Kianti’s Wins Waiters’ Race

Eight Downtown restaurants competed Sunday afternoon in Soif’s fourth, somewhat annual, Waiters’ Race in Downtown Santa Cruz. Relay teams comprised of three servers each, representing their respective eateries squared off in three exciting and entertaining rounds. The racers were sent on an obstacle course of sorts, executing typical waitstaff tasks along the way, including filling glasses, rolling utensil set-ups and picking up napkins, all while carrying a tray of glasses.

IMG_1958Competition was friendly, but fierce, with many of the competitors adding their own signature to the race. The Chefs of Ul•te•ri•or shared a stylish fedora among the racers. Soif’s team included a rose passed from the teeth of one racer to the next, and Assembly’s team even provided a cartwheel at one point. 99 Bottles and Woodstock’s Pizza had a strong showing, but in the end Kiantis high flying dough and steady pace earned them the trophy. Three luminaries from the Santa Cruz Food & Wine scene served as this year’s Judges.  David Kinch is Chef/Owner of Michelin 3 Star restaurant Manresa in Los Gatos.  He is also Iron Chef America victor, not so early morning surfer and Downtown Santa Cruz resident.  Sue Slater is Department Chair and Instructor in Cabrillo College’s Department of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.  She has more degrees and certificates than can be listIMG_1957 in the allotted space, and is a notoriously generous tipper.  Paul Mekis is Director of Wine for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts as well as Wine Director at Madera, the signature restaurant Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park.  Paul also won a much heralded waiters race in San Francisco, lo those many years ago, and earned a trip to France in the process.

The Waiter Race was one of a few fun events Downtown on this summer afternoon. Around the Corner on Church Street the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is mid run with the Free Family Concert and the Church Street Fair, and Later in the evening, Beer Week kicked off at Assembly.

Berdels Skate Shop also provided some skate entertainment for the afternoon.