Mai Garti-Bar

Assistant Manager

Location 15h@2xNew York, NY

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Summary

I'm a born and bred New Yorker who has been working with food since I started working at the age of 16, but all of them have been relatively high pressure. Working take-out and phone/delivery orders at Harriet's for two years forced me to learn to be organized, as the small counter space and massive order count could get out of control, especially... Read more

I'm a born and bred New Yorker who has been working with food since I started working at the age of 16, but all of them have been relatively high pressure. Working take-out and phone/delivery orders at Harriet's for two years forced me to learn to be organized, as the small counter space and massive order count could get out of control, especially on rainy nights. Working on food trucks has also emphasized my need to remain organized within small quarters, but food trucks are essentially their own kitchens so being second in command on a food truck taught me how to run a kitchen on a small scale. Our staff is small but our output can be quite big at time. Having won the best food truck in America award in 2014, this truck can attract quite a crowd at times. As the person running the front, it is my job to make sure the customer is satisfied at all levels. Interacting with me and placing their order, as well as expediting with no errors to make sure the customer gets their food in a decent amount of time and with the correct order. We do not even take names with the orders, its all a memory game for me that I'm quite proud to say I'm very good at. But being in charge of the inner workings of the truck and not just leaving at the end of the lunch shift, catering or event, have taught me the importance of maintaining inventory and other kitchen necessities and keeping an orderly space with a well delegated staff.

I'd like to keep working in food after finishing my degree in Urban Sustainability with the hopes of helping decrease the waste the food industry creates and to work an in an environment that promotes sustainable practices when it comes to farming, sourcing, the preparation of food and the operation of the institution as a whole. It would be ideal for me to be in an environment where I could work my way up and learn as much as possible, when given direction I take off and really step up to the tasks at hand -- I'm no stranger to responsibility as someone who has worked while being in school full-time.

My Dream Job is I would like to work in a restaurant that has a direct relationship with its sourcing or for social justice organizations focused on food.

Work Experience
  • Assistant Manager

    Red Hook Lobster PoundBrooklyn, NY, US
    Apr. 2014 to Aug. 2016 (2 years and 4 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    A food truck is essentially a restaurant on wheels. Voted Best Food Truck in the country in 2014, this truck can attract quite an endless line during events and lunch rushes. I work the register: opening/closing it every day and making money deposits. Working the register is much like working the front of a restaurant, as it is my responsibility is to keep the customers organized, happy, and receiving the correct order. As the assistant truck manager I was the right hand to the manager, we are the two who are responsible for keeping the truck stocked, clean, and running without a hitch (which includes heavy lifting of bins of lobster!) , we open and close the truck every day that it goes out so the responsibility is solely on the two of us to keep everything running smoothly. During the off season when the weather made it impossible for us to serve, I would hostess from time to time at the flagship restaurant in Red Hook which gave me familiarity with OpenTable.

  • Shift Leader

    Del's Frozen Lemonade Truck
    May. 2013 to Aug. 2013 (3 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    My job on this truck involved opening the truck for the day on my own, serving lemonade and handling customers as well as their cash on my own, and finally closing up for the day on my own. I was able to handle the high pressure situation well and was regarded as one of their best employees, always serving with a smile, but unfortunately the high heat in the antique truck in the summer and lack of proper ventilation caused me to no longer be able to work on it.

  • Internship

    Fueled
    May. 2013 to Aug. 2013 (3 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    I interned for the mobile and web application company Fueled as a writer over the summer. As a writer in a start-up company, I worked independently researching and writing articles to meet deadlines as well as being expected to complete random clerical tasks and errands spontaneously.

  • Cashier

    Harriet's KitchenNew York, NY, US
    Aug. 2010 to Aug. 2012 (2 years)

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    Role & Tasks:

    I worked at a small comfort food take-out and delivery restaurant on the Upper West Side. My duties included answering the phones and taking orders, packaging the orders for delivery, being in charge of opening the register at the beginning of the shift and closing out the register, restocking the fridge, and closing up the restaurant at the end of the day.

Education
  • Urban Sustainability
    Brooklyn CollegeBrooklyn, NY, US
    Sep. 2014 to May. 2018

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    Bachelors Degree • GPA: 3.4

    Summary

    It examines the dynamics between social and natural systems as well as the trade-offs among environmental, social and economic sustainability. Brooklyn College's metropolitan setting gives you the opportunity to observe firsthand the issues affecting our cities and devise creative and hands-on solutions that foster environmental protection, social equity and economic vitality. Learning how to use our geographic information system (GIS) laboratory to produce and analyze data to solve urban sustainability problems.

Skills

Expediting

General knife handling

Up to 100 covers a night

Up to 200 covers a night

OpenTable or other

POS Systems

Writing

Microsoft Office

Organizations & Volunteer Activity
  • Teen Chicken Soup Volunteer

    Jewish Community Center (JCC)
    Volunteer • Sep. 2008 to May. 2012

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    Summary
    I prepared hot meals for those in need throughout our community, delivered the food, and explored issues of hunger with other teens from my community.
  • Vice President of the Teen Community Advisory Board

    Jewish Community Center (JCC)
    Volunteer • Sep. 2008 to May. 2012

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    Summary
    This board helped organize teen volunteer events at/sponsored by the JCC; events such as special events, community service events, social events, promoting fitness/sport and music/art programs in the community.
Interests
Cooking , Reading , Writing , The Environment , Running , Yoga/ Pilates , Sustainability , Music , Animals , Environmental Justice/ Social Justice
Languages
Hebrew Fluent
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