National Waitstaff Day
Just for a minute, think about all the people who serve you food and drinks: the barista that remembers just how you like your incredibly complicated coffee drink, the waiter at the sandwich spot who helps sort out all your large group’s orders, the bartender who serves your gin and tonic with a side of English distillery history. Now put yourself in their hopefully very comfortable shoes. Yep, that’s what we thought — on May 21, National Waitstaff Day, let’s turn the tables, and serve these special people a super-sized helping of our appreciation.
NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY ACTIVITIES
1.Go out to eat
Some people go out to eat every day and some dine out only on special occasions. Whichever camp you fall in, National Waitstaff Day is a fabulous day to hang up your apron and head to a restaurant. Hit up your neighborhood hang or try a new bistro, but kick back, relax, and appreciate being waited on by professionals.
Most waiters and waitresses are salaried at or even below, minimum wage. They rely on tips to augment their salaries to livable wages. A tip for good service is approximately 20% of the pre-tax bill. If you’ve had exceptional service, feel free to tip 25%. A tip lets the server know how much you valued their service.
3.Compliment your server
Although the tip ultimately lets your waiter or waitress know that you valued their work, a kind word is always appreciated! If they’ve gone out of their way to keep your drinks full, accommodate special requests, make recommendations for the meal, and did it all with cheery goodwill, be sure to say thank you and let them know you appreciated their care and attention to detail. After all, good manners don’t cost anything and it’s always nice to feel as though doing your best work is valued.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY
A.They help us relax
The whole point of going out to eat is to enjoy good food, a nice atmosphere, and the ability to relax without dishes you’ll have to set, clear, or wash. Your contact person in the restaurant is your waiter or waitress, and they are happy to do all the work for you! They let us relax and have a pleasurable experience.
B.They know what’s best
Waiters and waitresses have tried all the food, heard previous customers’ reviews, and are experts on the restaurant. They know the best dishes, and wine pairings, and are full of helpful recommendations to make your meal one to remember.
C.Because we all want to go where everybody knows your name
If you’ve found the perfect combination of tasty food, a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and professional service, becoming a regular and making that restaurant your neighborhood hangout is one of the best feelings in the world. Develop a relationship with the waitstaff, and they will guide you to the best foods on the menu — and steer you away from the dishes the chef has yet to perfect. We all love the feeling of being greeted by name with a cheery smile, and waiters and waitresses deliver.
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