Fine Dining Etiquette for Servers

From customer service and sommeliers , to place settings and posture, there are many rules and standards that are expected to be followed when working in a formal dining environment. Though some of these etiquette practices may seem like common sense to some servers, such as smiling and being polite, others may be unfamiliar to new employees who aren’t used to working at formal restaurants or banquets. Though the rules may differentiate from place to place, these fine dining etiquette tips should serve as a basic guideline when providing patrons with the best meal, service, and atmosphere possible. Whether you’re serving dinner at a fine dining restaurant, wedding reception, or upscale event, these etiquette tips will help ensure you act professionally in any formal foodservice setting. Types of Table Service Depending on the event or meal being served, the type of table service will vary. Formal dining at restaurants will be different than at a buffet or catered wedding reception, but all service types aim to serve patrons quickly, efficiently, and with great care.  American - The most common style of restaurant service; Customers first choose options from a menu , and entrees are then cooked and plated in the kitchen before being served. Servers should u se descriptive adjectives when explaining menu items to patrons, and have extensive knowledge of different flavors found on the menu. Successful servers are able to anticipate when to bring items to the table before they are requested.  When serving a la carte, guests are given a menu and can choose pre-selected items, which works best in settings where there may be budget constraints, or when planning is required beforehand such as weddings. Family-Style - Guests serve themselves from large platters presented on the dinner table. Dishes and trays are then passed from the left to the right. Servers will generally be present for the beginning and end of the meal to set up and then clean up the table. Fren

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Your waiters have a lot of responsibility, so it’s important to give them the server supplies they need to perform their daily tasks more efficiently. Whether you operate a small diner or a white table cloth restaurant downtown, we have the products you need. Plus, almost every item we have is available in various styles, so you’re sure to find something that complements your establishment’s decor.

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