Service Styles

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The five "Mother" Services; American, French, Russian, English, and Butler

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Service Styles

  1. 2. <ul><li>This style service was taken from traditional service in the English country homes where the head of the household does the carving and serves portions to the family with the assistant of the servants. </li></ul><ul><li>Today, this style service might appear in a private dining room where the host does the carving and is assisted by the service staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to family style meals on Thanksgiving or Christmas. </li></ul><ul><li>Pince: Fork and a spoon used like pliers to handle and serve food. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Service is very formal and elegant. </li></ul><ul><li>Part or all of the meal is finished tableside on a Gueridon. </li></ul><ul><li>Gueridon- tableside cart with a flame/burner. </li></ul><ul><li>There are usually two servers per table. </li></ul><ul><li>Food is served from the left and cleared from the left. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Bananas Foster, Cherries Jubilee, Beef Wellington, Steak au Poivre </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Similar to French Service in that is it is elegant and formal. </li></ul><ul><li>All the food is prepared in the kitchen and brought out to the dining room on Silver Platters. </li></ul><ul><li>The food is then carved or finished on a tableside cart in front of the guest. </li></ul><ul><li>Russian Service allows for a more personalized service. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Dover Sole, Chateaubriand </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Less formal than Russian or French. </li></ul><ul><li>This style service is used in the majority of restaurants. </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest difference is the food is prepared in the kitchen and plated in the kitchen. </li></ul><ul><li>Food and beverages are served from the right side of the guest with the right hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Food is cleared from the left side of the guest with the left hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Beverages are cleared from the right side with the right hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Bread is served from the left side of the guest. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Also known as flying service. </li></ul><ul><li>Food is served from platters by wait staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Cocktail party or event where there is not a sit down dinner. Such as a wedding or holiday party. </li></ul><ul><li>Foods Served: Hot and cold hors d’ oeuvres. </li></ul>

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