Toasting and Alcohol
toasting. It's a great way to honor an occasion or honor someone at a meal. Now, when many people think about toasting, they think about weddings. But it doesn't need to be an occasion like a wedding. Toasting particularly informal toasting is a great way toe taken experience up a notch. Now, some thing that often comes up when you think about toasting is Do I need to be drinking alcohol to toast? You don't. In fact, there's never an expectation that you're drinking alcohol at a meal, particularly business situations. You're never expected to drink, and you never expected to explain your reasons for not drinking. If you do decide to drink, it's important to know your limits and stick to them. Remember, safety trumps etiquette. If there's ever a situation where you don't feel comfortable drinking or someone that you're with has had too much to drink, don't be shy. Don't be afraid to mention it, to figure out a way to get home safely. Now, having said that, let's talk about toasting just...
a little bit informal situations. Everyone's going to stand. The host is going to lead the toast. The guest of honor is going toe follow on, going to respond with a toast of their own. Everyone raises their glass, and the person who's being toasted doesn't drink informally. Everyone can stay seated, and anyone can lead an informal toast. Say that you want to propose a toast. Be sure that everyone has a drink in front of them. Hold your glass up. You don't need toe touch or clink glasses, but try to make eye contact with everybody before you drink. Saying this used to be an important part of formal dining situations. Newspapers used to publish the toast that were offered at public events today. It's just a great way toe taken occasion up a notch. I encourage you to give toasting a try at your next meal with friends and family, or even if you have people over to your home for dinner.
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.