#036 – Annie Patterson: A Server’s Perspective + Preparing to be a Sommelier
By Debi Saltzberg - Foodie, Urban Farmer Chic, Lover of Wine, Festivals, Happy Hour, Restaurants, Great Service, Creative Toasts, the experience of food and a great story!
Today we’re sharing a super important but under-appreciated perspective: your server’s. Annie Patterson joins us to discuss the knowledge, focus, and mental toughness it takes to keep a smile on and provide the top-notch service that everybody deserves when they go into a restaurant. And, of course, we talk about wine! This episode is sponsored by Ora Organic, my favorite supplement company because they use only organic and sustainable ingredients in ALL of their supplements, the products forking work, and who doesn’t love sexy packaging, right? I am so excited for you all to experience Ora Organic for yourselves with a SWEET discount! Go ahead and please enjoy a 15% discount off your ENTIRE order, always! Not just one and then done! At Checkout use JustForkingAround for your code and happily receive your 15% discount, forking awesome! (I have been using and am obsessed with the Trust Your Gut Probiotic Powder and the Omega 3 Spray called Nothing Fishy Here. The Organic Greens Powder, Easy Being Green, is also a crowd pleaser). ENJOY! Check out Ora Organic Here Annie Patterson recently moved from LA to Boston to work at Barbara Lynch’s restaurant Menton, which is a French-Italian hybrid restaurant in the Seaport District. She is in the process of honing her ability to taste and understand wine, which may sound silly, but being able to articulate the flavor profile of a wine is a talent. We also discuss: Roller derby The city of Boston Opening a vintage furniture business Getting overworked Annie’s ability to articulate the flavor of food Developing a passion for wine Preparing for a sommelier exam How we deal with difficult people How servers can set the tone for a whole evening Resources: Eat at Menton Annie Patterson’s Bio: Annie Patterson grew up on an orchard in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern CA. She started working in restaurants at a young age and annoyed all her coworkers with a never-ending stream of questions about food and wine. She enjoys being outside, dogs, well-made food & wine, and laughing at inappropriate times. She has lived all over her native state of California and currently resides in the beautiful city of “Bahstan, MA,” with her pug and girlfriend of 5 years. She continues to annoy her coworkers with a non-stop stream of thought and questions.