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Side Work Podcast

Side Work Podcast

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Four veteran waitresses clap back in a new weekly comedy podcast where nothing's off the table other than the 15% tip we just stuffed into our apron. Hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen, Joselyn Hughes, Kyle June Williams & Andrea Wallace, the group uses t...Show More
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1:06:15 | Sep 13th

That rumbling in your stomach must mean you're hungry for a new episode .... or.... family meal just didn't do it for you and now you're stealing bar olives and loose french fries from plates to stay alive during your shift. We discuss all the ways i...Show More

54:53 | Sep 6th

The podcast keeps it classy while discussing today's topic: Dive Bars. We all have a very special place in our heart for duct taped chairs, shots of Jameson and bar popcorn. Dive bar owners and servers are top of the service industry food chain, in o...Show More
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1:08:59 | Aug 30th

We go all in on today's topic: Catering. Server Submitted Stories are shared, hot tips abound and then we speak with current co-workers from a local eatery in Los Angeles, Grant Prewitt and Kaitlin Magowan!

59:39 | Aug 23rd

This week we pick back up with our chat about the check that's longer than a CVS receipt. We read a Server Submitted Story that inspires us to turn this into an investigative journalism podcast and then welcome April Wolfe into the pod den to regale ...Show More

1:03:04 | Aug 16th

We are back with part one of a two-parter talking about the check, the bill, the tab, the damage. Why does this final step of service seem to be so hard for customers and servers alike? Why can't anyone do math? Why can't someone just be a hero and p...Show More

1:03:04 | Aug 16th

We are back with part one of a two-parter talking about the check, the bill, the tab, the damage. Why does this final step of service seem to be so hard for customers and servers alike? Why can't anyone do math? Why can't someone just be a hero and p...Show More

58:13 | Aug 9th

Today we talk voluntary torture: DOUBLES, and discuss the logic behind agreeing to live in the restaurant from morning to night. It's a special sort of exhaustion that only servers can relate to. We read some more Server Submitted Stories and then Je...Show More

58:13 | Aug 9th

Today we talk voluntary torture: DOUBLES, and discuss the logic behind agreeing to live in the restaurant from morning to night. It's a special sort of exhaustion that only servers can relate to. We read some more Server Submitted Stories and then Je...Show More

1:13:32 | Aug 2nd

Today's topic of discussion: the myriad of ways you embarrass yourself on the job. Whether it's your fault, a customer making you feel like an idiot, or your fellow co-workers piling on, the nature of the job makes you feel like a real ding-a-ling.  ...Show More

1:12:16 | Jul 26th

Our resident environmentalist and co-host Joselyn Hughes leads the topic of conversation today! We discuss the jaw dropping statistics regarding the disgusting amount of food and plastic waste restaurants generate in the United States each year. We g...Show More

46:25 | Jul 19th

In today's episode we discuss the one thing that makes the service industry bearable: friends. This soul-sucking profession can become an absolute blast when you've got a crew that gets you. On the flip side we talk about the jobs we had where we did...Show More

54:04 | Jul 12th

Working on and around the Fourth of July is pretty much a guaranteed dead time in the service industry which sparked today's conversation about what servers do when it's slooooooowwwwww. We discuss how the attitude and energy of the job quickly shift...Show More

1:15:43 | Jul 5th

We spend a lot of time hating on the job, so today we are clearing our energy as Andrea convinces us of the many perks of having a serving job. A few epic disagreements ensue, but ultimately we all bond over a rat that fell through a Buffalo Wild Win...Show More

1:13:32 | Jun 28th

We continue our conversation about managing tip based wages and in this episode give you some serious mama-bear love and advice about money. You can trust us because we've all set our lives on fire financially and got it back together! Some of us are...Show More

1:14:47 | Jun 21st

Let's talk money. When you're a server how are you still broke even though your pockets are flush with cash?? We discuss all the ways in which having a serving job could earn you financial freedom..... as long as you don't spend half of your tips at ...Show More

1:12:21 | Jun 14th

Summer jobs means summer money, baby! Today we discuss the sweaty, hectic hustle of seasonal work when restaurants double in size and garden patios around the country stay slammed for three months. But first we go off about a recent epidemic of bad h...Show More

1:02:37 | Jun 7th

We recorded this episode at the very end of May during Mental Health Awareness Month but we need awareness every damn day - particularly in the service industry. We go deeper into why this line of work breeds and invites self-destructive behavior, ex...Show More

33:06 | May 31st

We can't believe we are well over twenty episodes strong with more on the way and great guests coming up! Let's celebrate the past ten or so episodes with off the wall, mostly off topic moments with a side of service industry! Reappearing in this epi...Show More

57:37 | May 24th

Today we explore the comforting existence of American diners. We discuss the origins of a "diner car" morphing into the long, compact establishments we love to stumble into after a night out and why diner waitresses are cut from a different cloth. Di...Show More

1:04:42 | May 17th

When you send back food do the waiter and chef both spit on it? Is it safe to go out for seafood on Mondays? Do all servers hate all customers? We confirm, confess, and deny to the best of our knowledge! Lots of "ewwwww" this week with Eliot Glazer s...Show More

44:59 | May 10th

Mother's Day is upon us and what do we say to the God of Death? "Not today". Servers, steel yourselves for the busiest day of the year when dysfunctional families descend upon you to feast, fight and celebrate mommy dearest. It's a doozy of a service...Show More

1:13:11 | May 3rd

In today's episode we sound off about customers with dietary particulars from being vegan, to the dreaded over-modifier.  We break down the growing trend of people claiming "allergy" to get what they want and how it's very stressful for a kitchen and...Show More

1:05:12 | Apr 26th

Brunch: reviled and feared by servers and chefs alike, this meal for amateurs is only growing more unstoppable each year. The gals from Side Work break down why it's the worst shift and why you're worse off for eating it. If hearing "bottomless mimos...Show More

1:06:19 | Apr 19th

In this episode we are a house divided: dinner theater lovers and ... dinner theater haters. We explore all the ways in which food is definitely the understudy and performance is the star, from 1950's diners and insult themed restaurants, to Medieval...Show More

54:01 | Apr 12th

Today we talk kids: the "good", the bad, and the very bad scenarios servers find themselves in waiting on children. We throw it back and talk about our experiences going out to eat as wee little rug rats then move into present day where it seems enti...Show More

55:31 | Apr 5th

Our history of women in the service industry continues as we explore the beautiful world of gender and race discrimination within the job. In short: it was a woman's job, then it wasn't, then it was again while men were at war, then men came back and...Show More

53:55 | Mar 29th

We are back with some more hungover history of women and their role in the service industry in America. Kyle's ghost makes some appearances throughout the episode and we talk about The Harvey Girls who are pivotal to women becoming self-sufficient wa...Show More

1:03:44 | Mar 22nd

We decided it was time to look into the origins of American women in the service industry and discovered that for nearly 150 years not only was it illegal for a woman to work in a restaurant or bar, we weren't even allowed to be in one. V COOL. We di...Show More

50:12 | Mar 15th

We explore the world of unsung food service heroes - counter workers! Brooke, Andrea & Kyle recall definitely being exploited as teenagers at an array of bagel, ice cream, and coffee counters for about $5 an hour. The trend of waiter-less restaurants...Show More

33:32 | Mar 8th

Side Work podcast has officially made it past 10 episodes which is something to celebrate! This week we are comping you some extra content featuring interview moments that didn't make it into episodes, an update on one of our guests, and additional d...Show More

48:34 | Mar 1st

We talk about all the ways in which the service industry breaks you down physically and emotionally which makes sense because restaurants seem to be constructed of glass, knives, fire, sharp corners, slippery floors and dim lighting. We thoroughly di...Show More

1:05:21 | Feb 22nd

We jump right in and discuss the mind blowing noise levels of modern restaurants that blast their speakers -- are we old or is this trend really annoying? We share another server submitted story which launches us into a tirade on aristocratic custome...Show More

48:20 | Feb 14th

In this very special episode we discuss what Valentine's Day means to servers. Hint: It's not good. Whether you call it V-Day, The Valentine's Tip Massacre, Amateur Hour for Love.... it's a dreaded shift for a multitude of reasons and no amount of ch...Show More

1:03:51 | Feb 8th

Today's Special: sleeping with your co-workers. It was time we speak of it and turns out this topic will be a mini-series. Then we put some funny #serverlife tweets on blast. Writer, comedian and former lunch server at Stir Fire Grill, John Roy stops...Show More

1:10:15 | Feb 1st

We share our first server submitted story! We then explore all the ways a server gets slammed, overwhelmed, and deep into the WEEDS. When you're subjected to the PTSD of being in the weeds over and over and over again that leads to.... server nightma...Show More

1:00:26 | Jan 26th

Restaurants are gross, people are gross and the two combined together make for some gross topics of conversation. We are here to ruin every day restaurant items you never gave a second thought to while dining out. Also - tips for servers not to be sl...Show More

1:18:09 | Jan 18th

The ladies launch into the "charade" of service from elegant table crumbing, to pepper grinding, to pretending you give a sh*t about someones birthday. We interview our sound engineer Brian Lucas who recalls a very distinct night when he kept his res...Show More

55:01 | Jan 11th

We jump back in talking about our frustration with customers: the life blood of the industry, the ones who are "always right", AKA the most soul-sucking people on earth. Then we speak with comedian Nick Turner who was a server at the TGI Friday's in ...Show More

1:02:46 | Jan 4th

In Episode 03 Pt. I (Already going into the world of two-parters??)We are dishing some dirt - edible dirt in this installment! The girls talk about the non-server, the plebe, THE CUSTOMER. What makes them good or bad, considered a regular, or a profe...Show More

1:21:33 | Dec 28th, 2018

In Episode 02 the girls jump right in and a play a new game called "Am I Getting Sick?", discuss loose salads, and Chef Ludo which brings them to this episode's main topic: Owners. Someone's gotta own the place you work at and usually these people ar...Show More

1:18:12 | Dec 21st, 2018

In Episode 01, the girls dish about the awful dishes they served at their first restaurant jobs and, since it's the holidays, the Battle Royale that breaks out between servers when the Christmas and New Year's Eve schedule gets posted. Comedian Matt ...Show More