Dining Etiquette

Tips

  • Follow your host’s lead – if they’re first in line to order, choose something similar to what they order. For example, if they opt for a salad, try not to go for the prime rib.
  • Before the meal, shake hands with anyone already sitting at the table. If necessary, introduce yourself. Be sure to remain standing until your host sits.
  • Cut only enough food for the next mouthful, cut no more than a few bites of food at a time. Eat in small bites and slowly. Do not “play with” your food or utensils.
  • Don’t argue over the check or offer to pay the tip the host who invited you must take care of both. Be sure to kindly thank your host for the meal; shake hands before you leave and maintain good eye contact.
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