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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

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
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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.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Akash Reply
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characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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