Etiquette Knowledge Base : Table Manners & Dining Etiquette
Q. Is it considered rude to take a sip of your drink while still chewing? A. It is considered good manners to wait until you have finished chewing and have swallowed your food before taking a sip of your beverage.
Q. What is the correct position for a coffee cup in a formal place setting? A. The coffee cup and saucer is placed to the right of the place setting, to the right of the furthest utensil. Since most people are right-handed, the handle should face to the right.
Q. After the completion of a formal dinner, where do you place your utensils? A. Place the knife and fork parallel to one another across the plate with the knife blade facing inward toward the plate. Position the knife and fork in the position of ten o’clock to four o’clock. For more information on dining etiquette, please consult the Manners 2000 Volume 1 Social Graces and Table Manners Video.
Q. How should I fold a large napkin before placing it in my lap? A. Large dinner napkins should be folded in half after opening and before placing on one's lap.
Q. Is it proper for a woman to apply lipstick at the table after a meal? A. It is appropriate for a woman to excuse herself and apply lipstick in a private area such as a restroom.
Q. When should the host/hostess of a dinner party be served? A. The host hostess of a dinner party should be the last one served. If the meal is getting cold, the host/hostess may state something to the effect, "Please begin while the food is still warm".
Q. At a formal dinner party, how do I properly serve and remove the dishes and glasses? A. When entertaining formally, dishes are presented or served at guest's left and removed from the right side. Glasses are filled from the right.
Q. When dining at a fine restaurant should you eat different types of food on your plate individually or eat all the food groups together? A. It is appropriate to eat all items together as the different foods complement one another.
Q. When eating meat, should you cut one piece, put your knife down, then eat the piece, or should you cut all of your meat up first, and then eat the meat? A. When eating meat, should you cut one piece, put your knife down, then eat the piece, or should you cut all of your meat up first, and then eat the meat? When eating meat, always cut and eat one small piece at a time. If you are eating American style, you may put your knife down, switch your fork to your other hand and eat your bite. If you are eating continental style, you may cut the piece of meat and eat it without putting setting your knife on your plate. Continental Dining Style is becoming more prevalent today and is considered the preferred method of eating.
Q. What direction should food be passed at the table?
A. Food should be passed to the right, or counter-clockwise, For additional information on dining etiquette, please consult Manners 2000 Volume I Social Graces and Table Manners Video.
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. What is the proper etiquette when the woman excuses herself and returns? Answer: 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.
Q. Should you dismiss yourself from the table if you need to sneeze or blow your nose? A. Yes, excuse yourself from the table, and at no time should you use your napkin as a handkerchief.
Q. When dining out, is it okay to share your food with the others at the table for tasting purposes? A. Yes, it is appropriate to share when others at the table are also willing to share. However, always request additional small plates and clean utensils for dividing the shared food.
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