About THE WAITERS' RACE
The Waiters' Race is a century old French tradition that tests the skills a waiter uses every day to provide quality service in a timely manner. The first Waiters' Race, organized to celebrate the excellence and dedication of the waiter’s profession, started in Paris and takes place in over 52 countries today. The concept of the race is very simple: waiters have to race as fast as possible holding a loaded tray without spilling its contents. The best waiter or waitress wins!
This year, Atlanta will have its first ever Waiters' Race hosted by Le Bilboquet, produced by The Industry Fund, a non-profit supporting the restaurant industry. All proceeds will benefit The Giving Kitchen, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance grants for Atlanta area restaurant workers facing an unanticipated hardship. The race will be held at 4:00PM on Bastille Day, July 14, 2017 at the center plaza at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta.
Waiters' from all over the metro Atlanta area will compete for a round-trip ticket to Paris and a traveling trophy to be housed in their restaurant for the next 12 months. Participants will be judged on speed, service and style. Participants will walk with a server's tray in one hand that will include a glass of water, a glass of wine and a split of champagne. Upon finishing the route, the liquid in their glasses will be measured. Each participant will be expected to open and pour the contents of a split without spilling.
After the race, Le Bilboquet will host an afterparty at center plaza including live entertainment, an outdoor rose bar by Whispering Angel, food stands, flower cart, and bocce courts. Admission is free to the public.