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Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Lesson 2 of 14

Arriving at the Table

 

Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Lesson 2 of 14

Arriving at the Table

 

Lesson Info

Arriving at the Table

Let's talk about arriving at the table table manners really begin with knowing the rule that you're playing at a particular dinner. Oftentimes somebody's the host and they're people who are guests. And understanding which role you're playing is an important part of the expectation that you're gonna have for yourself and others once the meal begins. So if you're a host, if you're bringing guests to dinner, give them some indication of where to sit. If you're a guest, watch your host for cues. Don't procedure host to the table. Wait for them to arrive before you take a seat. If it's a more informal situation where you're enjoying the company of other people and there isn't a clear host or guest role that's established, take the seats at the table together. It's often times just a matter of how you approach the table and what's easiest for each person. If your host and you're thinking about what seat to offer your guest, really think about offering them the best seat in the house. Usually...

that's the seat with a back to the wall in the best view of the room, but it could have to do with the most trafficked area in the restaurant and not placing your guests with their back to that common walkway. So if your host think about your guest comfort if you're a guest, think about watching your host for cues. You're gonna be in great shape.

Class Description

The place where our manners are really put to the test is at the table. Eating a meal with others is a veritable minefield of potential blunders and gaffes, so if you’re planning to dine with work colleagues, superiors or clients, it’s wise for you to be fully versed in dining etiquette.

This course covers the fundamentals of table manners, addressing everything from place settings to holding utensils, good posture to appropriate conversation. Business dinners and power lunches are where so many key decisions are made and relationships are formed. So it’s imperative that you go in ready to impress and avoid unforced errors.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate a menu and wine list and order the right thing.
  • Hold utensils properly and understand the differences between American and Continental styles.
  • Deal with specific courses in the meal, from bread and butter to soup and salad.
  • Have good posture, eye contact and appropriate gesturing.
  • Handle it if you don’t like what you’ve ordered.
  • Toast your host or guest of honor.
  • End a meal properly and know when you can leave the table.

Reviews

Michael Friesen
 

Daniel's course provides an excellent overview of the essentials of dining etiquette. The content is contemporary and reflects the more relaxed atmosphere that prevails in most dining situations today. I would definitely recommend this course to a friend looking to review the basics of dining etiquette.

Jessica Ericson
 

This class is such a simple and refreshing course. I really enjoyed what he had to say, and he gives easy to use tips and tricks through out.

Nina Piorkowski
 

Daniel Post Senning offers a succinct and easy to follow course. I highly recommend!