Don’t Talk With Your Mouth Full and Other Helpful Formal Dining Tidbits

Table manners

Perplexed as to how to handle all three forks to the left of your plate? Or just need some friendly reminders? This video from “The Distilled Man” is a thorough and entertaining 10 minute guide for your next formal dining experience.

Table Manners 101: Basic Dining Etiquette

Some takeaways from the video:

  • Exercising manners shows consideration towards others.
  • No phones!
  • Napkin goes on lap.
  • Use utensils from “out” to “in” for each course.
  • It’s OK to eat corn-on-the-cob, etc., with your fingers!
  • If leaving your place at the table, to make sure servers do not take your plate before you are done, place your fork and your knife at the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock position, respectively.

And it’s good to stay away from talking about religion and politics in formal company in most contexts!

Fun reads

“10 Rude Manners That Are Actually Polite in Other Countries”
In China, it’s OK to “burp and slurp.”

“A Humorous Approach to Table Manners – The Pig Who Saved Dinner”
A great way to teach table manners to children…

“The Rudest Things You Can Do When You’re Eating, According To Etiquette Experts”
The #1 sin is to make dining out all about food and not the people we are with.

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