Here at Crave Culinary Arts we have enjoyed many elegant, refined dinner guests with perfect manners and then we have had to endure some real doozies. We won’t name names but we had one, less than gentleman rest his well polished Corinthian leather loafers on our supremely set table, there was the toe nail picker, the woman who chose to eat most of a five course dinner with her fingers, and the man that retired from the dining table only to return in his boxer shorts. The list goes on but you get the point.
These manners detract from the behind the scenes effort our staff goes to in order to ensure a sublime culinary experience with a meticulously set table, impeccably dressed service staff and a five star meal diligently prepared to please the palate.
Social decorum in the United States has been waning for some time and the long ago days of elegant table manners seemingly fades into the distance. Today, we’re offering the ten most basic table manners that should be used in most settings; a fine dinner on the town, a notable social gathering and even in your own home.
TOP TEN TABLE MANNERS: (copyright of The Emily Post Institute) emilypost.com
1. Chew with your mouth closed.
2. 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.
3. Don’t use your utensils like a shovel or stab your food.
4. Don’t pick your teeth at the table.
5. Remember to use your napkin.
6. Wait until you’re done chewing to sip or swallow a drink. (Choking is clearly an exception.)
7. Cut only one piece of food at a time.
8. Avoid slouching and don’t place your elbows on the table while eating (though it is okay to prop your elbows on the table while conversing between courses, and always has been, even in Emily’s day).
9. Instead of reaching across the table for something, ask for it to be passed to you.
10. Take part in the dinner conversation.
When you choose propriety in social settings you elevate yourself from low standards to elegance in the stars! Later we’ll focus on the “well set table”. In the meantime, cheers to choosing refinement and good manners.
Crave Culinary Arts is a Private Chef and Catering Boutique and Gourmet Home Meal Delivery Service — servicing Roslyn, Cle Elum, Ronald, Ellensburg, Kittitas County and other Washington counties
Our private chef service and event catering provides on-site cooking for events ranging from intimate hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and small dinner parties to thematic social events, noteworthy celebrations and more.