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Become A Caterer/Server

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Working As A Caterer/Server

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $19,250

    Average Salary

What Does A Caterer/Server Do At Aramark

* Reports to property on time and in proper uniform.
* Performs opening side work, and closing side work duties.
* Maintains hospitality area to ensure food quantities and cleanliness is maintained throughout event
* Sets-up, organizes, maintains, and closes the hospitality area ensuring that areas are stocked and cleaned.
* Maintains cleanliness of area at all times - clearing empty glassware, plates, etc.
* Communicates with guest and co-workers in a friendly and professional manner.
* Participates in proper sanitation and food handling procedures.
* Maintains full knowledge of service standards.
* Follows the Aramark Business Conduct Policy.
* Performs all other duties as assigned
* Previous catering or restaurant experience in a similar role preferred
* Must be TEAM certified or be able to obtain TEAM certification before first day of work (TEAM training is provided at the location)
* Ability to work successfully in a fast paced and interactive environment
* Must be at least 18 years of age
* Must be able to work a flexible schedule that includes days, nights, evenings, and weekends
* A background check is required for this position

What Does A Caterer/Server Do At Saint Louis Zoo

* The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking energetic, fun, professional, and service-oriented applicants in the Catering Operations office.
* Responsible for providing service for internal & external events and meetings.
* Reports directly to the Manager of Catering Operations.
* Includes working closely with members of the Sales, Event Services, and Catering offices and various other internal Zoo departments (i.e., security, food service and custodial services) to create a culture of hospitality and focused service to support the success of the Zoo and the needs of our clients.
* Must be able to communicate directly with guests and accommodate them effectively and politely.
* Attend pre-function meetings; complete set-up and breakdown according to event management documents; serve food and beverages; return supplies and equipment to proper storage areas.
* Keep and maintain a clean and organized work station and service areas.
* Assist in providing high quality service for events and meetings based on the standard operating procedures of the Catering Operations office.
* Work to support the Zoo’s mission and values.
* Perform other duties as needed

What Does A Caterer/Server Do At Sodexo Inc.

* Checks Catering ordering website, to review requested customer services to be delivered, food and services needed, dates and times.
* Organizes each delivery timely, setting up all non-perishable items needed in advance.
* Distributes needed food preparation requirements to each food department in advance.
* Delivers requested food and beverage to the delivery location, setting up all food and beverage in a professional appearance and logical manner, ensuring all condiments and service ware are available as needed.
* Ensures all services are cleaned up at the end of the meeting or requested pick-up time.
* Ensures availability of any specialty linen, china and rental needs in advance.
* Maintains organization of all daily and weekly services and associated needs, and communications with customers.
* Maintains a clean and organized working environment and professional appearance.
* Finalizes catering invoices and billing pertaining to delivered services.
* May serve as a point of contact for the customers, booking catering, answering questions and potential planning for future service needs.
* May assist with stocking food inventory.
* May carry and distribute supplies and equipment.
* May assist others in the preparation of foods and properly store food.
* May be asked to respond to complaints regarding food or service.
* May operate dishwasher or assist with washing dishes, glassware, silverware, utensils, pots and pans.
* Attends all allergy and foodborne illness in-service training.
* Complies with all Sodexo HACCP policies and procedures.
* Reports all accidents and injuries in a timely manner.
* Complies with all company safety and risk management policies and procedures.
* Participates in regular safety meetings, safety training and hazard assessments.
* Attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated.
* May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

What Does A Caterer/Server Do At Hobart and William Smith Colleges

* Catering servers needed for catering events on campus.
* Benefits include a very flexible schedule (you only have to work events that fit into your schedule) and a free meal when working

What Does A Caterer/Server Do At American Food & Vending

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How To Become A Caterer/Server

Most waiter and waitress jobs are entry level, and workers learn through short-term on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required to enter the occupation.

Most states require workers who serve alcoholic beverages to be at least 18 years of age, but some states require servers to be older. Waiters and waitresses who serve alcohol must be familiar with state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Education

No formal education is required to become a waiter or waitress.

Training

Most waiters and waitresses learn their skills through short-term on-the-job-training, usually lasting a few weeks. Trainees typically work with an experienced waiter or waitress, who teaches them basic serving techniques.

Some full-service restaurants provide new employees with some form of classroom training that alternates with periods of on-the-job work experience. These training programs communicate the operating philosophy of the restaurant, help new servers establish a rapport with other staff, teach serving techniques, and instill a desire to work as a team. They also discuss customer service situations and the proper ways to handle unpleasant circumstances or unruly customers.

Training for waiters and waitresses in establishments that serve alcohol typically involves learning state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate the training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Waiters and waitresses must listen carefully to customers’ specific requests, ask questions, and relay the information to the kitchen staff, so that orders are prepared to the customers’ satisfaction.

Customer-service skills. Waiters and waitresses spend most of their work time serving customers. They should be friendly and polite and be able to develop a rapport with customers.

Detail oriented. Waiters and waitresses must record customers’ orders accurately. They need be able to recall the details of each order and match the food or drink orders to the correct customers.

Interpersonal skills. Waiters and waitresses should be courteous, tactful, and attentive as they deal with customers in all circumstances to resolve any issues that arise.

Physical stamina. Waiters and waitresses spend hours on their feet carrying heavy trays, dishes, and drinks.

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Top Skills for A Caterer/Server

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Top Caterer/Server Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Kitchen
  3. Banquet Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain excellent customer service skills and also bartend during events.
  • Communicate effectively with kitchen staff regarding customer allergies, dietary needs, and other special requests.
  • Provided banquet services in team environment which included parking, inventory counts, food service, sales, and cooking assistance.
  • Organize food and beverage service to lessen time spent and please guests.
  • Learned incredible time management skills that were required for an event to flow smoothly as well as basic food preparation.

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