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  • A Black Fly in My Chardonnay

    A Black Fly in My Chardonnay

    I recently passed the Introductory Course Sommelier Exam, which was a pretty exciting feat, and one which I was shocked to have accomplished. The test and the two-day wine class...

  • When Cocktails Become Cocky

    When Cocktails Become Cocky

    The Craft Cocktail Culture As Tales of the Cocktail 2015 is kicking off this week, New Orleans will soon be inundated with people in the cocktail biz coming to take part in the...

  • In the Weeds

    In the Weeds

    There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
    She had so many children, she didn't know what to do;
    She gave them some...

  • Too Good to be True

    Too Good to be True

    Table Tales and other BS from the Service Industry   At the restaurant where I work, we were recently asked to brush up on the “Rules of Service”. ...

  • Wake Up and Sell the Coffee

    Wake Up and Sell the Coffee

    Every time somebody orders coffee from me, a little piece of my soul dies.  And even worse, hot tea.  Like daggers through my heart. I have never cared much for...

  • Banana Hands

    Banana Hands

    There’s nothing like listening to a chef rattle off a string of demands in his own special dialect.  As in, “Pick up 31.  I got three soups all day, and 86...

  • Be Our Guest

    Be Our Guest

     Being in the service industry, our job is to serve guests.  Obviously.  We are in the business of taking care of people.  But guests are funny creatures. ...

  • Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

    Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

    I have a friend who tends to refer to me as a waitress, and I am continuously correcting him.  I’m not really a waitress.  We don’t use that term...