Dining Etiquette
 Modern Table Manners

Sit back and enjoy the evening while nibbling hors d'oeuvres and sampling a selection of wines.

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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

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Theresa Salameno