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Basic Table Manners One should Follow

Table manners have evolved over centuries to make the practice of eating with others pleasant and sociable. With so many table manners to keep track, keep these basic, but oh-so-important, table manners in mind as you eat:

  1. Approaching the Table in a Restaurant. When being seated, if the maitre d’ leads the group to the table, the guests should follow the maitre d’ and the host should follow the guests. If the maitre d’ does not lead the group, the host should lead.
  2. In a restaurant, the guest of honor should sit in the best seat at the table. Usually that is one with the back of the chair to the wall. Once the guest of honor’s seat is determined, the host should sit to her left. Other people are then offered seats around the table.
  3. Keep your smartphone off the table and set to silent or vibrate. Wait to check calls and texts until you are finished with the meal and away from the table.
  4. Place your napkin in your lap immediately upon sitting down. Unfold it while it is in your lap.
  5. Menu Manners. Show the sommelier your selection and ask for his opinion, but place your finger on the price, rather than the name.
  6. Ready to Order. To show you are ready to order, close your menu and place it on the table.
  7. In most situations, use the “outside-in” rule to tell which knife, fork, or spoon to use at the dinner table. Use utensils on the outside first and work your way in with each new course.
  8.  Cutting Food. Cut your food into only one or two bite-sized pieces at a time.
  9.  Don’t Drink with a Full Mouth. To avoid leaving food on the rim of the vessel, make sure the mouth is free of food and blot the lips with a napkin before taking a sip of a beverage.
  10. Instead of reaching across the table for something, ask for it to be passed to you.
  11. Eat Quietly. Scraping a plate or loudly chewing is unpleasant to listen to and considered impolite. Smacking and slurping food are major mistakes and a sign of bad table manners.
  12. Elbows. The “no elbows on the table” rule applies only when you are actually eating. When no utensils are being used, putting your elbows on the table is acceptable.
  13. Unfamiliar Food. (1) Wait until someone else starts to eat and follow suit. (2) Ask how the food should be eaten (fingers or fork, for example). (3) Avoid the food altogether.
  14.  Hot Beverages. To test the temperature of a hot beverage, take a single sip from the side of the spoon.
  15.  Removing Unwanted Food from your Mouth. Food is removed from the mouth in the manner in which it is put into the mouth. Food put into the mouth with a utensil is removed with a utensil.
  16. Don’t pick your teeth at the table.
  17. When sneezing or coughing at the table is unavoidable, cover your nose or mouth with a napkin and proceed as quietly as possible. Except in an emergency, don’t use a napkin to blow your nose. Leave the table and use a handkerchief instead.
  18. White wine glasses are held by the stem, not the bowl. Red wine glasses may be held by the bowl.
  19. Always pass the salt and pepper together.
  20. Paying the Check in a Restaurant. If you are the host, inform the waiter or maitre d’ that you are to receive the check. Once the meal is finished, ask the waiter for the check.If there is no established host at a business lunch or dinner, the most senior professional is generally responsible for the check.
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