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Restaurant talk: "marking" a table?????

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Restaurant talk: "marking" a table?????

Midlife | Jun 2, 2013 07:17 PM

OK................. so we're really busy one afternoon and a young, culinary academy trained chef I now work with asks me if a table has been "marked". She gets pretty annoyed when I tell her I have no idea what that means.

She says that to "mark" a table means to set place settings on it (ie- napkins, utensils). OK...........................

I Googled "marking a table" and found that at least this one restaurant (and one other online source)uses the term with that meaning: http://winedirectorsdiary.com/?p=1137 I also found reference to servers leaving some visible object on a table to call attention to it for some reason - which could relate back to place settings, I guess.

My question......................... how common is this usage?? I've never worked in a restaurant (the wine bar I work in is slowly becoming one), but I've never heard the term used that way before. The situation made me feel like I SHOULD know the term.............. hence the angst.

While we're at it, if anyone knows why in the world the word "marked" would be preferable to, say "set"............ please chime in. Sounds a bit pretentious to me, but I can be a bit sensitive.

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