What Are the Functions of the Food and Beverage Department?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 17, 2020 3:59:38 AM ET

A food and beverage department is responsible for supplying food and drink to the members of an organization and its guests. Food and beverage departments have employees with multiple dining-related roles, including bartender, barista, server, cook, chef, hostess, dining room server, food service attendant and dishwasher.

In general, a food and beverage department is an umbrella group overseeing employees who work in multiple restaurants and shops that are united in providing a single, consistent dining experience within an organization. Food and beverage departments may also be either a single, cohesive business unit with one management team or a group of smaller divisions with individual management teams reporting to higher-level managers and executives.