Biography/Memoir: Waiter to the Rich and Shameless
by Paul Hartford
Biography/Memoir: Waiter to the Rich and Shameless: Confessions of a Five-Star Beverly Hills Server Kindle Edition...Also Available In Paperback, On Audible & Free With Kindle Unlimited.
A down-and-out musician chops off his hair to become a server at the top of the Hollywood food chain, discovering a cloistered world of money, fame, bad behavior and intrigue.
Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary 5-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.
Of the many millions of food service workers around the globe, only a tiny number ever ascend to a top-level position at a world-renowned restaurant catering to iconic celebrities, moguls and politicians. As one of those select few, Paul ("Pauli") Hartford is the first waiter to open the door into a cloistered, coveted world of money, fame, bad behavior and intrigue. He peels back the veneer of civility and culture at the nation's most preeminent celebrity hangout, the Cricket Room, in Beverly Hills, California. He exposes the epic human foibles of its elite clientele, the dining room's corrupt corporate culture, its clandestine culinary practices, and the heartbreaking struggles of its beleaguered waitstaff.
This keenly-observed story also traverses Pauli's ten-year evolution from a jaded, party-hungry rock musician who moonlights as a bartender, into a snobbish and pretentious waiter, and finally into a polished and sophisticated server who takes his job so seriously that it drives him to the brink of illness. Pauli finds himself at first seduced by his famous guests' glamour and self-indulgence, then accustomed to it, and finally appalled by it.
For obvious reasons, some details and specifics about the real Cricket Room have been cleverly disguised, but discerning readers will easily connect the dots.
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The Inside Story of Hollywood Table Waiting
By Rick Spell VINE VOICE on May 26, 2015
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As a restaurant owner I'm reading more books about the business but still trying to be entertained and this book clearly did that. You will get great setup information of the roles of the different players in the restaurant industry and great descriptions of how this service can make a difference. This is what I came for.
But what makes this book entertaining is this "almost rock star" who enjoys his high paying bartender job which turns in to a top waiter job at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills. Or at least that's my guess. I've made stops there but always for drinks, never for dinner which I will definitely do soon due to this great description. Ok, if you want to hear about stars, who is good to wait on, who is not, this is the book for you. He has personal favorites and does a good job in great detail showing how so many stars are really good people and, some who are not. And I must admit, some of the bills for dinner absolutely astounded me. I've paid $4,000 dinner bills for business. But I cannot imagine taking a family of four to dinner and a bill of $8,000! I think I'll pass on the expensive $4,000 bottles of wine
But what is very compelling is the pride in this distinguished restaurant which eventually turns in to disdain as he views their foreign corporate owner as destroying their previously great culture. How this plays out and how well he conveys this in words is exceptional and I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend. Favorite part? The author looks up to one professional waiter who after hours turns in to a sexual/drug enduced deviant. Well, at least in a good way and these stories are very entertaining.
I strongly recommend this book.
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