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A Love Letter to Detroit's Service Industry

It's about time we told you how we really feel about you

Kat Rembacki

Kat Rembacki

Storyteller at Core Detroit
Dance party crasher; wordsmith; downtowner;Disney geek; whipped cream junkie; die-hard Tigers fan. Join me on on my epic quest for the perfect turkey reuben.
Kat Rembacki

Dear chefs, line cooks, managers, bartenders, barbacks, baristas, servers, hosts and hostesses, bussers, dishwashers, delivery persons, and people of the Detroit service industry,

We love you.

We’re pretty lucky here at Core Detroit; it’s our happy task to dine and drink in some of the city’s finest establishments, from hole-in-the-wall hidden gems to swanky five star showstoppers. You

fill our lives with deliciousness.

With our favorite heart-shaped holiday approaching, we’d like to tell you just how much we appreciate you. Thank you for busting your tail during a crazy lunch service, and putting up with our crankiness when we haven’t had that first cup of coffee yet. Thank you for making your signature dish without onions just for us, and for having our favorite cocktail on the bar before we even sit down in our chair.

Detroit would not be the comeback city without you.

Maybe this is silly, but when we think about the service industry, this clip from The Office always comes up:

It’s ridiculous, obviously. Aside from the fact that many people rely on tips for their livelihood (because $2 an hour is not a living wage), the fact that we could do some – but definitely not all – of the acts performed by folks in the service industry is the very reason why they deserve our appreciation, respect and gratuity.

Technically, we might be able to brew our own coffee, or cook our own dinner, or pour our own glass of wine. But you do it so much better. And more importantly, when you do it for us, we get to just relax. We get to breathe. We feel cared for.

Sometimes, it’s that we get to try exciting new recipes that we just couldn’t make on our own. Our lunch break is a little nicer when we get to devour a sando from that deli that has the good corned beef instead of the sad PB&J we would have made at home – even if we have to eat it sitting at our desk. We are always grateful for a kind and funny server who makes us forget that we were having a bad day before we got here.

To our fellow Detroiters out there, we encourage you to show your love for Detroit’s service professionals every chance you get. Maybe you’ve had an unpleasant experience here or there: a restaurant that’s understaffed or a server who’s off their game that day, a meal that wasn’t quite cooked the way it should be. But when you think about your overall experience at Detroit restaurants and bars, hasn’t it been pretty great?

We all have bad days. We don’t perform our job perfectly 100% of the time; some days we wake up with barely enough motivation to shower. We’re grateful for the service industry folks who do an awesome job 99% of the time while standing on your feet for 10 hours and being forced to watch other people eat.

You add spice to our lives and to our food.

Thank you.

 

Special thanks to Bobby and Matthew, who make Mondays magical.

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