Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race

By Caitlin Dowling, Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Local Newburyport waiters and waitresses are no strangers to running on the job and now they will have a chance to show off their skills at the first-ever Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race. On Monday, July 29th on Liberty Street at 4:30 pm local waitstaff will race down the street carrying full trays to compete for an honorary title and cash prize. Our video features Sea Level Oyster Bar waitresses: Madeline Walsh (left) and Margaux Munick (right) practicing for the big day!

The Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race, created to showcase all of the delicious dining options in Newburyport, will feature Mayor Donna Holaday and local Hell’s Kitchen all-stars, Jennifer Normant from Sea Level Oyster Bar and Nick Peters Bond from Kitchen to Isle Catering, as the official judges.

“This is an opportunity for local restaurants to showcase their menus and specials and drive Yankee Homecoming crowds in for a meal. It’s advertising at no cost to the restaurants,” explains event chairman Dan Gilmore, also the general manager of Sea Level Oyster Bar. In fact, participating restaurants are encouraged to display their menu and any Yankee Homecoming specials, promotions, and coupons on a board at the finish line.

All local waiters and waitresses, eighteen years and older, are welcome to compete in the Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race. Not in the industry? Come by to cheer on your favorite waitstaff as they walk/run from Fair Street down Liberty Street carrying trays piled high with full glasses! The top 3 female waitresses and top 3 male waiters to cross the finish line first with dry trays will move on to the final challenge, yet another diner dash, but with the addition of obstacles.

The 1st place waitstaff (male and female) will each earn one their biggest tips yet, $500. 2nd place (male and female) will earn $250. The restaurant with the best overall performance will earn the traveling trophy, as well as bragging rights as the fastest staff in town, until the following year.

Thinking about entering the race? Brush up on all the rules beforehand and register here. Only waitstaff from local Newburyport restaurants my compete. Registration fees are waived this year for the first-ever Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race.

The Oregano’s video features Gabriel Sambataro (left) and Lindsey Howland (right). 

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