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In the weeds

CJ’s column about the restaurant business

In the Weeds: Where the F is my Black Card?

May 19, 2009

This is one of my favorite scenes from an all-time favorite movie. In Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs,” this early scene sets the pace for Tarantino’s dialogue-heavy trademark style. Mr. Pink refuses to tip and his rationale is at once riveting and revolting.
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In the Weeds: Spring Fever

May 12, 2009
In the Weeds: Spring Fever

By CJ “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~Mark Twain Ah spring, fair spring. What’s not to love?...
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In the Weeds: Sure Fire Stereotypes

May 5, 2009
In the Weeds: Sure Fire Stereotypes

One of the earliest politically correct lessons we learn is that whole business about a book having a cover and how you shouldn’t judge it.  Never mind that publishing houses spend millions each year figuring out exactly which covers will cause the “impulse buy” judgment.  But I suppose the American Proverb came around sometime...
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In the Weeds: Neck Tie vs. Bow Tie

April 28, 2009

If given the choice between a white collar, nine-to-fiver or a job as a server, nine people out of 10 are going to choose the office job.  Despite the annoyances of having to ALT+TAB out of Facebook when your boss pops in or gather in a cramped break room to sing a pathetic happy...
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In the Weeds: For Reelz, ya’ll

April 21, 2009

I can’t make this shit up. I was serving a six top in a private room. They had driven more than three hours for dinner because they had heard such great things about us, and I was looking forward to making it a night to remember.  Regardless of what most server blogs say, servers...
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In the Weeds: Perfect Storm

April 15, 2009

If you ever wondered if your server is sizing you up as he approaches the table, he is. But don’t worry. It’s nothing personal. We analyze everything and everyone and we won’t remember much or any of it by the end of the night. See, servers depend on the perfect storm to make money....
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In the Weeds: Inside the Server’s Studio

April 7, 2009

I’m up in the air about the title of my first Frothygirlz.com contribution.  If you recognize the phrase “in the weeds,” then you’ve worked in a restaurant at some point.  This is the only place I’ve heard it, and most people I know have earned a few years worth of rent serving burgers or...
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