Tipping Taken Off The Menu At Canary By Gorji
Dallas’ Chef Gorji Debuts Tip-Free Fine Dining
New policy focuses on service, hospitality and equitable pay for hard-working staff
DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/
No Tipping Policy Trend Taking Off
The “no-tipping” trend is rapidly taking hold in culinary centers around the country, most notably New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Portland.
The success of No-Tipping policy lies in its equity for both front and back of the house, says Gorji. Instead of servers relying on the largesse of their customers to compensate for below minimum-wage salaries, servers now know that they will be compensated fairly every night—not just on those busy weekends or feel that they have to upsell items to increase their tips at the end of the night. And no longer will those behind the scenes who are essential in preparing and providing the culinary experience be compensated less than those who serve it.
An average price increase of 18-20% makes it possible to create a steady income throughout high and low seasons for both front and back of the house and correlates to most average tipping.
Several New York restaurateurs, such as Tom Colicchio, the owner of New York City’s Craft as well as judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and and Big Apple restaurant owner Danny Meyerare early proponents with similar price increases.
“I don’t want a good salesman, I want good service.”
“To take tipping off the menu was not an easy decision,” says Chef-owner Gorji, who has long contemplated the bold move. He believes it will positively impact guests’ experience and ensure his long-held belief that wait staff give each and every guest the level of service they deserve, no matter how much they might be spending. Says Gorji, “What a customer spends should not have any bearing on what a server makes.
“Many waiters today,” he says, “are trained to upsell as a tip incentive. To me, a dining experience should be void of this hoopla and that’s why we don’t rush you out the door to seat someone else in your place.”
“Canary,” says the outspoken author of the award-winning cookbook, Zing! and Gorji Gourmet sauce line, “is geared toward the experience of dining. That’s why we don’t seat young children, have no televisions and don’t double seat.”
Wave of the Future?
Gorji believes that the “no-tipping” trend is the wave of the future of fine dining. He points to research done by Michelin and reported by Bloomberg News that the International culinary scene, in which tips are small or not expected, is creating the most highly rated fine dining establishments in the world.
“Fine dining should be a pleasurable experience,” says Gorji. “I want my guests to enjoy their experience and focus on the food and hospitality.”
The new no-tipping policy at Canary By Gorji starts Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Visit chefgorji.com for more information about Canary By Gorji
New Mediterranean Cuisine | Steak | Seafood
5100 Belt Line Rd, # 402 Dallas, Texas 75254
Gorji has been chef-owner of Canary By Gorji, an 8-table restaurant in Dallas, TX for 13 years. He is back-to-back champion of the famed Texas Steak Cook-Off in Hico, TX and has published an award-winning debut cookbook, Zing! featuring his signature “New Mediterranean” cuisine. Gorji Gourmet Foods™, his product line for home cooks, includes Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Dipping Oil/ Marinade and three award-winning pasta sauces: Arrabiata Diavolo, Puttanesca and Pomodoro.
Read more information about Gorji’s no-tipping policy here.
Gorji, a fine dining restaurant featuring “New Mediterranean Cuisine, Championship Steak and Sustainable Seafood” with a curated domestic and international wine list. It is the first no tipping restaurant in Dallas. Named Dallas’ Best Steakhouse 2021 By Dallas Observer. In March 2021 Gorji celebrated its 18th anniversary. Located at 5100 Belt Line Rd, Suite 402, Dallas, TX 75254. 972-503-7080 gorjirestaurant.com
Gorji Gourmet Foods Includes Pomodoro, Puttanesca and Arrabiata Diavolo pasta sauces, Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Dipping Oil & Marinade. They have won a total of 38 awards in blind judging food competitions. They are available in DFW Whole Foods, Jimmy’s Food Store, Gorji restaurant, GorjiGourmet and Amazon.
Zing! Cookbook features “New Mediterranean Cuisine” recipes and has won 5 domestic and international awards. It is available for purchase at Gorji restaurant and amazon.com.