enjoy the ride.


Artie you are not the BOSS deal with it.


You seem to be between a rock and a hard place sometimes.  Yet, you always manage to present with class and style.  I just hope Roble realizes that  is from hard work, talent, and experience.  I like how you lead Jasmine by dialing back on some of her crazier ideas.  She should take advantage of your skills and experience.  All in all, the whole group makes a good team.


That was a great call that Roble made for the layout of the tables at John's girlfriends birthday party. Family style always works for crab feast. 


Artie is right. 

The problem however that I see is communication Roble needs to have a talk with his sister and with Artie after the initial meeting to clearly define what is going to happen at each party and where

Artie and his sister Jasmine will come in. The dynamic of how the job that Artie and Jasmine work is going to change from customer to customer. Some customers will demand that you stay on task. Others will have the time to wait for a 40 min salad. Your customer's time is important.


I personally would not have wanted to wait for anyones 40 min salad no matter how good.... and if I am paying the bill, waiting that long for the salad would have been a deal breaker for me if not only the salad was not good, but everything else as well.  That being the case I feel that the desert error was a reflection of the timing and  lack of communication with the person making the desert.  But Artie may have wanted to wait till another time ... like the team meeting to discuss what went right and what went wrong. That is the only way you can remain GREAT/ EXCEPTIONAL at what you do.


The great thing is that Roble has a terrific team and if I could afford to have him cater my party I would hire him ..... but I am not waiting 40 min for a salad. :) Love you guys and wish you great success!