The preferred term for a waiter is a “server.”
(At the First Symposium on American Cuisine, the audience was invited to come up with a new gender-neutral title for a person who brings food and takes away the plate. After much introspection it was determined that person is a “Mommy.” The term didn’t catch on though.)
Waiters who suddenly find themselves out of work can usefully rethink their options. First though, time is needed to lick wounds: Gone are the shared family meals (even though the food is often horrible.) Gone are the tips. Gone are the couple of beers at the end of the evening. But…wait a minute…What is one person’s catastrophe can be another person’s once in a life time opportunity. No more working every evening. No more working every holiday. No more being nice even to guests who ask dumb questions like, “Is the fish fresh? Can we share the calamari. Can I have the sauce on the side?”
Here’s the chance to see what is around the corner. A lost job can provide the needed push to move to Hawaii, or Paris or Thailand. We have embassies in every major city in the world. All invite guests to parties. All need waitstaff. Luxury private yachts and ocean liners like the Queen Mary2 need waitstaff and employment three-miles off shore means no taxes to pay, no car payments, no mortgage or rent to pay…and lots of people to sleep with every night!
Waitstaff have many prospects lying at their feet. They just have to choose one and bend down to pick it up. A waiter who loves music can work in the dining room at a concert hall. A sports fan can accept a position in the sky box dining room for football, baseball, hockey, tennis or whatever game is in town. There are country clubs to consider. Clubs seem mostly to have withstood the economic storms and a staff position enables the workers to have several perks that are good for golfers.
Caterers are always on the look out for attentive servers. Some, as you know specialize in catering for weddings, for politicians, for stars of the stage and screen.
If you can match your hobby, your passion, your special interest to your talents as a professional waitperson, you’ll never look back. You will wonder why you didn’t make the move voluntarily.
My tip is: Explore all your options and all the possibilities that are just waiting for you to take the first step.
Stop waiting. Start serving. Smile.