A la Carte is literally translated as From the card . This is the type of menu we are most familiar with. There is a list of items for each course, each one separately priced. You order item-wise. There is a waiting period before your order arrives at the table. Remember, you have to pay for each dish you ask for
A: Yes, you spoon soup away from you. Click here for more!
MANAGING SOUP Q: Is it correct to say, ‘I have eaten my soup’? Meal Management A: Yes, soup is ‘eaten’; it is inappropriate to use ‘drink’ when referring to soup, no matter how clear the soup might be. Click here for more!
A. Once you are done eating, carefully place the napkin at the right of your place setting or if the plates have been cleared, place the napkin in the center without actually refolding to original state.
Q. If I want to be excused from the table for a few minutes but have not yet finished my meal, where should I leave my napkin?
A. When briefly leaving the table mid-meal, place your napkin on the chair to indicate to the server that you will be returning soon.
Q. What direction should food be passed at the table?
A. Food should be passed to the right or counter-clockwise.
Q. Is it wrong to stand when a lady excuses herself from the table? What is the proper etiquette when the woman excuses herself and returns?
A. In a social setting, it is always appropriate for a male to stand when a female is taking her leave. However, in a business setting, it is not always necessary for a male to rise whenever his female coworker(s) leave the table.
A. Yes, excuse yourself from the table, and at no time should you use your napkin as a handkerchief.
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