STAFF PICKS: Lauren Choinski

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Interview by Jillian Marks

Lauren Choinski, a rising senior at The Boston Conservatory, has been working at Trade for just under two years. After graduation she plans to spend a few more years at Trade where she recently began training as a server.

What is your job at Trade?
I’ve been working as a food-runner since I started here at Trade, but I’ve recently begun training to be a server. Right now I’m training in the PDR (private dining room) where we host private events.

What led you to work here?
I’m originally from the DC area but moved to Boston in 2013 to pursue my bachelors in clarinet performance at The Boston Conservatory. I had a couple of jobs in retail but had never worked in a restaurant before. A friend of mine was working at Trade at the time and she referred me and I’ve been here ever since. It’s been a lot of fun to work here.

What is your favorite part about working at Trade?
I get to see and meet all the different people that come into Trade and get a glimpse into what they’re doing in they’re lives. I also love working with the staff here. Everyone is so nice, helpful, and positive. I definitely feel that Trade had taught me so much. I couldn’t have even told you what burrata was before I started working here!

What has been the most challenging part of moving from food-runner to server?
I think time-management has been the most challenging thing for me. As a server you always have to be paying attention to more than one table’s needs at once and there’s always a lot going on.

What do you like to do in your free time?
If I’m not here I’m usually practicing clarinet or watching Netflix. I don’t have too much free time to spend around Boston but when I do I like just walking around, getting out in the sun, and taking in the scenery.

What is your favorite dish at Trade?
Half chicken or burrata.