The silverware roll-up. For many servers it’s a skill as fundamental as balancing three plates on one arm or upselling the dessert menu. And though binding up some perfectly rolled sets of flatware offers servers a chance to sit down (and who doesn’t want to take every chance they can get to sit down during an eight-hour shift?) rolling silverware is by no means a favorite side task.
It might, in fact, be the most thankless job. Nine out of ten guests sit down and unravel the roll without even noticing the flawless corners or the air-tight folds, wasting no time dirtying up their napkin, knife, fork and spoon. And no matter how many roll-ups you make, there will always be more to do at the end of the day.