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Daily Dining News: What Does it Take to be a Waiter at The Kitchen?


The Kitchen is one of the nation's most expensive restaurants and certainly at the top of every Sacramentan's dining bucket list. With that, you'd expect both great food and outstanding service.

The Kitchen recently placed an ad looking for new wait staff. Think you have what it takes to work there? Setting aside all the experience you'd need, here's a list of questions they might ask you during the interview.

Can you name the three white Bordeaux varietals?
What is a torchon?
Who is Alice Waters?
What is a gimlet?
What is tartar?
What is sous vide?
Name four cuts of beef?
What are the varietals of Burgundy?
Etc. . ..

Before I saw the quiz, I thought I was pretty knowledgable about food. After seing the quiz, I only got about two thirds of them right. (My french wine knowledge is lacking.)

I still haven't eaten at The Kitchen, but when I finally get there, at least I know that the knowledge of the wait staff will be impeccable.

See the ad on Craigslist here.

More News:

Ella's new chef comes full circle - During a recent lunch shift, about two weeks before Michael Thiemann officially takes over as executive chef for Ella Dining Room & Bar, his chef's coat is as white as it will ever be. At this moment, he's just getting a feel for the kitchen he'll inherit, meeting staff he will direct and getting the first taste of a new restaurant home. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Heavenly Dog shuts down Elk Grove location, opts to go mobile - You could find some of the best hot dogs in the area at Elk Grove's Heavenly Dog - that is, until it shut down its space near Bond Rd. and Highway 99 at the end of January. But fear not, fans of the 'dog. Instead of continuing with a brick-and-mortar location, Heavenly Dog has opted to go mobile and focus on its food truck. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Sampling the new Selland's Market-Cafe in El Dorado Hills - Husband-wife restaurateurs-chefs Randall Selland and Nancy Zimmer recently opened another fine place to eat, this one in the El Dorado Town Center. It's named and modeled after the popular Selland's Market-Café in East Sacramento. We dropped in Tuesday night and found the place slammed and joyfully noisy, like a party with endless wine. The revelers were in attendance partly for the Selland Group's well-deserved reputation for serving really good food. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.

Brewster's Bar & Grill undergoes ownership change - Brewster's Bar & Grill, which is housed in a 19th century renovated building in downtown Galt, will be closed until Monday as the business undergoes an ownership change. Its team of opening owners - Jason Boggs, Alex Origoni and Garrett Van Vleck - have stepped away from the business, which is being taken over by an as-yet unnamed owner. Boggs, Origoni and Van Vleck are also the proprietors behind the Shady Lady Saloon on Sacramento's R St. corridor. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

Free wine tasting in El Dorado Hills on Feb. 16 - Anyone out there love a glass of syrah, that juicy red wine known for its full body and forward flavors? The grape's a signature of the Rhone in France, and especially dense and powerful versions of syrah are produced in Australia - though in the Land Down Under, the grape's called "shiraz." Syrah also has a home in the Sierra Foothills, which has the growing conditions and soils that work well with Rhone-styled wines. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.


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