The Waiter & Waitress and Waitstaff Training Handbook: A Complete Guide to the Proper Steps in Service for Food and Beverage Employees

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This training handbook was designed for use by all food service serving staff members. The guide covers every aspect of restaurant customer service for the positions of host, waiter or waitress, head waiter, captain, and bus person. The detailed performance of each position is described for different types of establishments, and all types of service including French, ...

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Overview

This training handbook was designed for use by all food service serving staff members. The guide covers every aspect of restaurant customer service for the positions of host, waiter or waitress, head waiter, captain, and bus person. The detailed performance of each position is described for different types of establishments, and all types of service including French, American, English, Russian, Family-Style and Banquet. It provides step-by-step instructions on:

• hosting
• seating guests
• taking/filling orders
• loading/unloading trays
• table side service
• setting an elegant table
• folding napkins
• centerpieces
• promoting specials
• promoting side orders
• handling problems
• difficult customers
• managing tips and taxes
• getting customers to order quickly
• handling questions
• handling the check and money

Plus, learn advanced serving techniques such as flambé and carving meats, fish, and fruits. It also features a chapter devoted exclusively to food safety and sanitation. Whether it's your first day on the job or you are a twenty year veteran you are bound to learn alot. Food service managers will find this book to be an excellent foundation for your organizations training program.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910627474
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/22/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 793,985
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    A Must for Anyone in the Restaurant Business

    This handbook in a must for anyone in the restaurant business - from the restaurateur to the staff. It covers every aspect of restaurant service such as: the basics of waiting on tables; table settings; menu knowledge; customer service troubleshooting; wine and liquors/beverage service; tips, taxes and the IRS; security and sanitation/hygiene and that's just to name a few! It is concise, useful and easy to read. Anyone in restaurant management should implement this manual into their training program as there are chapters devoted to the specific duties of each position in the restaurant service staff.

    The strength of this book lies in the idea that each restaurant employee in the service area is a "host" and the customer is their "guest" (as discussed in Chapter 3.) If you provide exceptional customer service and are knowledgeable about what your restaurant has to offer (from food to drinks) you will ensure a happy, loyal customer base that comes back again and again. This handbook teaches how to do just that - going the extra mile to provide the best service possible, even suggesting that you provide cameras for guests celebrating a special occasion and umbrellas should it be raining when they leave. It is this special attention to detail that makes this book excellent!

    Throughout the book there are photographs, illustrations/figures and helpful forms as well as Internet links offering additional information on topics discussed. The last chapter is like a bonus section of especially useful forms, posters, information and diagrams for restaurants taken from a book entitled "The Encyclopedia of Restaurant Forms" (Atlantic Publishing) which sounds like a good companion book to this one.

    If you are in the restaurant business or would like to learn more about what goes behind running a great restaurant (in terms of service) this book is for you. On an end note, part of the proceeds of the sale of this book go to The Humane Society of America, in memory of Bear, the book publisher's (Atlantic Publishing) beloved dog. It is always nice to know that by purchasing this book, you are also donating to a great cause and getting a noteworthy read in return.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    Easy to Use

    Opening a dining establishment is complex. There are many different things that need to be taken into consideration from food costs to training of employees. For those who have never had a restaurant before, the training of employees could be a little intimidating, especially when it comes to those who interact with the customers and whose service could make or break the business, the wait staff. This book takes the bewilderment out of hiring and training these very important people. The book is comprehensive and follows a logical pattern which eases the reader into the business almost effortlessly. It is an all inclusive book which details different jobs which make up the wait staff from hosting to bussing. Most of the book is centered on service of the tables though. It explains everything from how to set the table to presenting the check at the end of the meal. There is a special section on how to deal with the youngest of the customers as well as important issues which the customer does not see such as side work and dealing with customer complaints and the difficult customer. There are even tips on laws that regulate the industry such as alcohol and IRS laws. As with any other job in the restaurant, safety and sanitation is also a very important part. Taking the complexity out of hiring and training of these employees is bound to help everyone out.

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