Culinary etiquette is very important.
Deciding how to eat or where to put your spoon becomes the last thing on your mind when you see a nice bowl of pepper soup, but it is important to eat with a panache. Being a Foodie means doing it right, that’s why we have put together a list of basic culinary etiquette to help you. These culinary etiquettes are necessary to follow in a public gathering, cooperate dinners, etc. Remember, a Foodie always eats with style.
Leave one hand empty: If you ever need to stand during a cooperate dining, remember you can only hold food or drink with one hand. You need to leave the other hand bare in case you need to shake or welcome somebody.
Free your mouth: Be sure that your mouth isn’t full whenever you need to speak. It would be embarrassing to have food particles fly from your mouth to someone’s shirt, to avoid this, make sure there is nothing in your mouth if you need to speak.
Stand to greet: For dates or corporate dining, it is important to stand to greet your guests. This means you would have to set aside your meal or drink for a while. Always remember this.
Heads up: If you would be running late, it is important to inform your guest or date. This is also social etiquette.
Keep the table clean: It is unacceptable to put your bag, purse, or briefcase on the table. Always put your property on the floor beside you.
Don’t pause: When asked to pass seasoning or any dish on the table, don’t use it before passing it. Just pass it to whoever asked.
Check your order: It is unacceptable to order the most expensive thing on the menu, whether or not, your host encourages it. Unless you are with your circle of friends, do not consider ordering anything with alcohol in it.
Keep in check: As much as it is okay to be yourself, dates and cooperate dining is the wrong place to order a meal you’ve never had or a meal that would require you to struggle. In simple words, try to avoid strong meat or a dish you’ve never had.
Don’t ask: Don’t ask to try someone else’s meal if they didn’t offer it. If they offer, kindly decline unless they insist. That’s basic culinary etiquette.
Closeout: Always place your napkin on the table, lay your cutlery diagonally across the plate, and thank the waitress, chef, and host when you are done.
Have you ever messed up an etiquette? Learnt something new? let us know in the comments.