Nicholas Thornycroft

Server/ Bartender

Location 15h@2xChicago, Illinois

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Work Experience
  • Server/ Bartender

    North Pond
    Sep. 2013 to Present (3 years and 3 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    A Chicago landmark for special occasions ond fine seasonal cuisine. Service standards held to the highest in the industry. A strong focus on food and wine education and excellence. 30 table dinning room with a focus on warm and attentive service. Bartending included focus on season craft cocktails and small batch spirits.
     Part of team that received the Michelin star for 2013, ‘14, and ’15.
     Part of team nominated as Finalist for 2016 James Beard award for Outstanding Restaurant Service
     Long listed for James Beard Award Outstanding Service 2015.
     Was relied upon to serve VIPs from in and outside of the industry executing the highest standards.
     Part of team that hosted special events such as weddings and corporate dinners.
     Gained proficiency with Breadcrumb POS
     Ability to prep, maintain, and run bar accommodating up to 150 guests per night

  • Server

    Abigail's American Bistro
    Apr. 2011 to Sep. 2013 (2 years and 5 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    A beloved neighborhood restaurant with a large amount of regular guests. Chef owned and operated with a menu that changes daily, weekly, and seasonally. Servers must be able to prioritize and execute with precision in a fast paced environment for 150 guests nightly.

     Prepared 22 table dining room for service with team of five servers.
     Server position responsible for all roles: busing, food running, hosting, and table service.
     Conducted weekly education for staff on wine list and wine background.
     Met with wine vendors to taste and select wine for 50-bottle list.
     Attended tastings and represented Abigail’s at wine events.
     Created and maintained educational database for staff.
     Built strong relationships with regular guests.

  • Server

    The Odeon
    Sep. 2010 to Mar. 2011 (6 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    A New York City landmark fine dining restaurant. Servers must have detailed knowledge of the menu and working knowledge of wine and liquor with friendly, efficient, graceful service. 48 table dining room which fills up quickly at night and is a sought after destination for brunch. Lunch entertains breaks for nearby City Hall and federal building officials and lawyers. VIP guests of actors, artists, government officials and other business executives sit down during any and all shifts.

     Served VIP clientele with discretion and professionalism.
     Communicated detailed information on daily special menu items.
     Assisted in set-up and breakdown for every shift.
     Gained strong knowledge of MICROS and a working understanding of Open Table.
     Developed a disciplined etiquette in working with chefs.

Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Organizations & Volunteer Activity
  • Producer

    All-Stars New York
    Volunteer • Jun. 2010 to Feb. 2011

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    Summary
    Assist in all preparation for non-profit education based theatre. Develop sense of community and honor All-Stars' commitment to social justice, education, and equality.
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