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Arriving at the Table

Lesson 2 from: Manners @ The Table: A Modern Guide to Dining Etiquette

Daniel Post Senning

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2. Arriving at the Table

Lesson Info

Arriving at the Table

Let's talk about arriving at the table table manners really begin with knowing the rule that you're playing at a particular dinner. Oftentimes somebody's the host and they're people who are guests. And understanding which role you're playing is an important part of the expectation that you're gonna have for yourself and others once the meal begins. So if you're a host, if you're bringing guests to dinner, give them some indication of where to sit. If you're a guest, watch your host for cues. Don't procedure host to the table. Wait for them to arrive before you take a seat. If it's a more informal situation where you're enjoying the company of other people and there isn't a clear host or guest role that's established, take the seats at the table together. It's often times just a matter of how you approach the table and what's easiest for each person. If your host and you're thinking about what seat to offer your guest, really think about offering them the best seat in the house. Usually...

that's the seat with a back to the wall in the best view of the room, but it could have to do with the most trafficked area in the restaurant and not placing your guests with their back to that common walkway. So if your host think about your guest comfort if you're a guest, think about watching your host for cues. You're gonna be in great shape.

Ratings and 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.

Leela Biswas

Great, short class! It covers the basic strokes of table manners. I’d have liked to see more coverage of fork usage, especially with tricky foods like feathery salad greens and rice.

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