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1. Never stop abruptly.

2. In a restaurant, as on the road, there is right-hand traffic. Always keep to the right.

Always move forward, never backward. You will soon learn that service is much easier this way. Moreover, you will appear more graceful and elegant. Wasted motions mean more work, and they are signs of inattentive­ness. Always think about what you are doing and plan ahead-make every move count. If you need a hand towel, carry it, neatly folded, over your left forearm.

Carrying plates, glassware, flatware, and other utensils

During service the right and left hands have distinct functions. The left hand carries while the right hand works. Flatware, glasses, cups, and the like are always carried on a tray, never in your hands. For safety and to prevent clattering, this tray should always be covered with a paper or cloth napkin. When bringing platters to the side table or guest table, always carry them with both hands. The hand towel should be draped lengthwise over the cloche so you can hold the platter on both ends. If several plates or serving dishes are carried at the same time, place them on the towel so they will not slide. Serving bowls and sauce boats are always placed on a small plate with a paper doily.

The Carrying of Plates

A Stack of Plates

A stack of plates is always carried with both hands. Wrap your hand towel around the plates so that you do not touch the plates with your bare hands. Do not hold the plates against your body.

One Plate

Always hold a plate between the thumb and index finger. Your thumb should be flat on the rim of the plate, pointing toward the rim, never into the plate. Hold the first plate between the thumb and index finger. The index finger is placed slightly behind the lower rim. Slide the second plate against the index finger and support it with the other fingers from beneath.

Two Plates, Held from Above

The first plate is held with the thumb and index finger. With that hand turned slightly upward, balance the second plate on the lower forearm and the ball of the thumb. Support the upper plate with the other fingers.

The clearing of plates

The basic technique is the same as carrying two plates from above. After picking up the first plate, arrange the flatware on it. The handle of the first fork is under your thumb; this will secure the remaining flat­ware. Then slide the knife in at a right angle under the fork. Now pick up the second plate with the flatware, and place the flatware on the first plate, fork beneath the thumb and knife below. The remaining plates are stacked on the second plate, while the flatware is arranged on the first plate. In an elegant service no more than four plates are cleared at once. Small food remnants on the plates can be pushed to the lower plate; be sure to turn away from the guest when doing this. When the plates contain a lot of leftovers, they must be scraped away from the table. Clear only two plates at a time and sort in the waiters' pantry.

Rules for service at the guest table

Women are usually served first. If it is an honorary dinner, of course, the guest of honor is served first. Otherwise, age and status of the guest determine the sequence, with older or more distinguished guests served first. The host is always served after his or her guests. When children are present at the table, serve them as quickly as possible to maintain peace.

Decide whether the following statements are true (T) or false (F).

  1. ________ These rules make employees more secure when delivering their services.
  2. ________Noisy employees create a relaxing environment where guests are enjoying their meals.
  3. ________ When delivering service employees have to use both the right and left hands for the same purpose such as carrying plates or cleaning leftovers.
  4. ________There must be paper or a napkin on a tray in order to prevent clattering from plates and glassware.
  5. ________ Waiters/Waitresses can use their fingers to touch plates if they always bring a towel with them.
  6. ________When holding a plate, waiters/waitress must place their thumbs on the rim of the plate and never put it into the middle of it.
  7. ________When there are leftovers on a plate, waiters/waitresses must let them sit there until customers ask them to clean.
  8. ________ Children should be served quickly because they may cause a fight if served late.

3. Vocabulary

Fill in the blanks with NO MORE THAN three words taken from the text.

Table service rules deal with both ________ practices and rules that employees have to take into account when working with ________. Despite appearing quite scary to some newly trained employees, these rules help service workers work more effectively and ________.

The first rule, which is about ________, emphasizes the attention employees are supposed to pay to when serving customers. They are required to ________ what they intend to do with their ________. The ________ and ________ hand rule is recommended while they are ________ plates, glassware and utensils. Employees are requested to handle everything with their ________, especially with their thumb and ________. ________ are served first if it is an honorary occasion. The other factors such as ________ and ________ are also considered at the guest table.

4. Speaking

Now discuss the following questions with your friends.

  1. What are other useful rules that you can add to the text?
  2. Do these rules make you feel more secure or less confident to deliver service at the guest table?
  3. Have you ever observed these rules being applied in a Vietnamese restaurant? Comment on your experience.

Section 3: do you remember?

1. What may customers say to comment? How do you response?

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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