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Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker, born in 1975, was raised on a farm in Selmer, Tennessee. Tucker’s career in hospitality started while she was a student at the University of Tennessee. She took a job waiting tables at Regas, a steakhouse in Knoxville, in 1995. There she learned the trade from the veteran kitchen staff and seasoned servers who were affectionately referred to as the “day hags” by their younger counterparts. Tucker also met her husband, Alexander, while working at Regas. She took the lessons she learned at Regas with her to the Italian Market Grill in 1996.

In 1998, the couple moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina, where Alexander had a management opportunity. Sarah transferred her job as a server to a second Italian Market Grill in Greenville, South Carolina. While living in Spartanburg, Tucker and her husband often visited Charleston for the nearby beaches and the city’s dining scene. In 2002, they moved to Charleston. Tucker took a job as a server and a manager at J Bistro. In 2008, she began work as a server at Slightly North of Broad. At Slightly North of Broad, she guides guests to a good dining experience.

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