Bartender’s Guide to Pronunciations

Having been a bartender/server all through college, I know mastering restaurant-lingo can be a huge learning curve.  Once I entered the back-of-the-house, terms such as; eighty-six, deuce and the dreaded no call/no show were common place. Those terms became easier once in the mix of things. The real test was the front-of-the-house. This was a whole other [...]

Having been a bartender/server all through college, I know mastering restaurant-lingo can be a huge learning curve.  Once I entered the back-of-the-house, terms such as; eighty-six, deuce and the dreaded no call/no show were common place. Those terms became easier once in the mix of things. The real test was the front-of-the-house. This was a whole other animal. As a rule, the bartender/server should be the most knowledgeable one at the joint. That said, there is nothing more embarrassing then being corrected by a pompous bar snob. It’s not only a real kick in the deuce, but it can also hurt your tips. In this article I wanted to highlight some terms, definitions and common mispronunciations.

Restaurant Terms

Eighty-six, 86– “We’re out of Sam’s! (Sam Adams). 86 it!” Def. To remove an item from an order or from the menu because the kitchen or bar is out.

Deuce– “Seat this deuce at Table 12.″ Def. A table with only two seating spaces.

No Call/No Show– An employee (or reservation) who does not show up and does not call.

Back of the House– The back end of the restaurant (the kitchen and storage areas – where the chefs, cooks, prep people and dishwashers primarily work)

Front of the House– The front end of the restaurant (the dining room and bar – where the customers are served and wait staff, bartenders, bussers and dining room managers primarily work)

Pronunciations – Beer

Hefeweizen – “Hefe” means yeast, and “Weizen” means wheat
HEH-feh-vite-zehn

Pilsner Urquell
pillz-nur-ur-KWEL

Smithwicks
smit-ICKS

Tecate
teh-KAH-tay

 

Pronunciations – Food



Basil
bay-zill

Bruschetta
bru-SKET-ta

Buffet
boo-fay

Caramel
car-ah-mel

Chipotle
chi-poht-lay

Echezeaux
Es-sheh-zo

Escargot
es-car-goh

Espresso -Strong coffee created by forcing steam through ground coffee beans
es-press-o

Filet or Fillet
fill-ay

Herb
erb

Sake
SAH-kay

Worcestershire Sauce
woos-ter-sheer saws

Pronunciations – Wine & Spirits


Cabernet Sauvignon
cabber-nay so-vin-yahwn

Chianti
kee-AHN-tee

Cognac
cone-yack

Riesling
Reece-Ling

Sauvignon Blanc
so-vee-nyo(n) blah(n)

Sommelier – A wine steward in a restaurant
sum-uhl-YAY

Syrah
see-RAH

Vosne-Romanee
Vone Ro-ma-nay

 

Pronunciations – Scotch





Bruichladdich
Brook-LADDY

Bunnahabhain
Boo-na-HAHB-en

The Balvenie
Bol-VAINNY

Bowmore
Ba-more

Caol Ila
Coo-LEE-la

Dalwhinnie
dal-WHINNIE

Glenfarclas
glen-FARK-lass

Glenfiddich
glen-FIDD-ik

Glenlivet
glen-LIV-it

Glenkinchie
glen-KINCH-ee

Glenmorangie
glen-MORE-an-jee

Glenrothes
Glen-ROTH-is

Highland Park
hai-lund PARK

Jura
JOO-ra

Lagavulin
la-ga-VOOL-in

Laphroaig
la-FROYG

Macallan
muck-AL-un

Oban
OA-bun

Talisker
TAL-is-kur

Tomintoul
tom-in-TOWEL

Photo Credit: www.gourmet.com

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