Modern Table Manners
Sit back and enjoy the evening while nibbling hors d'oeuvres and sampling a selection of wines.
In this hands-on tutorial we focus on the US and European styles of dining and explain table settings for simple three course meals through to nine course formal banquet events. Dining etiquette "know how" helps you interpret your personal place setting and use your flatware and glassware correctly thereby avoiding faux pas. Tips for conversation skills include chatting with all your fellow guests, not only those on either side of you, and the avoidance of controversial topics ensures the evening will be enjoyed by all. Casual dining has become the norm but it is useful to know the protocols of dining or hosting a formal event when those special occasions arise.
Five Main Styles of Dining
Understanding Your Place Setting
Dinnerware, Flatware, Stemware & Linens
Dining Finesse & Table Manners
Formal Service, Buffet Dining & Casual Meals
Eating Difficult & Unusual Foods
Seating Protocols & The Art of Conversation
Making Toasts & Giving Thanks