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Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Lesson 10 of 14

Soup

 

Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Lesson 10 of 14

Soup

 

Lesson Info

Soup

the manners for the soup course for eating soup are easy to remember because they're rooted in practicality. First of all, how do you eat soup correctly? Well, usually that means using a spoon. Of course, sometimes the Super Bowl will have little handles on it. That's an indication that it's okay to pick it up, but the vast majority of the time you're going to use a spoon to eat soup. So how do you use a spoon correctly? Well, it's not an airplane. You don't fly it into your mouth with handle pointing out away from you. Get off the side of a soup spoon. It was developed originally from a ladle, and we continue to use it that way to this day. Now what's another way? You might use a spoon incorrectly. Well, you don't suck or slurp soup off a spoon or poor soup off a spoon into your mouth. Open your mouth soup spoon. Go in, close your mouth. Whom comes out? Soup stays in. All right. So how do you get that soup into the spoon? To begin with? There's a little nursery rhyme that I've taught ...

Children that's helpful for remembering how to use a soup spoon correctly. You wanna dip away, drip away, tip away. What am I talking about here? When you're using that soup spoon to pick up suit, you want to scoop away from yourself. Oftentimes, there's a little drip on the bottom of that soup spoon that you need to clear off so it doesn't land in your lap, is you. Bring the spoon to your mouth. You can clear that drip off the side of the bowl that's away from you. And then finally, when it's time to eat that last delicious bite of soup, it's OK to tip your soup bowl, but you want to tip it away from yourself to do that. So dip away, clear the drip away and then tipped the bowl away from yourself. When you're eating soup, why is this so easy to remember? Because the whole point of this exercise is that you're not shoveling that food towards yourself and into your mouth in a way that it's likely to trip or spill all over you in the process. This can feel a little awkward, artificial if you've never tried it before, but once you've done it, a little bit will start to feel as natural and as easy as eating any other way

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!