WHAT DO BANQUET SERVERS DO?
Banquet servers, informally known as cater waiters, are wait staff that work for big catering events and banquets. This is different from restaurant servers, because there is typically only one service per event, and banquet servers will serve every table at the same time, from tens to hundreds of people. Working with the catering staff, who prepare each course at the same time, banquet servers must make sure each course is delivered as quickly as possible. Banquet servers keep glasses filled, remove each round of plates and answer any questions from guests. Some banquets servers will have to take orders for each table, if there are multiple meal choices.
After service, banquet servers are often responsible for clean up and breakdown of the service. Most banquet servers work for a flat fee, rather than tips.
HOW MUCH DO BANQUET SERVERS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that in 2010, the median pay for waiters and waitresses was $8.81 an hour, including tips, or $18,330 a year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
No education is needed to start as an entry level server, and much of what you will learn will be done on-the-job. You may have to be 18 or older to serve alcohol, depending on state.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Customer Service: Communication is key to banquet server jobs. You will need to listen to the customer's order, answer customer's questions, and more. You will need great listening and speaking skills, a friendly, relaxing demeanor, courteousness and quick service create a great dining experience for customers.
- Stamina: Busy days on your feet, moving fast and carrying large trays of food are the trademark of a banquet server job.
- Teamwork: Banquet servers are part of a team. You will be working with other servers and the cooking staff to make a great dining experience. Being a team player is essential.
- Cleanliness: Nobody wants their food delivered by a slob. Being clean and neat when serving food and drinks will help create a great first impression to your customers.