Set of rules or customs which control accepted behavior in a social group or situation.
PRE DINING ETIQUETTES:
1. As the host, confirmation must be taken a day or two prior to the dinner meet.
2. Re-confirm with the restaurant before leaving for the dinner meet.
3. Be sure to arrive on time.
4. Call ahead if you know you will be late.
5. Take care of all details ahead of time.
1. While finding a table on your own the host should take the lead.
2. Greet your guests once they arrive and make appropriate introduction.
3. Extend the best seat to your client or the most important guest making sure that nobody else feels unimportant.
1. Once seated, wait for your host to place the napkin on his/her lap.
2. Gently unfold and place your napkin on your lap when everyone is seated.
3. Never tuck your napkin into your belt, shirt or collar.
4. When meal is finished, place your used napkin to the right/left of your plate.
5. Do not use your napkin to wipe your face, neck, chin, etc.
Continental/European Style :
1. Knife in right hand, fork in left hand.
2. Eat food with fork still in left hand.
1. Wait for the host to order, unless he/she directs you to go first.
2. Do not order the most expensive item on the menu.
3. Stay away from messy, hard to eat foods.
4. Do not order alcohol unless your host does. Never order more than one drink.
1. Food is passed from left to right.
2. Pass the salt, pepper, butter and sauces to the right.
3. Always pass the salt and pepper as a pair.
1. The person closest to the basket or plate offers it to the person on his left, helps himself and passes to the person on his right.
1. Soupspoons are usually too large to fit completely in your mouth, therefore, sip from the side of the spoon.
2. Spoon your soup away from you towards the center or top of the bowl.
3. When finished, place the spoon on the right side of the under plate.
SEQUENCE OF COURSES:
4. Main course/Entrée
6. After dinner beverage