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Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Lesson 9 of 14

Bread

 

Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Lesson 9 of 14

Bread

 

Lesson Info

Bread

Oftentimes the first food to arrive at the table is bread. So how do you eat that bread? Well, first, you're gonna take a piece of bread and get it onto your bread plate. Now, if it's a role or pre sliced bread, this is relatively easy to do. What if it's one of those partially sliced loaves? Well, usually they're presented with a napkin underneath. You're gonna place that napkin over the part of the bread that you're going to be touching so that you don't get your hand on the food that other people are going to eat. Then you'll tear off the piece that you're gonna eat. Put that on your bread plate. This is also a good reminder that there's a basket of rules. You're not gonna touch any bread that you're not gonna take yourself effect any time. It's a communal serving dish. You just want to serve yourself what you're going to eat and not touch or mess with the food that you're not going to be eating. So once you've got that piece of bread or that role on your bread plate, how do you pro...

ceed? Well, you don't want a slather butter on that piece of bread and then tear off pieces with your teeth. The idea here is that you're gonna break off bite size pieces and butter those bite sized pieces because you're gonna be repeating the process of buttering the bread again and again. It's a really good idea to take a pat of butter or some butter out of the communal butter dish and place it on your bread plate so you break off that bite sized piece of bread. Butter it to eat that piece breaking butter breaking butter. Repeat this process for as long as you want. Enjoy.

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!