Dining Etiquette


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Dining Etiquette

  1. 1. DINING ETIQUETTE Attention should be focused on people, not on food.
  2. 2. How to make restaurant reservations? <ul><li>Restaurant reservations are like any other appointment. </li></ul><ul><li>If you make a reservation, stick to it. </li></ul><ul><li>Call ahead if you’re going to be more than 15 minutes late. </li></ul><ul><li>Cancel as far in advance as possible. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Getting seated…. <ul><li>Never take your seat before being invited to do so by your host.  </li></ul><ul><li>The gentleman should always help the lady be seated. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not ever run around trying to help the ladies not sitting directly next to you . </li></ul><ul><li>Always take your seat from the left side of the chair. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to use napkins? <ul><li>The meal begins when the host or hostess unfolds his or her napkin. </li></ul><ul><li>This is your signal to do the same. </li></ul><ul><li>Pick up your napkin by a corner and let it fall open. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not shake it open. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't clean the cutlery or wipe your face or nose with the napkin. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Using Napkins Cont…. <ul><li>The napkin rests on the lap till the end of the meal. </li></ul><ul><li>If you excuse yourself from the table, loosely fold the napkin and place it to the left or right of your plate. </li></ul><ul><li>Never place your napkin on your chair. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The host will signal the end of the meal by placing his or her napkin on the table. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the meal, leave the napkin semi-folded at the left side of the place setting. </li></ul>Using Napkins Cont….
  7. 7. When to start eating? <ul><li>Wait until all are served at your table before beginning to eat. </li></ul><ul><li>When your host or hostess picks up their fork to eat, then you may eat. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Table setting…. <ul><li>Eat to your left, drink to your right. </li></ul><ul><li>At formal dinners, the food is served from the left and the dishes are removed from the right. </li></ul><ul><li>Start with the knife, fork, or spoon that is farthest from your plate. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Table setting
  10. 10. How to use the utensils? <ul><li>Hold knife in the right hand and fork in the left hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Eat food with fork still in left hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Difference between American and Continental styles. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Cont…. <ul><li>Hold the knife and fork in your hand with the tines pointed down throughout the entire eating process. </li></ul><ul><li>If you want to take a drink put down both the utensils on the plate. </li></ul><ul><li>Always rest forks, knives, and spoons on the side of your plate or in the bowl. </li></ul>
  12. 12. How to use glasswares? <ul><li>Hold the glass by its stem. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not drink when there is still food in your mouth. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not the empty the glass. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Drinking soup…. <ul><li>Dip the spoon into the soup, until it is about two-thirds full, then sip the liquid from the side of the spoon. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not slurp the soup or insert the whole spoon into the mouth. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not blow on the soup to cool it off. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Cont…. <ul><li>Do not put in big pieces of bread into your soup. </li></ul><ul><li>Break the bread into small pieces by hand. </li></ul><ul><li>It is perfectly fine to tilt the bowl slightly to get the last spoonful or two of soup. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Cont…. <ul><li>Tip the bowl away from you, not toward you. </li></ul><ul><li>Place the spoon in the bowl when you want to rest. </li></ul><ul><li>When you are finished, leave the spoon on the plate beneath the bowl. </li></ul>
  16. 16. How to eat bread? <ul><li>Use your fingers to remove bread from the serving plate/bread basket. </li></ul><ul><li>Pass the basket/any food always to your right. </li></ul><ul><li>If bread is handed out by a waiter, allow the waiter to use bread tongs to place it on the plate. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Cont…. <ul><li>Break apart the bread into small pieces using your fingers. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not cut or bite. </li></ul><ul><li>Add butter to each small piece of bread in your bread & butter plate. </li></ul><ul><li>Place the butter knife horizontally on bread plate. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Cont…. <ul><li>Take enough butter from the butter dish and place it on your dish using the butter knife. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not “double dip” into the butter dish. </li></ul><ul><li>Carefully and neatly spread the butter and eat the small broken piece. </li></ul>
  19. 19. How to eat sandwiches? <ul><li>Small sandwiches may be picked up and eaten with your fingers. </li></ul><ul><li>Large sandwiches should be cut with your knife before lifting and eating. </li></ul><ul><li>Any hot sandwich served with a gravy requires a knife and fork. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Eating the main course…. <ul><li>DO NOT talk with food in your mouth! </li></ul><ul><li>Always taste your food before seasoning it. </li></ul><ul><li>If asked for the salt or pepper, pass both together. </li></ul><ul><li>Always use serving utensils to serve yourself, not your personal silverware. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Cont…. <ul><li>Don't blow on your food to cool it off. </li></ul><ul><li>Cut only enough food for the next mouthful. </li></ul><ul><li>Do eat a little of everything on your plate. </li></ul><ul><li>It is acceptable to leave some food on your plate if you are full or unable to eat. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not &quot;play with&quot; your food or utensils. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Do not hold food on the fork or spoon while talking. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not wave your silverware in the air or point with it. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to pace your eating so that you don’t finish before others are halfway through. </li></ul><ul><li>Once used, your utensils, including the handles, must not touch the table again. </li></ul>Cont….
  23. 23. Cont…. <ul><li>Always rest forks, knives, and spoons on the side of your plate or in the bowl. </li></ul><ul><li>It is never acceptable to ask a person why they have not eaten all the food. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't make an issue if you don't like something or can't eat it - keep silence. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not request food other than which is being served. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Eating desserts…. <ul><li>Dessert is a course that typically comes at the end of a meal. </li></ul><ul><li>It usually consists of sweet food. </li></ul><ul><li>Common desserts include cakes, cookies, fruits, pastries, ice cream, and candies. </li></ul><ul><li>Always use the dessert spoon and the dessert knife. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Drinking wine…. <ul><li>Never turn a wine glass upside down to decline wine. </li></ul><ul><li>It is more polite to let the wine be poured and not draw attention. </li></ul><ul><li>Otherwise, hold your hand over the wine glass to signal that you don't want any wine. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Placing knife, fork and spoon after completing food….
  27. 27. Using arms and legs…. <ul><li>Rest your arms in your lap when you aren't eating. </li></ul><ul><li>If you gesture with your hands during a meal conversation, you may rest only your forearms on the table. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the arms still when in your lap, and avoid the urge to fidget. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Cont…. <ul><li>Don't rest your elbows on the table while you dine. </li></ul><ul><li>Never stretch your arms at the table. It signifies boredom. </li></ul><ul><li>If you feel the urge to stretch or fidget while dining, excuse yourself from the table and take a break. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Simple, Good Manners…. <ul><li>Always respond to an invitation within a week of receiving it. </li></ul><ul><li>Dress properly as per the occasion. NEVER attempt to &quot;out dress&quot; the host! </li></ul><ul><li>Be punctual - never more than 10 minutes late. </li></ul><ul><li>If you wish to bring a guest as your partner, you should always check with the host first. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Cont…. <ul><li>Never carry any gifts for the host or the hostess. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid loud eating noises such as slurping and burping as they are considered very impolite. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't stretch across the table crossing other guests to reach food or to pass the food. </li></ul><ul><li>Picking teeth or licking fingers are very unattractive! </li></ul>
  31. 31. Cont…. <ul><li>Drinking too much wine can be very embarrassing! </li></ul><ul><li>If you drop a piece of food on the table, don't panic. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't correct others if they aren't using proper etiquette. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Cont…. <ul><li>Don't forget to make polite conversation with those guests around you. </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a role model and compare your behavior with them if you are not sure. </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><ul><li>T H A N K Y O U </li></ul></ul>