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Transcript of Dining Etiquette
Salad must be cut one leaf at a time
If at all
Use outside fork
American or Continental is appropriate
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Speak too loudly or monopolize the conversation
Leave purses, keys or sunglasses on the table
Chew with your mouth open
Eat too fast or slowly
Touch your hair or face at the table
Reach across the table – ask!
Have poor posture
Push away the plate or bowl when you are done
Let cell phones ring – don't answer them either
Bread belongs on the left
Transfer butter to bread plate
Tear off bite-sized piece
Apply butter or oil to piece
Spoon soup away from yourself
Sip from the side of the spoon, not the point
Add crackers one at a time
Do NOT blow on soup, just wait!
Often sorbet or salad
Clears sense of taste
No need to finish
When finished, return spoon to original place
Feel free to eat garnish
Continental or American appropriate
When finished, place fork and knife in a 10'-4' position
Blade facing toward you
For soft desserts use a spoon
Firm desserts, use both fork and spoon
Tip layer cakes on side
When finished, place both between 10' and 4'
Drinks are on the right
Only drink after you have swallowed food
Sip, not gulp
Do not crunch ice
Remove spoons from drink
Know your limits
Essential Conversation Skills
Host initiates the business discussion
discussed toward the end of the meal or over coffee
If you are the junior member of a party, don't dominate the discussion, but make comments and ask questions.
Host: Steer the conversation, suggest topics for discussion,
Be a good conversationalist with the people seated on either side of you.
Conversation Stoppers (Don’ts)
Do not ask about:
religious beliefs, financial situation, terminal, illness or any illness, details about a divorce or an affair, someone's weight, height, shoe size, age or mental health, harmful gossip