Eric's Blog

All that we once held as true - isn't so true anymore, is it? Like you, things, I see, hear and experience in today's crazy world, often disappoint me. Shock me, even. To help me deal with this stuff, I pour it all out and write it down. Which is what this Blog is all about. Sometimes I get into this mode where I think really fast … too fast … and my brain starts whooshing all around like it’s ice skating. Ever feel that way? You know, when you feel like the universe is playing a prank on you? Like the guy in the movie who just got puddle water sprayed all over his new suit—and he’s just standing there, drops of dirty puddle water falling from his face. Anyway, enough of that. Enjoy my witterings...

Are you shooting yourself in the foot by playing “the short game”?

I don’t know if you’re already a server or thinking of becoming one – but I can’t tell you how many times over the years, I’ve encountered servers who play the short game when it comes to their career.

I get it: when you were 11 years old, you didn’t want to be a waiter or waitress when you grew up.

You had more “ambitious” plans.

Dentist, maybe? Video game designer? Comedian?

OK, I have a confession to make.

My past is littered with plenty of half starts, projects put on hold (indefinitely) – and plain old bad habits.

These days, I’m doing a lot better.

Making six figures as a server is totally possible, but not for these people…

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my 25 years in the hospitality industry, it’s this:

Successful servers are all alike – but every unsuccessful server is unsuccessful in his or her own way.


Jonathan Tisch

CEO Loews Hotels & Co-Owner of the New York Giants

“Over the last few years, my family and I have had the pleasure to watch and enjoy, as Eric Valdivieso, nightly deliver a dining experience that is truly enjoyable. From the moment that we are welcomed by Eric at the door, to sitting at the bar and enjoying the suggestions and company to an amazing dinner, it is always one of our favorite nights. And Eric graciously and seamlessly choreographs this entire experience, without breaking a sweat. Eric truly understands hospitality, and what makes a great restaurant so great.”