Food and beverage servers take patrons' food and beverage orders and serve orders to patrons. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, bars, taverns, private clubs, banquet halls and similar establishments.
- Greet patrons, present menus, make recommendations and answer questions regarding food and beverages
- Take orders and relay to kitchen and bar staff
- Recommend wines that complement patrons' meals
- Serve food and beverages
- Prepare and serve specialty foods at patrons' tables
- Present bill to patrons and accept payment
- May order and maintain inventory of wines and wine glassware
- May perform sensory evaluation of wines
- Completion of secondary school may be required.
- Formal waiters/waitresses may require completion of a one- or two-year apprenticeship program or college or vocational school courses.
- An apprenticeship program for food and beverage servers is available, but voluntary, in Quebec and Saskatchewan.
- On-the-job training is usually provided.
- Sommeliers may require courses in wine selection and service or experience as a formal waiter/waitress.
- Responsible beverage service certification is usually required for employees serving alcoholic beverages.