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And while everybody who is anybody loves them some pumpkin pie, sometimes it's fun to try a new spin on a classic. That's where Claire Thomas comes in.
Alec Baldwin and Martin Luther King Jr. did it. So did Zach Galifianakis and Jon Stewart. Table bussing is generally one of the lowest-paid, least glamorous restaurant gigs, but it's almost a rite of passage for those entering the service industry.
The word "busboy" (or girl) comes from a combination of "bus," derived from omnibus - meaning ‘dealing with numerous objects and items at once - and "boy," because at the time (1910 or so) most positions were filled by young men.
Duties typically include removing finished plates and glasses, resetting tables and, fairly often, cleaning up diners' spills and messes. Restaurant labor was divided this way so that servers could spend more time tending to tables. Some restaurants even go as far as to separate table setting, bussing, refilling water and food running into individual jobs.
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Cake for one! - October 18 is National Chocolate Cupcake Day.
Dedicating an entire day to the absolutely exquisite joy that is the chocolate cupcake equals justified bliss. Peel off the foil and get snacking, you've got all day to treat yourself.
Garnering a first mention in Amelia Simms' "American Cookery" in 1796 as a "cake to be baked in small cups," these diminuitive, decadent desserts officially became known as cupcakes in Eliza Leslie's 1828 "Receipts" cookbook. The nickname stuck after chefs started baking cakes in pottery cups; their size closely resembled teacups, so "cupcake" became the name.
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