Monthly Archives: October 2007

The Silver Polisher

This is for Matthew, per his request: “AND SO I ASK YOU: have you been in the restaurant club?”

Winter 2004 (Philadelphia PA)

“What did you do with that plate?” barks the chef de cuisine. I don’t answer. I am holding the replacement salad in my hands, for the woman on table 87—Jack is asking about the first salad, the mistake. “Did you give it to the waitstaff?” he asks, appalled. The first salad—sliced pear, local, organically grown green apple, and grapes served with slices of St. Nectar, a nutty, semi-firm Gruyere-like goat cheese–is gone; six waiters and assorted buspeople bore down on it like a swarm, every morsel gone in thirty seconds. Continue reading