FOOD SERVER - A Day In The Life Of A Waiter Or Waitress
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A Day in the Life of a Waiter or Waitress
Let's imagine you've been hired as a member of the waitstaff at your local bistro. You have the 5 PM to 11 PM shift. What do you do?
A pre-shift employee meal is served, usually at a discount, but you have to arrive before your shift to take advantage of it.
Be in your full serving uniform. Head to the staff meeting, where you'll learn the evening's specials, your table section assignment, and the “86 list” (what the restaurant is out of).
Start your premial (pronounced PREE-mee-ul) work, which is just fancy talk for making sure all of the tables in your section are set and have condiment dispensers that are full and clean.
Wait on your first table of the evening.
Kitchen closes. Start your sidework (post-shift) work, which is the reverse of your premial work. Clean coffee machines and tables. Be considerate and leave a clean section for the next day's first shift.
Cash out—that is, collect your money and tips.