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Dining Etiquette 101
The tips are pointing to 11:00 it is correct .. Thank for the reminder!
Asparagus should be eaten with the fingers? Seriously?
Emily post would be so happy to see this
I need to learn this!
If salad comes after fish and meat during a formal dinner (according to the chart), but you use the flatware from the outside in, why are the salad fork and knife furthest out?
The way this one is set, the salad comes before the meat. If the salad fork is to the right of the dinner fork it comes after the meat. There are several ways to set a formal dinner depending on the number of courses served.
So thankful I had a grandma to teach me all of this when I was little :-)
I keep telling my kids they will thank me for this, because one day they'll be at a formal dinner and, rather than being self-conscious about which fork to use, they can perhaps enjoy a special experience.
Normally easy- use it from out to in... but I always forget in which direction :-(
We had to know this in High School to pass Home Economics!
Something so not taught today to young people....
I'm confused because I'm right handed and was taught to use my left hand for the knife...is that European?
great info at our hands, thanx for sharing
This is good stuff!!!
Because I sometimes forget!
You're so welcome! Thanks everyone for you comments.
Need to hang this on my kitchen wall for my boys!
Still - I get that 5:00 is correct, like in the picture. The wording in the picture says 11:00?
@heidi knife in right hand is European
@stacey I think Michelle stated it correctly that the tips are pointing to 11 o'clock
This could also cause a North America vs Europe debate on the holding utensils section. Hailing from the UK and now living in Sydney we use the knife and fork as described above. In the US I believe the etiquette is to slice up a number of pieces of food then rest the knife on the side of the plate, before transferring the fork to the right hand and proceeding to scoop food with prongs up. Sounds very uncouth to me but I hear the Americans think that the 'European' method (for want of a better descriptor) is uncouth. Can anyone confirm?!
Oh my goodness, no! I too have seen many people do that (slice up the entire chicken breast, then scoop it into their mouths like pigs), but it is most certainly not correct, and is definitely uncouth. they obviously were never introduced to formal dining.I think the only allowance is which hand is dominant, as it would be difficult for a person who is left handed to cut with their right hand. My grandmother (and mom and dad) was strict with table manners, and the only thing I can tell you, is one thanksgiving my cousin decided he would cut all his ham and then eat it a few bites at a time like you described. He was promptly excused from the table and told that only small children who cannot handle a knife get their food cut up first, and until he could act like he was thirteen, he was to sit in the kitchen so others didn't have to watch him stuff his face so rudely. I learned the knife is placed on the side of the plate if you wish to eat something that doesnt require a knife ( like a bite of bread) or take a drink. Then, you would pick it back up and cut another bite of meat when you wanted. Though I suppose that would depend on what is served during that course, or how the courses are seperated. Now I want to go find my copy of Emily Post to make sure.
Really, tell me the proper way with ettiquite for being reacting to "you have cancer". A little reality check is what is needed. Maybe some pot or whiskey, you tell me you all seem to know.
I'm right handed, but instinctively shoot pool AND use my knife like a lefty! When I lived in the UK, folk used their lefts and their rights to cut with a knife. I've also seen predominantly the fork stabbing method there too. It's so fun to see and try new ways to eat however proper (or not)!
Kathlene, it sounds like you're definitely going through a tough time right now. I don't think there is a right way to react in your case. Can we pray for you?
This reminds us that above all, manners are VERY cultural and vary from one side of the Atlantic to the other, not to mention non English speaking countries!
Glad to have this.
A lost art.. reminds me I am a complete social oaf..
ya, i will never need this info! lol
If you did not already know this, you are trashy! Sorry, but seriously!
Not trashy. I just eat how I'd like because eating is supposed to be ... you know, enjoyable. ;)
Everyone should know how to set the table.
How the hell is not knowing this trashy? What a douche thing to say
A lost art for sure!
It is an opinion! To me if you are over 15yrs old, that's being generous, you should know this.
Just in case the President stops by.
LOL @ being trashy if you didn't know this. Thanks for the laugh!
I believe the red & white wine glasses are reversed. They are in the correct position, but in all of my tastings & classes the red is in the "fuller" glass.
I'm American and left handed. I hold the fork in my left hand at all times, and like many lefties have managed to do many things such as wield the knife with my right. Because somehow my face and my seat mates faces are at more risk if I'm waving I fork in my right.
Kind of joking there, BTW. But with close seating quarters I am more graceful with fork in left hand.
@Paula, I'm with you! I'm a lefty and have never switched hands to use a knife--I'm not even sure I would be able to cut with my left hand.
This is a nice refresher! After taking my boys on a cruise knowing this info was very useful to share with them for our formal dinner.
Thank you for posting this - it is nice to have a visual to show my girls.
0's of us actually set a table like this
I honestly was never taught this. I come from a Mexican background maybe that's why? Regardless I'm not a trashy person, I know my manners and am not an animal at the dinner table. I say please and thank you, use the utensils I am given, use a napkin, rarely have to use my fingers, and don't chew with my mouth open. As long as I don't dine with royalty I think I'll do fine without dinner etiquette.