I am incredibly pleased to announce an event that has been in the works for quite some time. On January 20th, 2012 I will be hosting an event showcasing some of Kansas City’s brightest serving talents as they reflect on life in an apron. “I’ll Be Your Server Tonight” is a unique opportunity for servers to take the mic and share their feelings to a larger audience. Current and former servers and bartenders will present short readings featuring the good, the bad, and the ugly from life in the hospitality industry to help support a great local institution. You can be a part of it as well.
We are currently accepting submissions from current and former hospitality industry professionals who would like to share their readings with the audience. These can be humorous, sentimental, or thought-provoking. The pieces should be 5-7 minutes and focus on expanding the audiences’ understanding of what life is really like for service professionals. Keep the profanity low and the humor high. Submissions are due by December 26th. The submissions will be reviewed by a team of functionally literate service industry professionals and the top 5-8 submitters will be asked to present their piece at the event.
The money raised will support The Writers Place. This is a great local organization that helps writers hone their craft and bring it to a larger audience. For over a decade, The Writers Place has helped local writers develop and brought top-notch national authors to Kansas City. Located in a historic mansion in the Valentine district of Kansas City, they serve as an incubator for the talents of local writers. It is a tremendous group and one that I am very pleased to help support.
The event will be held on January 20th at The Writers Place. In addition to showcasing some talented local service industry professional, one local writer has already agreed to headline the event. Local food critic and former waiter, Charles Ferruzza, will be presenting at the event. You may know Mr. Ferruzza from his weekly food reviews in The Pitch, his writing’s on the Fat City blog, and his two weekly radio shows. He has agreed to share some stories from his life as a server and reflections on the service industry today. When servers and critics come together, you know this will be an event to remember.
So mark your calendars for January 20th, 2012. Request the evening off now, because this is an event you will not want to miss. Those talented service industry professionals and retirees who would like to present, please submit your reading to [email protected] before the December 26th deadline. You may also send any questions, concerns, or comments to that address as well. This is going to be a night to remember and I hope you can all be a part of it.