What is it about waitresses that's so fascinating? Maybe it's the fact that we're all connected to them somehow, whether we've done waitressing stints ourselves, know someone who has, or, well, if we've ever dined out, really. Or maybe there's more to it than that. Maybe our interest in waitresses stems from their sexy portrayal in pop culture - from the young and nubile gum-poppers to the more experienced, intuitive pros who can anticipate our every need.

One of the most buzzed-about films being screened during Toronto's Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival this week is 'Dish: Women, Waitressing and the Art of Service.' Filmmaker Maya Gallus attributes our collective fascination with waitresses to the fact that the waitress is an enduring pop culture icon. "People project a lot onto waitresses. There's a lot of fantasy," she says. Gallus certainly explores the fantasy element in 'Dish'. From lonely truckers just looking for someone to chat with at Ontario truck stops to men looking to be treated like kings by young women dressed in French maid outfits at Japan's Maid Cafes, it's clear that there's more to the customer/ waitress relationship than just food delivery.