Welcome to Front & Center, a series highlighting front of the house professionals in Atlanta restaurants. Right now, Creative Loafing associate food editor Stephanie Dazey writes about Daniel Crawford, a server at Miller Union:
There is one particularly passionate individual out there, a friend I greatly respect, who I'd like to recognize here. He was the inspiration for a piece I wrote on veteran servers last year, and his name is Daniel Crawford. I'm not sure when he started waiting tables, but Daniel has been in the industry for more than 20 years. During that time, he's worked at several of Atlanta's most respected restaurants, from the fabled Seeger's to Sotto Sotto, and, most recently, Miller Union. A wine consultant by day, and dinner service provider by night, Daniel has two decades' worth of food and wine knowledge floating around in that brain of his. He can anticipate a guest's needs and juggle a million tasks with ease. He knows how to read his tables, when to chat them up, and when to give them space. What can I say? The guy's good at his job. However, what makes him special isn't his uncanny ability to pair wine with food, or his charm — it's his altruism. When Daniel waits on you, you get the sense that he truly wants you to have a memorable experience. Like a hopeless romantic, he strives to transform what most would consider a simple meal into a celebration — one that you keep near and remember fondly.
—Stephanie Dazey, Creative Loafing and @StephanieDazey
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