I took a party of 15 for lunch. Technically, I shared it with another server, but we both got pretty busy...putting most of the weight on me. 10 of the 15 show up on time, but the host isn't there yet.
Hmm. Well, they have a set Family Style menu. Should I start the first course??
If I start it, she'll arrive, see the food, and say we didn't confirm the menu with her.
So I decide to wait. Let them eat bread and start on their drinks.
Then she arrives (15 minutes late) and freaks out:
"Where is the food??"
Great. I was probably going to lose no matter what I'd done.
Needless to say, we got off on the wrong foot, and she was on top of me the rest of the time.
Still left me 18%. Thank goodness.