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!
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