Last Thursday was a night full of learning proper etiquette and eating delicious food (for free). That’s right – it was the Etiquette Dinner sponsored by the Academic and Career Advising Center. Everything was 100% on point that night!
Not only did I eat a scrumptious three course meal, but I learned tons of valuable information. I have always had good table manners, but did you know when someone asks for the salt you are supposed to pass the salt and pepper together as one. The rule states: treat the salt and pepper as if they are married, they always stay together. The same rule goes to the cream and sugar too!
There are two different types of eating styles: American/Zigzag and European. Personally, I enjoy eating European style the best! Here is the break down:
“In America, the most common style of dining is the “zigzag” style, which is sometimes referred to as the American style. Using the “zigzag” style, hold your knife in the right hand and fork, tines (prong on the fork) down, in the left hand. After cutting your food, place the knife in the upper right edge of the plate. Switch the fork to the right hand and eat a piece of food with the fork, tines up.”
“Europe, Latin America and many other countries use the European “Continental” style of dining etiquette. The primary distinction between this style and the zigzag style is that the fork remains in the left hand with the tines down. In America, this style is only considered acceptable when the person is a foreigner or a citizen who was born in another country.”
Other important things I learned:
- If you excuse yourself from the table, place napkin in chair to inform waiter you are coming back to the table.
- If you are finished eating, place napkin to the left of your place as you are getting up from the table.
- Never place a used knife, spoon, or fork on the table or table cloth. Rest the utensil on your main plate or bread plate.
- Bread: Break off a piece of your bread, butter, then eat. Repeat. Do not butter the whole piece of bread at once.
- Pass food from the left to the right.
And I hope we all know to never do this when eating lunch or dinner with a group of potential co-workers!
Which eating style do you prefer?!