Although there are many rules to proper dining etiquette here are a few Do’s and Don’ts you can use right away as published by the Fiji Times.
Dining Etiquette Don’ts:
Don’t talk while chewing your food: swallow your food first, then engage in a conversation.
Don’t refold your napkin when leaving the dining table for a moment. Place your napkin on the back of your chair or your seat. Don’t blow on your food if it’s too hot—wait a moment until it cools off. Don’t make any offensive noises while dining with others—no slurping or burping. Don’t hold your utensils in a dagger position.
Dining Etiquette Do’s:
Use your napkin every two or three bites while dining. Place your water or wine glass on the right-hand side of your table setting. Return your glass to the same spot so that your dining partner does not drink from your glass. Cut only one-bite size piece of food at a time.
Work from the outside-in when dealing with your silverware. Swallow your food before you take a sip of your beverage or water.
Place your dinner napkin at the left of your plate when finished eating – this is silent signal that you will be leaving the table.
It can be confusing and overwhelming when you don’t know which cutlery to use, how to avoid an awkward situation when the bill arrives, or how to eat a difficult food, like lobster, for example.
If you find yourself entertaining clients over a business dinner or you need to send your top executives out to power lunch meetings consider a dining etiquette workshop for your staff that will give your people the confidence they need to seal the deal without having to focus their energy on how to eat their lobster or settle the bill.
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For an amazing virtual experience consider our online dining etiquette program where you’ll think you are at a dining table with an instructor guiding you every step of the way!