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menu item: drinks for the kitchen?

We recently noticed the option to buy drinks for the kitchen on some menus. I've attached pdfs of 2 of them. Have you seen this anywhere? Where/when did this start? odd, no?

edit: cant attach pdfs. here are links to restaurants. btw, we've had very good meals at both.
http://715mass.com/dinner/
(click to see it on PDF

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http://whatsyourremedykc.com/food/
(open dinner menu)

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    1. re: ttoommyy

      gah! I added links to find them on original post.

    2. I have never seen this on the menu, but I have done it before.

      1. There was a thread about this when i first joined CH. Some saw it as the owner's attempt to get an extra tip for the kitchen. They didn't believe that the kitchen staff actually received drinks. Some thought that the owners pocketed the money and the kitchen didn't get squat.

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        1. re: PotatoHouse

          <<Some thought that the owners pocketed the money and the kitchen didn't get squat.>>

          Oh, that would be tasteless and very unkind - though I can well imagine such.

          Hunt

          1. re: PotatoHouse

            There's a place near me w/ an open kitchen and they certainly receive them (also on the menu). They'll bring some cans to the line and you'll see them all drinking them.

          2. I have never seen such.

            However, as we dine as a couple most often, and love our wines, we often have more, than we can safely drink.

            Depending on the situation, we often offer the remainder, of maybe three bottles, to the staff.

            Once, our server commented on the Montrachet that we were having. We quickly invited her to share a glass, to experience a big, French Chard.

            Not that long ago, we ordered a very special Pinot Noir. Even the sommelier, who was serving us that night, had never tasted it, nor had the service captain, who did not even know that it had been added to the wine list. Each got a glass.

            If I have done a BYOW (not very often), the sommelier, the chef, and the owner (if different than the chef), all get a glass.

            Guess that it is similar, but have just never seen an option to provide the kitchen with a "drink." Think that I might do so AFTER my meal, and not before, but that is just me.

            Interesting,

            Hunt