It has taken Cory Woods a while to get used to his new position as a waiter at Alta, a fine-dining restaurant in San Francisco.
“I am urban African-American,” Woods said, “I am dealing with a lot of Caucasian people with money, people who I have never been exposed to. Initially it was hard communicating with them.”
Woods started working in restaurants 30 years ago, but like many people of color in the industry, he was always in the kitchen, or back of the house. That is where all the “grunt work” is done, Woods said.