How to Properly Eat Soup

August 26, 2014  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Dining Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

How to Properly Eat Soup My blog focus for the month of August is all about etiquette surrounding what I love most - food, wine and dining! It’s true - you “eat” soup, not “drink” it.  As a dining etiquette expert, as well as a business person that attends many meetings that take place over a meal, I have observed many different “styles” of how people eat their soup. For many, how to properly eat soup is a mystery! Here are 12 dining etiquette tips that take the mystery out of how to do so, and ensure that the next time you are eating soup, you have the technique mastered: 1. The soup spoon will be placed on the far right of your main plate, to the right of the knives.  It is served before the main course. Use your utensils from the outside, in. 2.Soup is often served in (a) a wide, shallow soup plate, (b) a deeper soup bowl, (c) a small bouillon cup, about the size of a teacup, for clear broth or, (d) a two-handled bouillon cup for cream soups. 3. The soup spoon ...

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Posture at the Table and Excusing Yourself

August 20, 2014  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Dining Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Posture at the Table and Excusing Yourself My blog focus for the month of August is all about etiquette surrounding what I love most - food, wine and dining! Everything I needed to know about table manners, I learned when I was a child.  While the rules of etiquette change and evolve over time, the basics still hold true. Two of the most important things to remember at the dining table that will never go out of style are proper posture and excusing yourself. Tips for Proper Posture at the Table: Sit straight, but not stiffly, against the back of the chair and rest both feet flat on the floor. Elbows should be kept close to your sides when eating; move them forward and backward to convey food to the mouth and to manipulate the utensils. Elbows or forearms are never placed on the table. In the American style of eating, place one hand on the lap and rest the wrist of the other hand on the table’s edge with the hand extending over the table top. In the American style of eating, you can also rest ...

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Dining Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts for Business Success

August 15, 2014  |   Blogs,Business Etiquette,Dining Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Dining Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts for Business Success My blog focus for the month of August is all about etiquette surrounding what I love most - food, wine and dining! Understanding and possessing proper dining skills is vital in today's business world. Business meetings are no longer just the domain of a closed-door boardroom; many take place outside of the office and are conducted at a restaurant over a meal. Possessing proper table manners is a must in the business world because people equate poor dining manners with poor business practices.  Good table manners allow you to concentrate on the important task of any business meal - and that is to participate. Next time you attend or host a business event that takes place over a meal, apply the following “do’s and don’ts” to ensure you leave a positive first impression and create an opportunity to build positive, productive and prosperous business relationships. Dining Etiquette Do’s: Take small bites when eating your meal as you will find it is easier to answer questions or join in table talk. Wait until you have swallowed the food in your mouth before you take a sip of ...

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