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Restaurant 101: Sections

In a restaurant, either directly or in passing, you may have heard “that’s not my section,” (or “that’s MY section” depending on the nature of the conversation). Sections are exactly what they sound like; each server in the dining room is assigned an group of tables in the dining room. […]

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Hospitality @ Home: Buffet Set Up

With Turkey Day around the corner, here are some things to help you serve up your buffet with ease and style. 1. How many people will be at your party? More than 10 people, and you’ll want to be sure that you set your buffet so it can operate from […]

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Restaurant 101: Carrying Plates

Here’s another tip from serving school: how to carry multiple plates. This is just the basic 2-3-4 plate carries. I am deeply in awe of diner servers in fast-paced joints that can stack seven chicken-fried steak dinners, but I know that skill can only come from years of experience with […]

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Restaurant 101: carrying glasses

Before holiday party season reaches its peak, I wanted to share a few tips on how to carry multiple glasses in one hand. This video shows you how to carry glasses whether they are empty or full. These skills can help you carry four highballs away from the open bar […]

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Restaurant 101: Maitre’ d

Maitre d’ (May-truh dee) From the French maitre d’ hotel, which means, essentially, ‘Master of the House.’ Typically this title is unisex, applying to men or women in the position, as the feminized “Mistress of the house” has, *ahem*, un-egalitarian connotations. In the restaurant, the ‘House’ has two sides; the […]