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The Tipping Point
Every year, diners fork over nearly $42 billion in tips at restaurants. Yet tipping, especially at events, can still be mystifying. So for this month's quiz, we asked Lisa Gentilin, CMP, president of Fancy Shindigs Inc., to help determine the customary amounts to reward everyone from security people to sommeliers. We think you'll find the information anything but gratuitous. By Charles Pappas
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1. If you have an open bar, and the usual fee for the bartender is waived, be sure to give him or her something for the road.
a. $50 to $100
b. $100 to $150
c. $150 to $200
2. If the same bellman works the duration of your event, helps you cart boxes, or runs general errands for you, remember the effort with a bonus.
a. $10 to $30
b. $30 to $50
c. $50 to $70
3. Your primary contact for all rooming needs, reservations managers should be tipped based on the number of guests you have, from about 200 guests for a single day at the low end, and up to 1,000 people for three or more days at the high end.
a. $50 to $100
b. $100 to $150
c. $150 to $200
4. Typically not rewarded with cash, sommeliers should receive the equivalent of a specific monetary amount in a gift basket or gift card, especially if they lifted guests' spirits with wine tastings and education.
a. $150 to $200
b. $100 to $150
c. $50 to $100
5. Tipping audiovisual technicians is a sound proposition, especially after they work a sound board, mic speakers, record sessions, run monitors, and more to make sure your event looks and sounds good.
a. $75 to $100
b. $50 to $75
c. $25 to $50
6. Since security people are often off-duty police, cash can be construed as a bribe. So it's best to thank them with a gift basket or gift card.
a. $50 to $100
b. $100 to $150
c. $150 to $200
7. With their duties ranging from reserving conference rooms to organizing banquets to arranging for AV equipment, convention-services managers earn their tip by being indispensable to a smoothly run event.
a. $50 to $200
b. $200 to $350
c. $350 to $500
8. Just as you'd tip a server at a restaurant, each of the wait staff and banquet servers deserves something extra for their efforts at your event.
a. $30 to $40
b. $20 to $30
c. $10 to $20
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