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Food and beverage servers take patrons' food and beverage orders and serve orders to patrons. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, bars, taverns, private clubs, banquet halls and similar establishments.
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- Greet patrons, present menus, make recommendations and answer questions regarding food and beverages
- Take orders and relay to kitchen and bar staff
- Recommend wines that complement patrons' meals
- Serve food and beverages
- Prepare and serve specialty foods at patrons' tables
- Present bill to patrons and accept payment
- Order and maintain inventory of wines and wine glassware
- Perform sensory evaluation of wines.
Outlook & Prospects for Food and Beverage Servers in Northwest Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
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In the Northwest economic region, the outlook for food and beverage servers is expected to be average for the 2012-2013 period. As a vacation destination attracting tourists to the outdoor experiences, the region has a large number of resorts and lodges. Due to the significance of tourism activities, this occupational group is over-represented in the region compared to other occupations. Food and beverage servers represent a relatively large occupational group in the area with 1,400 workers in the labour force according to the 2006 census.
In Ontario, the outlook for food and beverage servers is expected to be good for the period 2012-2013. This is a relatively large occupational group in the province with over 69,000 food and beverage servers in the workforce according to the 2006 census. This is a relatively young labour force when compared to all occupations in Ontario. According to the 2006 census, almost two-thirds were under 30 years of age. This is an entry level occupation with minimal training requirements. As a result, job openings are expected to arise from high turnover, as workers pursue other employment opportunities.
The food service industry, which employs most food and beverage servers in the province, is driven by consumer spending. Although the last economic downturn caused consumers to modify their spending on restaurant meals, over the last several years consumers have been spending a larger share of their incomes on eating out. The province attracts a high number of domestic and foreign visitors which contributes to spending in the food services industry. Tourism has moderated over the past few years due to a high Canadian dollar and rising gas prices; however demand for this occupational group is expected to remain stable over the next few years
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Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
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