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Server Mera Kitchen Collective

  • Date Posted August 04, 2022
  • Location Baltimore, MD
  • Category Business / Culinary
  • Job type Part-Time
Company description

Mera Kitchen Collective is a community-driven food business in Baltimore, where we’re building our own worker-cooperative. We focus on the empowerment of chefs from around the world by celebrating our skills and talents in the kitchen, highlighting the value newcomers bring to the fabric of our society.

Food brings people together, no matter where you are from. It’s a ritual, we gather with our friends and family around the table, not only feeding our bodies but feeding our souls, connecting with people we care about.

We believe that promoting equitable access to opportunities, building community, and providing living wages are the keys to long-term self-determination, independence, and happiness. We have a restaurant in Mt. Vernon and offer catering services.

We participate democratically as we build our business together. This allows for each of us to only strengthen our culinary expertise and have a voice in the operations. We hope to use the cooperative model as a successful tool for wealth generation and fostering empowerment.

Job description We are looking for a part-time server to work afternoons and evenings. Experience is not compulsory, but it is highly preferred. (Options for full-time)

We strive to create an inclusive atmosphere where our team members and customers feel seen. Our cooks and chefs create food they love, and we are looking for a server who appreciates the passion and craft of our kitchen team and can help translate this to our customers.

We have a collaborative team, where everyone is willing to help out their colleagues. We are building a worker-cooperative with paths to ownership for all workers. 

Mera Kitchen Collective began as a catering and pop-up business in 2018, and we opened our first restaurant at the end of 2021. We continue to grow and learn every day, and we are looking for someone to be part of this new growth phase. We value the insight and experiences of our entire team and try to incorporate ideas and feedback into our day-to-day operations. Our cooks come from Latin America, the Middle East and West Africa, and our menu reflects these cuisines.

Roles and responsibilities:
  • Monitor and observe guests dining experience to ensure guests are satisfied with the food and service and respond promptly and courteously to correct any problems.
  • Take food and beverage orders from guests (for dine-in and take-out) using Toast POS
  • Ability to confidently speak about Mera Kitchen Collective
  • Develop extensive knowledge of our menu items (food, beverages (wine, beer, cocktails), desserts).
  • Inform guests of menu changes and daily specials, and make recommendations based on guest preferences.

  • Ability to enter orders correctly and efficiently

  • Maintain strong communication and collaborative spirit with the kitchen team

  • Pick up food from kitchen and serve to guests
  • Clean tables or counters after guests have finished dining
  • Prepare hot, cold, and mixed drinks for guests, and chill bottles of wine.
  • Perform cleaning duties, such as sweeping and mopping floors, tidying up server station, taking out trash, or checking and cleaning the bathroom.
  • Perform inventory as requested
  • This list is not exhaustive but covers general roles and responsibilities

Requirements:
  • 1+ year server experience
  • Ability to work Wednesday - Saturday from 3pm-10pm (there is some flexibility about the ending hours, and more hours are possible)
  • Proof of COVID vaccination (or willingness to get vaccinated) and wear a mask while working

Starting wage is $16.50/hr + allocated service fees (averaging $18-20/hr). In order to create a more equitable workplace, and acknowledge the work everyone on the team puts into creating a great experience at Mera, we instituted a 20% livable wage fee, which is added to all checks, and shared equally among the entire team (kitchen + dining room/servers). Any additional tips are also shared equally.

Shift meals are included, plus opportunities to try special items. Compensation this position is : hourly, $15-20/hr Application instructions Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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