(Note: In yesterdays post I discussed why I feel it is beneficial to memorize orders. I will not recap to avoid redundancy, which itself if redundant in this post.) I am terrible with names. Not particularly good with faces either. I will forget three things every time I take a trip. I promise I will [...]
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(Note: This installment of the Designated Drinker first appeared in abbreviated form in the February 2010 issue of Tastebud Magazine. Full format versions of her articles appear periodically on this blog. Today it appears because I have spent the day hiking around Colorado. Ok, well mostly downtown Denver in flip flops. I can see the [...]
One of the biggest mysteries for newer servers is the world of cocktails. Most of us started out with a base knowledge of what jungle juice, Milwaukee’s Best, and Boone’s Farm taste like. The upper end cocktails and liquors however remain a mystery. For liquor questions I usually refer people to Teleburst’s blog. I wanted [...]
A brief break between shifts on a double today. I have worked exceptionally little over the last two weeks. This of course meant that it was too hot for anyone to sit on the patio this afternoon for my patio shift. A piece of Sockeye Salmon over a mushroom risotto with a white wine sauce [...]
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David Hayden was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He took his first serving job in 1996. Since that time, he has worked for over a dozen different restaurant companies. He has held both hourly and salaried positions at independent and corporate restaurants. He has waited on over 100,000 guests and trained hundreds of servers. He has been named "Best Server in Kansas City" the last three years by the local weekly paper.