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Training Temporary Banquet Servers

By Will Temby

A well-trained banquet server can make or break your wedding party, business dinner, corporate event or any event where food and drinks are served.

Food-service professionals muct be quick on their feet, able to lift heavy trays with grace, identify problems on the fly, stay on top of the host’s agenda or itinerary and do all of this in a stealth manner.

At Apprentice Personnel, the temporary employees we dispatch have a clear understanding of the long list of responsibilities banquet servers are required to undertake.

They’ll fold napkins, dress tables with skirts and cloths, clean and fill salt and pepper shakers, refill sugar bowls and attend to condiment bottles and containers, set guest tables properly, serve bread, coffee, tea and water without spilling.

They’re trained in how to set a professional table, arrange buffets and food stations properly for major events and are skilled at replenishing common items such as utensils, water and bread baskets during events.

There’s an art to knowing the right time to clear a dish, pour more coffee, collect soiled linens and refresh a table. The well-schooled banquet server knows that timing is critical.

We also train out banquet servers to check identification if they work as part of a banquet crew serving liquor. Liability insurance for banquet halls is expensive; infractions for serving alcohol to underage guests could land you employer in trouble – from loss of a liquor license to heavy fines.

Our temporary staffers also are zealous about health matters. They follow food-service rules and regulations to make certain they’re not transmitting pathogens.  

The bottom line: Apprentice Personnel banquet servers are prepared for anything and everything.

About the Author


Will Temby

Will has enjoyed a 20-year career in leadership positions in the hospitality and travel industry throughout the U.S. with the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance and Steamboat Ski and Resort corporations. Will received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2000-2007, he served as President and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Vice President-Special Projects for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Will is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and former member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Nan, has five wonderful children, and enjoys coaching, traveling, hiking, golfing and skiing.

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