Banquets are large parties given for a group of people, typically in a private dining room and in observation of a special event such as a marriage or business meeting. Banquet waiters or servers are amongst the team of food service workers who staff banquets.
Banquet waiters are responsible for providing food and beverages during a banquet.
Types of Banquets
During a sit-down meal, banquet servers deliver food directly to seated guests while at a buffet, servers carve meat, dish out helpings of food and ensure that all buffet items remain well stocked. For a passed hors d'œuvres banquet, servers circulate through the crowd of guests, offering finger foods from large trays.
Banquet servers work in restaurants, hotels, conference centres and banquet halls. Servers may work 40 hours per week or only on a part-time basis, with evening and weekend work being commonplace.
In some banquet facilities, servers assist with setting up the dining room as well as cleaning up after the event.
There is no specific education required for banquet servers, but most employers prefer to hire individuals with a high school diploma or GED.
In December 2009, the average annual salary for banquet servers was £14,300, according to Indeed.com.
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