If nothing else, live by these four rules:
- Pay attention to your hosts – Being an observant diner and picking up on cues from your host will enable you to avoid 95% the embarrassing situations you could find yourself in. Simple things like waiting to eat until you see others eating and using the utensils others are using.
- Chew with your mouth closed and do not talk with food in your mouth – Yes, in the year 2014 we still have a problem with people chewing with their mouths wide open. The days of stuffing your mouth with as much food as it can hold are over.
- Bring your food to your face, not your face to your food – You shouldn’t be leaning over your food, shoveling it into your mouth with a distance traveled of only six inches. And never drink from your soup bowl.
- Say Thank You, Please, and Excuse Me – These small words are magic and should be used liberally.
If you think people don’t care about etiquette at the table as much as they used to, think again. One soup slurp or tooth pick is all it takes to turn some people off.
See you at the Etiquette dinner!
By Stephanie Velasco
VP of Advocacy