Thanksgiving-themed book signing at the Flying Pig Bookstore

SHELBURNE Author and former Vermont resident Phoebe Damrosch is scheduled to appear at the Flying Pig Bookstore on Saturday, November 24. The acclaimed author will discuss and autograph copies of her new book, Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter. The event starts at 1 p.m. and will feature refreshments inspired by Damroschs book. The Flying Pig Loft, a spacious new addition above the store, will host the discussion. As always, attendance is free, but those planning on going are encouraged to RSVP by calling 802-985-3999, because of space restrictions. Damrosch is a graduate of Burlington High School and the Barnard College at Columbia University. She applied to a number of graduate schools after receiving her undergraduate degree, and while waiting for feedback she began working as a waitress A self-described foodie, Damrosch found that she enjoyed the fast-pace nature of the restaurant world. She was accepted to a waitstaff position at a New York City restaurant being opened by renowned chef Thomas Keller. Soon after the restaurants opening, Damrosch was promoted to a top position within the waitstaff. Her new book, Service Included, is a witty personal account of the behind-the-scenes workings of a four-star restaurant. The book chronicles the training of the wait staff, which was no easy task. Damrosch and the rest of the staff took lessons from a dance master that encouraged grace in the dining room. Several experts also taught the waitstaff the gastronomic details of the menu. Damrosch shows us many reasons why haute cuisine is haute price, said owner Josie Leavitt. She shares the staffs tensions over visits by famous restaurant critics, and includes some cheeky tidbits about bawdy guest comments, a kitchen fire, and behavior tips for diners. In the books opening pages, Damrosch recalls a statement made by the chef, touching on one of the books main themes, commitment. If you want to understand commitment, says Chef Thomas Keller, all you have to do is look at the American breakfast of bacon and eggs. The chicken was involved, but the pig was committed. Damrosch says that her book is a story about commitment: to food, service, love, perfection, and to being the bacon. Damrosch wrote the book while attending Sarah Lawrence, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. She currently lives in New York City, but she gave up her career in waiting tables. For more information or to reserve an autographed copy of Damroschs new book, call 802-985-3999. For more information about the Flying Pig Bookstore, visit www.flyingpigbooks.com .

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