Elise Topinka

Server

Location 15h@2xChicago, IL

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Summary

I love all aspects of food and food culture, from street fare to Michelin starred meals. I believe that sharing food and the dining experience is something very uniquely human, and I love being able to facilitate that experience with others.

I want to work with a hospitality group that encourages growth and change, as I see that reflected ... Read more

I love all aspects of food and food culture, from street fare to Michelin starred meals. I believe that sharing food and the dining experience is something very uniquely human, and I love being able to facilitate that experience with others.

I want to work with a hospitality group that encourages growth and change, as I see that reflected in my personal goals as well as professional.

My Dream Job is I would love to own a coffee shop/event space. Or work on a farm. Or own a brewery. Or work with antiques. Or illustrate children's books.

Work Experience
  • Server

    Maude's Liquor BarChicago, IL, US
    Dec. 2016 to Present (11 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Holds multiple positions in wine focused fine dining establishment.

  • Captain / Lead Server

    Au ChevalChicago, IL, US
    Nov. 2013 to Aug. 2016 (2 years and 9 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Consistently brought in high sales. Appointed to train all new FOH staff. Mastered constantly rotating beer selection. Capable of speed and accuracy while performing exemplary levels of hospitality.

  • Lead Server

    Honky Tonk BBQChicago, IL, US
    Sep. 2011 to Aug. 2013 (1 year and 11 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Server and cocktail waitress in live music venue. Lead server with on and offsite catering events, including bartending duties.

Education
  • English Literature
    Aug. 2005 to Dec. 2009

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    Bachelors of English Literature Degree

Skills

Basic Floor Service

Beer Knowledge

Craft Cocktail knowledge

Classic Food / Wine Service

Conflict Resolution

Customer service

POS Systems

Experience in a High Volume Environment

Food / Beverage Pairing

Food Safety Knowledge

Certifications & Courses
Interests
Local Music, Local Art, Hiking, Traveling, Reading
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