Server Speak: What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned serving the general public?

Emily Wrolson Position: Barista Years in the industry: 5 months Patisserie Margo Edina Just learning to be kind—especially when people are starting their day. You never know where people are at.

Server Speak: What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned serving the general public?

Jade Bryngelson  Position: Barista Years in the industry: 4 Penny’s Coffee Minneapolis You learn a lot about communication with coworkers and customers, you know, learning how and what to say in particular situations.

Server Speak: What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned serving the general public?

Simon Skemp Position: Server Years in the industry: 2  Gardens of Salonica Minneapolis It has been vital for me to learn how to keep my cool in stressful situations, and that has become one of my greatest assets. Every time I feel stressed out, I take a couple deep breaths and move on from there. It’s not really a mantra of any kind, and there really isn’t any secret to eradicating stress. For me, I’ve learned to just kind of turn it off. Applying that to my everyday life has really helped steer interactions in a better direction.

Server Speak: What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned serving the general public?

Josh Kaeding  Position: Server Years in the industry: 16  Bottle Rocket St. Paul I guess … you never know who you’re going to meet. I regularly waited on a lady who was 90 years old. She used to pinch my cheek and say, ‘If I was 70 years younger …’ She died recently but she impacted my life greatly. Yeah, I guess you never know who you’re going to meet, who will have an impact on you and who you will have an impact on.

Server Speak: What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned serving the general public?

Joe Race Position: Server Years in the industry: 6  Pajarito St. Paul Conversation skills and learning how to talk to people from all walks of life.   


New to Server Speak, Iris Page joined the FSN contributor team in March. When she’s not posing thoughtful, amusing and/or clever questions to our state’s exceptional restaurant workers, Iris works as the onsite event manager at Day Block Event Center in Minneapolis. She also holds three titles—executive directory, producer, performer—at Sheep Theater, creating works for local theaters.

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