From My Side of the Table
by Tammy Benlolo
‘From My Side of The Table’, there are two types of customers, the overly-friendly, warm and sweet and the loud-mouthed, obnoxious complainer who is never satisfied with their meal.
A server and a restaurant behavioral sociologist for 7 years, I have written a collection of stories based on the customers who have inspired, aggravated and annoyed me and my co-workers who I have shared joyful moments with, gossiped, hated and fought with. What goes on behind the kitchen doors? Friendships are formed, hearts are torn and tears are shed from laughter and hate. The kitchen is where it all begins.
From working at many popular hot-spots, I can honestly say that I have met and dealt with some of the most unique and real life individuals. Elegant women carrying fake Prada purses, over-sized individuals asking for extra mayo with their diet coke, authors, politicians and hockey players from the Toronto Maple leafs. Each of these people, have inspired me to write this book; my experiences as a server.
With this in mind, This is a compilation of unique stories will surely touch your heart, soul and awaken the mind allowing individuals to relate to circumstances that regularly occur at the restaurant.
About the Author
Tammy Benlolo was born in Toronto and spent her childhood and teenage years reading Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and Judy Blume.
Her love of literature, took Tammy to York University where she received an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and is now completing her first year of Graduate studies. Tammy always wrote short stories, starting at age 4 where she would have them printed and bound at her school's in-house printer.
Tammy spent Friday nights writing stories that would capture the attention of readers all over the world, writing at coffee shops, during class and on the subway. While being an avid reader and writer was fun and exhilarating, Tammy had to work to help support her addiction to shoes.
At age 17, she started working at Café Demetres, later Alize Fazoolies and finally, Kelseys. After years of working in the restaurant industry and writing dead-end stories, Tammy discovered a new and fascinating tale to tell, the experiences of a restaurant server.