Etiquettes to Follow while Fine Dining

Eiquettes for standard restaurant has a bit loosened in recent times. But, formal dining conduct and etiquettes are still prevalent in finishing schools and etiquettes classes. They are honored at all fine-dining establishments in both America and Europe.

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Let’s check out a few etiquettes of formal dining to follow even if you are hosting in your home, serving delivery that you are trying to pass off as cooking. Find the below unexpected fine-dining etiquettes you probably haven’t been following.

1. Never lift your menu off the table.

Informal dining, the menu should always be touching the table in one place. So if you’re looking at the list, make sure to have the bottom, or at least a part of it, still touching the table, even if the impulse is to bring it closer to the face.

2. Once we sip from a glass, we must sip from the same place on that glass for the rest of the dining.

When we drink, we want to drink from the same side on the glass every time to avoid lip ring on it, whether it’s from chapsticks or lipstick or natural oils. We are supposed to put the glass back in the same place from where we picked it up.

3. Don’t clink. Not even for the ‘gram.

Clinking for cheers could damage the glass, especially if you’re using excellent glassware. The less noise we make, the better, in very formal dining.

4. Never ask for the oyster fork.

If there is no oyster fork available on the table, don’t ask for one. The non-availability of the oyster fork means that the oyster already is loosened uo and ready to be eaten. If for any reason, there is still a bit of oyster attached to the shell, you can use a knife to loosen it. Once we have finished the oyster, turn the crust over on the plate to signal that we are done.

5. Keep the rim of plates as neat and clean as possible.

This is only out of respect and care for the service staff who are there to clear the tables and would be grabbing the edge of the plate while handling them.

6. Place “food discards” on the upper left part of the plate.

The upper left part of the plate is for discards. Let’s say we had a lemon rind you didn’t want to eat; that would go on the upper left-hand part of your plate. Or a fishbone. The bottom right is for butter and sauces.

7. Keep the bread on the plate at all times unless delivering it into the mouth.

We should butter the bread while it is still on the plate, but not whole slice at once. Break the piece you plan to eat, butter it, and then lift the part to put in the mouth. This applies also to bagels, muffins, biscuits, and other bread-like products.

8. Fold the napkin with the crease toward yourself before putting it in the lap.

Napkins must be folded in half with the crease facing toward yourself. We don’t ever wipe stains, and we dab stains. And we fold to close the napkin, and so all the stains stay closed on the inside of the napkin, so we will never have a messy presentation for the guest.

9. Never say – going to the restroom.

If we have to leave to use the restroom, excuse yourself. But never have to say why!

10. Don’t say, bon appetit.

The expression isn’t proper here or in France. When people use it, it sounds like an invitation for good digestion and suggests that we are so hungry that we may jump on any food that would cross the mouth. Instead say, “Please enjoy.”

11. Leave one bite left on the plate.

This shows that we enjoyed the meal, but we weren’t so hungry to clean the whole plate—which indicate that we are still hungry, or it wasn’t enough food.