Fine Dining Etiquette

Remember those etiquette classes you never wanted to attend because you thought it was a waste of time as it didn’t count towards your examination results? Now you may be reaping the rewards if skipping those classes. You may feel awkward and peasant like when you are brought to dine in fine restaurant because your table etiquette is quite rusty. The reason why I say that you are brought to the restaurant is because we all know that you wouldn’t plunge yourself bead first into embarrassment. There are many tips and tricks that you can learn during your adult life to help you dine like the queen at the table.

When you first sit down all your knives and forks are articulately arranged. Forks sit on the left-hand side and knives and spoons on the right. Work from the outside in. That’s the magic trick. If you forget this simple trick wait until the host starts eating. Pretend that you are simply enjoying the splendor and complex notes of the wine you are having. Do not scoop with the fork. The fork is only to pin down food to the plate. Also, if you get nervous with all the cutlery around and drop it, leave it there. The server will get you new one immediately. Dessert does not equal pudding. Confusing right? Some restaurants serve both a pudding and a dessert. Pudding is a sweet course, while dessert is some fruit or a cheeseboard with wine. Always ask the hostess to be excused from the table and place your napkin on your seat, so that the server knows you plan to return. This isn’t being fancy or snotty it is just table manners. Remember you are dining with many other people.

Fine Dining Etiquette

Ever see people tuck a napkin into their shirt in movies when are eating somewhere fancy? Yeah, don’t do that. Apart from looking like a door knob it is no longer a dining practice. Place your napkin on your knees and only dab off excess oils or food with it. Don’t go swiping your face, hands and whatever else with the napkin as if you just had a serving platter of wings and ribs by yourself. I’m sure everyone knows this one. When you are toasting someone else, you stand but if the toast is in your honor, you will stay comfortably seated. When toasting, you have to raise a glass in the towards the other guests, but do not touch glasses with them. This is not about dining, but it is about actually getting into the restaurant. Always find out the dress code before you go out and adhere to it strictly as some restaurants will refuse you admittance if you are not dressed according to their dress code. Always remember can make a very formal outfit look less formal than a casual outfit look formal. These steps are the key pointers anyone who likes (or wishes) to fine dine should look out for.

 

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