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Daily Archives: November 9, 2009

Good advice for waiters from SF food critic Michael Bauer

This is a nice little article that every waiter should read. It concerns reading the guest and not overwhelming them with information and personal details (unless it’s clear that the guest is looking for that sort of interaction). Bauer doesn’t offer any actual concrete advice about reading the guest, but realistically, it’s not an easy thing to teach.  It’s good for waiters to realize that learning to read the guest is one of the most important skills that you can absorb.

So read the article and start using your powers of observation to maximize your service. Always keep it in mind. Even very experienced waiters run the risk of misreading a guest, as I painfully found out myself not too long ago. It’s a skill with constantly moving goalposts.

Tony Bennett started his career as a singing waiter – from


“Legendary crooner TONY BENNETT started out his music career as a singing waiter in Depression-era New York City.
The singer, now 82, headed out to work at a young age to help his widowed mother support their family through the economic crisis”.

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The article points out that he had numerous jobs that he didn’t like until he got the job as a singing waiter. I’m sure that it was the singing part, but still…nice words about a job that some look down on.