Recruitment is open for Green Opportunities’ front-of-house training program, Table Service Essentials. This intensive seven-week course prepares students with the skills and experience needed to launch a career in Asheville’s thriving restaurant service sector. The course is free for income-qualified students. Apply here.
Instructor Tim Tizzano helps with expediting during a pop-up dinner in Southside Kitchen.
The training program, which begins on September 22, is led by A-B Tech instructor Tim Tizzano, a veteran of the restaurant service industry with over 25 years of front-of-house experience.
“Table Service Essentials provides a wealth of information and the tools to get you started as a server like no other course offers. Whether experienced or not, participants will be able to hit the floor running, or take your performance to the next level,” says Tizzano.
Table Service Essentials students will learn table-side service, the pivot system, ticket writing, and wine pouring, among other skills. Students are exposed to these essential skills through a combination of weekly lectures and a hands-on “lab” experience working as servers for Green Opportunities (GO) Kitchen Ready “pop-up” dinners.
Table Service Essentials trainee William Bennett serves customers during a pop-up dinner in Southside Kitchen.
Pop-up dinners take place on Thursday evenings in Southside Kitchen, a donation-based restaurant operated by the Green Opportunities Kitchen Ready program under the direction of Chef Liam Luttrell-Rowland. The dinners provide a unique platform for students to practice and hone their skills in GO’s community-centered culinary classroom.
According to Chef Liam, the Table Service Essentials training represents “a great opportunity for people to learn the customer service skills that are necessary to get a great service position at some of the best restaurants in the city. These are the foundations that are used nationally to help people move forward in the career of service.”
Classes will meet in the evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 22 to November 3, and will take place at the Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center, located at 133 Livingston Street in Asheville’s Southside neighborhood.
Table Service Essentials is offered through a partnership between Green Opportunities and the Human Resources Department at A-B Tech Community College.