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Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Lesson 11 of 14

Salad

 

Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Lesson 11 of 14

Salad

 

Lesson Info

Salad

There are a couple of manners that come to mind when I think about the salad course. The first has to do with whether or not you use your knife to cut salad, and you absolutely can. There was a traditional idea that you didn't use a knife to cut your salad because traditionally, knives were made of silver and the vinegar from the salad dressing could tarnish that silver. Well today, most of our table where is stainless steel, and it's okay to use a knife to cut your salad. In fact, there's a salad was popular a few years ago, that wedge salad or today's version of the Caesar salad with the whole leaf romain, where I even suggest that you cut it all up right at the start of the course with a couple clear cross hashes with your knife. Now it also works for big butter leaves for other leaves, or any salad that you need to break up before you're going to eat it. Once your salad is set on, the course has begun there a couple other things that come to mind. One is what do you do with those p...

esky cherry tomatoes? Well, This is the part where I get to remind everyone to chew with your mouth closed. This is one of the most important table man. Respect is probably one of the first table manners that any of us learn when we're growing up. Chew with your mouth closed. Don't talk with your mouth full. Don't gross out the people that you're eating with. Well, why is the cherry tomato a good reminder of that basic table manner? Because it can squirt. I used to think this was kind of silly. I would omit it from some of my table manners instruction until it happened to me. One day when I bit down my cherry tomato and it squirted right out of my mouth, I said, I'm never gonna skip this part of the lesson again. So she with your mouth closed, don't talk with your mouth full. It's really important. Something else that often comes up with the salad course is when ah server asked you whether you'd like some cracked pepper some Parmesan on your salad because this is being suggested by the restaurant. You can go ahead and accept. If you think that you would like that now if you're being served piece of meat or something that has been prepared for you, you want to taste it before you salt it before you use the seasoning that's provided on the table. If it's not being suggested by the restaurant, keep in mind these few basics, and you should be able to enjoy your salad and be ready for the main course when it arrives.

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!