French Food and Restaurants
Chefs at French restaurants spend many years in culinary school with plenty of on-the-job training and internships to enhance their skills. They must work their way up in the restaurant business from kitchen help to sous chefs to head chefs. They also need a taste for traditional food and to be able to cook authentic cuisine under pressure, such as ratatouille, escargots, bouillabaisse, quiche, and foie gras.
Many French restaurants and cafés feature web sites showcasing their lunch and dinner menus, price lists, and reservation information. Sometimes customers can even make a reservation on the website or call directly for delivery and carry-out information. If you have an allergy or are lactose intolerant, these menus should contain allergy and ingredient information on all dishes and meals, from appetizers to main courses to dessert items.
Websites may also contain dinner reviews, photos, affiliations, and even sample dinner recipes you can try at home for terrine and fondue. Customers can also get directions to the restaurant and business hours on the website. Some French bistros may serve breakfast in addition to lunch, featuring warm home-baked pastry, muffins, cookies, and croissants for the early morning crowd. Many French restaurants offer catering services in addition to traditional dining, for those looking to host a large party.
Other professionals at French restaurants and cafés include wait staff, receptionists and greeters, and managers. They all work together to create an unforgettable experience for the guest, with fine wines and traditional menu items like crepes. Receptionists greet customers as they walk in the door, hand them a menu, and send them to their table with their waiter. Waiters and waitresses take it from there, providing them with plenty of drinks, food, and assistance throughout their stay.