Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: getting a job in fine dining ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: getting a job in fine dining
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: ktkingster-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 05 Apr 2006 23:05 PDT
Expires: 05 May 2006 23:05 PDT
Question ID: 716027
i have an interview at an extremely upscale restaurant to be a server.
 i will be asked question such as, what wine would you suggest to
accompany a rib-eye?  what are all the food suggestions i may need to
know to ace my interview for fine dining?
Subject: Re: getting a job in fine dining
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 06 Apr 2006 09:42 PDT
Hi ktkingster,

Thank you for your question.

Wine Country Getaways

Pairing Food and Wine - Easy ideas for matching food and wine

"One standard rule to live by is that light foods go with light wines.
Heavy foods go with heavy wines. Here is a list to get you started.

Sauvignon Blanc ? white or light fish, mild cheese, fruit
Chardonnay ? grilled chicken, salmon, shellfish, and grilled fish,
anything with a cream sauce.
Pinot Noir ? light meats, chicken, grilled anything, salmon. 
Merlot ? pasta, red meat, duck, smoked or grilled foods
Zinfandel ? tomato pasta dishes, pizza, pesto, red meats, chicken with heavy sauces
Cabernet Sauvignon ? red meats, especially a juicy barbequed steak,
grilled and smoked foods.
Syrah ? red meats, spicy pizzas, herbed sauces on red meat, turkey

========= Food and Wine Pairing Wheel

You'll need Macromedia Flash installed.  

On the left (outside) of the wheel you will see the word "Spin!". 
Poultry, Pork, Beef, Lamb, Vegetarian, Seafood, Dessert is listed
inside the wheel.  Click on the up or down arrow to view various
recommended recipes with the recommeded wine.  On the right side of
the wheel you'll see Explanation.




Wine & Food

keyword search:

food wine pairing match best wine meat poultry fish

Best regards,
Subject: Re: getting a job in fine dining
From: probonopublico-ga on 06 Apr 2006 00:06 PDT
Having travelled extensively around the world and having dined in all
the best restaurants I can tell you that one bottle of plonk is very
much like any other except that some are red and others are white and
some are sweet and others not. Technically the non-sweet varieties are
known as 'dry' although how anyone could pour a dry drink beggars

Oh yes, the labels are also different.

A friend of mine who once worked as a waiter in one such place tells
me that he and his cronies always used to drink the 'best' (ie the
most expensive) stuff themselves and then top up the bottles with

No customer EVER complained and the waiters stopped when they realised
the futility of the exercise.

In my experience of the US, the top restaurants usually offer a choice
of Beaujolais or Chablis and when the bottle appears it's usually got
some entirely different label.

Worse, the red wine usually comes chilled.

On one occasion, I complained to the waiter about a chilled red ...

I said 'You don't chill red wine ...'

He said 'You know that and I know that but that's how they like it here'.

So Welcome to the World of Posh Restaurants!
Subject: Re: getting a job in fine dining
From: ktkingster-ga on 06 Apr 2006 02:26 PDT
well, thats cool, but i need to know which wines go with which meats
Subject: Re: getting a job in fine dining
From: nautico-ga on 06 Apr 2006 10:33 PDT
Drink the wine you like regardless of the food it accompanies. There's
nothing sacred about allegedly proper pairings. The latter reminds me
of an old joke. A New York society dame was hosting a dinner party at
the Plaza Hotel, when much to her horror, one of the guests lost his
cookies at the table. "Not to worry, madame," the stricken gent
announced. "The white wine came up with the fish." :)

Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy