National Waitstaff Day:
Recognizing the dedication and talent of the waitstaff who have the power to change the dining experience, we celebrate National Waitstaff Day on the 21st of May every year.
|2023||21st May||Sunday||United States|
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Related: Other National Days Celebrated on May 21st:
Why National Waitstaff Day?
When we step out to eat, we expect to have good food in a nice atmosphere, relax and find comfort in the food and company. This dream is only possible when you have a waitstaff with attention to detail and the right attitude serving you. Waitstaff knows the best recommendations for every customer and they act as a communicator between the customers and the kitchen staff. They wait patiently, explain diligently, and make sure that you have the best dining experience. This is why we need to celebrate these people and we do that on this day every year.
How can we celebrate National Waitstaff Day?
- The best way to appreciate the waitstaff is to show them you care and this is the day to do that. You can go out and eat at your favorite restaurant. This is an occasion that demands you to get out of your homes and try the food of professional chefs. It can be a scenic bistro or a fine dining experience. You can hang out with your loved ones, be waited on by the professional servers, and appreciate them for the service.
- If you do not already know, the waitstaff is paid the bare minimum wage. They rely heavily on the tips from customers for the additional income and today is the day to show them you appreciate their attentiveness by tipping them generously. With a generous tip, you can show the waitstaff, the amount of care you have for them.
- Everyone loves it when someone compliments them, especially for their work. If you love the work from your waitstaff, then you have to make it a point to tell them so. It need not only be on this day but a practice you can follow for the future as well. It doesn’t cost you anything and when they feel valued, they would try to exceed their excellent service.
Spread the word about the waitstaff on your social media using #NationalWaitstaffDay and ensure that they get the appreciation they deserve.
Interesting facts about National Waitstaff Day:
Most of us pay attention and recognition to the waiters or servers in the restaurants we visit, and we leave a tip. On this day let us resolve to also tell them about their service and how they have made your dining experience better. And yet, here are some things that we often see or hear from our waitstaff but do not pay much attention to. Going forward, let us give them the attention they deserve and ensure we listen to them attentively as they attend to us.
- Servers should tell customers about the specials for the day and also get rewarded when customers order the special items on the menu. Listen to the specials as your waiters tell you and you would be pleasantly surprised by what they have to offer.
- Try not to have another waiter involved and focus only on the single waiter who is taking your order. This would ensure that the workload is evenly split and so are the tips.
- It is important to follow the menu descriptions, more so when you have an allergy or restriction in your diet. While you can check with waiters for certain queries, you have to read and understand what each dish entails.
- When you have a huge crowd at the table, you cannot expect all the dishes to be on the table at the same time. The kitchen requires time to prepare the dishes to the best and they need time to put the best on your table. Be understanding of the same.
- If you find any issue with the service or meal, then you should highlight the same to the server. This will help them to make the dish better or the service better based on your inputs.
History of National Waitstaff Day:
The holiday was founded by Gaylord Ward to bring recognition and awareness to the dedication of the waitstaff in the restaurants. The day has been a celebration of excellence in work, attentiveness, attitude, etc. of the waitstaff in every restaurant across the country.