2nd Annual Sacramento Waiter’s Race
Waiters from several Leverage Buying Group members participated in the 2nd Annual Bastille Day Waiter’s Race held in Midtown on July 14th, 2011. The history of waiter’s races (the “course de garcons de cafe”) began in France as a way to improve the recognition of the waiter profession in Paris. Waiters have to race as fast as possible holding a loaded tray without breaking or spilling its contents; often the rules include regulations against running, allowing only fast walking speeds because professional waiters never run during their service. Another distinguishing feature of a waiters race is that the first person across the finish line may not be deemed the “winner” if their tray isn’t as dry as another competitor’s.
Competitors in Sacramento’s Waiter’s Race were required to carry a tray with two wine glasses and a bottle of Perrier with one hand while negotiating a course of two laps around the block bounded by 18th & 19th Streets and L Street & Capitol Avenue then up the staircase to the courtyard of L Wine Lounge. Most managed to complete the two laps around the block without any breakage but the staircase caused trouble for a few competitors.
Marja Magnuson of LBG member restaurant 33rd Street Bistro placed first in the women’s division of the race and Carlos Gonzalez of LBG Member restaurant Zocalo placed second in the men’s division. First place winners were awarded $150 and one free night stay in an executive suite at 1801 L Street Apartments. Second place winners were awarded $100.