What is Etiquette? Set of rules orcustoms which controlaccepted behavior inparticular social groupsor social situations
What is the Difference between Eating and Dining ? Dining is an art ! When you eat, you only please the palate.
PRE-DINING ETIQUETTEPunctuality • Be on time - no one wants to be kept waiting. • If it is an unavoidable delay, try to contact the person.Greeting and Introduction •A good and firm handshake is important.
Getting Seated Never take your seatbefore being invited to doso by your host. The Gentlemen mustalways help the lady to beseated first. Always take your seatfrom the left side of thechair Wait until everyone isseated before eating.
How to use Napkin ? Place your napkin on your lap after everyone at yourtable has been seated. Do not open your napkin in mid-air. When a meal is completed, place your napkin to theright of your plate - never on the plate.
Dining Posture Sit straight and try not to leanon the table. Keep your elbows off the tableand close to the body when youare eating. However, when you stop totalk, it is okay to rest your elbowson the table and lean forward.
How to use the utensils(Silverware) ? If a piece of silverwaredrops, leave it and ask for areplacement from yourserver. Silverware should nottouch the tablecloth onceused. Place knife at the top ofthe dinner plate, facing in,after use. When you are finished,place your knife and fork inthe center of your plate.
Serving Food Do not reach across the tablefor an item - politely ask theperson next to you to pass. Pass food to the right Plates are served on the left. Pass the salt and peppertogether.
Dining Wait until everyone isseated before eating. When dining with others,everyone should start andfinish at the same time. If youare a fast eater try to paceyourself. You could make the othersfeel uncomfortable if you finishbefore they do. When you are finishedeating do not push your plateaway from you.
Take small bites, keep yourmouth closed and finish chewingbefore continuing yourconversation. Try not to gulp your food, itisnt very attractive. Do not blow on food that ishot. Wait until it cools or eat fromthe side of the bowl, whenhaving soup. Cut meat one piece at a time Rest silverware on your platewhen speaking
Excusing Yourself and Problems Be discrete if you have problem with the food. Remove food the same way it went in-on silverware. Excuse yourself, if you have to leave the table. Turn your head from the table when you cough orsneeze.
Paying the BillYou should prearrange how the bill is being paid.If being treated by someone, always thank them.Avoid struggling about who gets the bill.
Do’s During Dining Do remember the proper table manners. Do try a little of everything served to you unless youknow you’re allergic to acertain food. Do avoid talking with your mouth full. Do take small bites. Do remove an object such as a bone or gristle fromyour mouth with your thumb and index finger and placeit on the rim of your plate.
• Do butter bread on the plate, never in midair.• Do take a quick sip of water if a bite of food is toohot.• Do wait until you have swallowed your food in yourmouth before you take a sip of you beverage.• Do leave dropped silver on the floor. Quietly signalthe wait staff to bring anotherpiece.• Do look into, not over the cup or glass whendrinking.
Donts During Dining• Don’t overload your plate.• Don’t overload the fork.• Don’t mop your face with your napkin.• Don’t spread your elbows when cuttingmeat. Keep them close to your sides wheneating.• Don’t chew with your mouth open.• Don’t saw the meat in a back and forthmotion. Stoke it toward you.
•Don’t smack your lips. Eat very quietly.• Don’t push your plate away from you when you’vefinished eating.• Don’t gesture with your knife, fork, or spoon in yourhand. If you’re not using theutensil put it down.• Don’t eat your neighbor’s food