Table Manners & Etiquettes and Table Setting

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Published on September 15, 2010

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Table Etiquettes And Manners & Table Settings : Table Etiquettes And Manners & Table Settings America Compared To India - Rohit Ahuja, 8G. Roll No : 4 THE PERFECT DINING IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA : THE PERFECT DINING IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA How Do I Use My Napkin ? : How Do I Use My Napkin ? The American Table Etiquettes And Manners : The American Table Etiquettes And Manners How Do I use Napkins ? In a restaurant: As soon as you are seated, remove the napkin from your place setting, unfold it, and put it in your lap. Do not shake it open. At some very formal restaurants, the waiter may do this for the diners, but it is not inappropriate to place your own napkin in your lap, even when this is the case . The napkin rests on the lap till the end of the meal. Don't clean the cutlery or wipe your face with the napkin. NEVER use it to wipe your nose! If you excuse yourself from the table, loosely fold the napkin and place it to the left or right of your plate. Do not refold your napkin or wad it up on the table either. Never place your napkin on your chair. At the end of the meal, leave the napkin semi-folded at the left side of the place setting. It should not be crumpled or twisted; nor should it be folded. The napkin must also not be left on the chair.  At a private dinner party: The meal begins when the host or hostess unfolds his or her napkin. This is your signal to do the same. Place your napkin on your lap, completely unfolded if it is a small luncheon napkin or in half, lengthwise, if it is a large dinner napkin. Do not shake it open. The napkin rests on the lap till the end of the meal. The host will signal the end of the meal by placing his or her napkin on the table. Once the meal is over, you too should place your napkin neatly on the table to the left of your dinner plate. (Do not refold your napkin, but don't wad it up, either.) Im Hungry! When Do I Start Eating ?? : Im Hungry! When Do I Start Eating ?? The American Table Etiquettes And Manners : The American Table Etiquettes And Manners When to start eating:  In a restaurant:  Wait until all are served at your table before beginning to eat. At a private dinner party: When your host or hostess picks up their fork to eat, then you may eat. Do not start before this unless the host or hostess insists that you start eating. How Do I Use My Silverware and Dinnerware ? : How Do I Use My Silverware and Dinnerware ? The American Table Etiquettes And Manners : The American Table Etiquettes And Manners How to use your silverware and dinnerware: Here's the Silverware and dinnerware rule: Eat to your left, drink to your right. Any food dish to the left is yours, and any glass to the right is yours. Starting with the knife, fork, or spoon that is farthest from your plate, work your way in, using one utensil for each course. The salad fork is on your outermost left, followed by your dinner fork. Your soup spoon is on your outermost right, followed by your beverage spoon, salad knife and dinner knife. Your dessert spoon and fork are above your plate or brought out with dessert. If you remember the rule to work from the outside in, you'll be fine. Use The method when using the fork and knife: American Style:  Knife in right hand, fork in left hand holding food. After a few bite-sized pieces of food are cut, place knife on edge of plate with blades facing in. Eat food by switching fork to right hand (unless you are left handed). A left hand, arm or elbow on the table is bad manners. REMEMBER :- Once used, your utensils, including the handles, must not touch the table again. Always rest forks, knives, and spoons on the side of your plate or in the bowl. For more formal dinners, from course to course, your tableware will be taken away and replaced as needed. To signal that your are done with the course, rest your fork, tines up, and knife blade in, with the handles resting at five o'clock an d tips pointing to ten o'clock on your plate. Any unused silverware is simply left on the table. Slide 9: Wrong Way Of Behaving On The Table. He Looks Impolite, doesn’t he ? General Social and Dining Etiquette Rules : General Social and Dining Etiquette Rules Follow whatever dress code is requested on the invitation or suggested by the host / hostess Arrive at least 10 minutes early unless otherwise specified. Never arrive late! It is proper to bring a small hostess gift, one that the hostess is not obliged to use that very evening. Gifts such as flowers, candy, wine, or dessert, are not good hostess gifts, as the hostess will feel that it must put it out immediately. You must not never expect your gift to be served at the dinner party. At a dinner party, wait for the host or hostess sits down before taking your seat. If the host/hostess asks you to sit, then do. At a very formal dinner party, if there are no name cards at the table, wait until the host indicates where you should sit. The seating will typically be man-woman-man-woman with the women seated to the right of the men. A prayer or 'blessing' may be customary in some households. The dinner guests may join in or be respectfully silent. Most prayers are made by the host before the meal is eaten . Sometimes a toast is offered instead of a prayer. Always join in with a toast. If the host stands up during the toast, also stand up. Serving tea or coffee signifies that the formal part of the evening is over. Guests may now feel free to leave, or linger if the host or hostess encourages them to do so. After a formal dinner party, a thank you note should be sent to the host / hostess Slide 11: A SHORT POEM The American Table Etiquettes And Manners : The American Table Etiquettes And Manners Serving food: Food is served from the left. Dishes are removed from the right. Always say please when asking for something. At a restaurant, be sure to say thank you to your server and bus boy after they have removed any used items. Butter, spreads, or dips should be transferred from the serving dish to your plate before spreading or eating. Passing dishes or food: Pass food from the left to the right. Do not stretch across the table, crossing other guests, to reach food or condiments. If asked for the salt or pepper, pass both together, even if a table mate asks for only one of them. This is so dinner guests won't have to search for orphaned shakers. Set any passed item, whether it's the salt and pepper shakers, a bread basket, or a butter plate, directly on the table instead of passing hand-to-hand. Never intercept a pass. Snagging a roll out of the breadbasket or taking a shake of salt when it is en route to someone else is a no-no. Always use serving utensils to serve yourself, not your personal silverware. Eating Do NOT talk with food in your mouth! This is very rude and distasteful to watch! Wait until you have swallowed the food in your mouth. Always taste your food before seasoning it. Usually the hostess has gone to a lot of work making sure the food served is delicious to her standards. It is very rude to add salt and pepper before tasting the food. Don't blow on your food to cool it off. If it is too hot to eat, take the hint and wait until it cools. Always scoop food, using the proper utensil, away from you. Cut only enough food for the next mouthful (cut no more than two bites of food at a time). Eat in small bites and slowly. Do eat a little of everything on your plate. If you do not like the food and feel unable to give a compliment, just keep silent. It is acceptable to leave some food on your plate if you are full and have eaten enough. Do not "play with" your food or utensils. Never wave or point silverware. Do not hold food on the fork or spoon while talking, nor wave your silverware in the air or point with it. Try to pace your eating so that you don’t finish before others are halfway through. If you are a slow eater, try to speed up a bit on this occasion so you don’t hold everyone up. Never continue to eat long after others have stopped. Once used, your utensils, including the handles, must not touch the table again. Always rest forks, knives, and spoons on the side of your plate or in the bowl. If the food served is not to your liking, it is polite to at least attempt to eat a small amount of it. Slide 13: Drinking A Wine, Does It require manners too ? The American Table Etiquettes And Manners : The American Table Etiquettes And Manners Drinking The Wine: Never turn a wine glass upside down to decline wine. It is more polite to let the wine be poured and not draw attention. Otherwise, hold your hand over the wine glass to signal that you don't want any wine. Hold your wine glass by the stem, not the rim. Where a different wine is served with each course, it is quite acceptable to not finish each glass. The Perfect American Table Setting : The Perfect American Table Setting The American Table Setting : The American Table Setting NapkinPlaced to the left of the fork with the fold to the left. Sometimes placed under the forks or on the plate. If white napkins are present on the table and you’re wearing black clothing, it’s proper to ask a waiter if he/she can get you a black napkin. Salad ForkIf a salad fork is used, it’s located to the left of the dinner fork. Dinner ForkPlaced to the left of the dinner plate. No more than three forks to the left of the plate.An oyster fork always goes to the right of the soup spoon. Dessert ForkTo the right of the larger dinner fork. Bread PlateBelongs just above the tip of the fork. A butter knife or spreader is placed horizontally on the bread plate. Bread should be broken into bite-sized pieces, not cut. Butter only the piece you are preparing to eat. When butter is served, put some on your bread plate and use as needed. The American Table Setting : The American Table Setting Dinner PlateAlways located in the center of the place setting. While eating keep your knife and fork on the sides of the plate (or open).  When finished put the knife and fork together (or closed). Typically on an angle, handles pointing toward 4 o’clock. Dinner KnifeTo the right of the plate. Sometimes there are multiple knives, perhaps for meat, fish and salad, in order of used from the outside in. Tea SpoonTo the right of the dinner knife. Tea SpoonTo the right of the other tea spoon. Soup BowlTo the right of the 2nd tea spoon, however may be placed on the plate holding the soup bowl of soup is served. Note: If you need to set your soup spoon down while dining, place it in the bowl.  Do not put it on the dish under the bowl until you are finished. The American Table Setting : The American Table Setting Cocktail ForkSmaller fork all the way to the right side. Water glassJust above the tip of knife. Red Wine GlassTo the right of the water glass White Wine GlassTo the right of the red wine glass. A white wine glass is held on the stem to preserve the chill. It should be served at 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Coffee CupIf needed brought at time of service. THE PERFECT INDIAN DINING : THE PERFECT INDIAN DINING A Short Comparison which I noticed Between The American Table Manners And The Indian Table Manners : A Short Comparison which I noticed Between The American Table Manners And The Indian Table Manners In the Previous slide, you saw a photo where in each of the family members are resting both their hands on the table. America Believes that it is a disrespect to rest your left hand or elbow on the dining table. One of the family member(the father in the blue T-shirt) is talking while the food is in his hand. America says that it is bad-manners to do so. America believes that it is appreciated, if you first swallow the food well, and then talk, that too, if necessary. The Indian Table Manners And Etiquettes : The Indian Table Manners And Etiquettes Traditionally, Indian food is served on a rug on the floor and people are supposed to sit in a circle. In case you are using a table, let the eldest person sit first. The host is supposed to sit in a direction from where he can see everyone around him.  When everyone is seated, wait for the food to be served. You should not chatter unnecessarily with the people around you. Indian tradition does not emphasize on the use of cutlery which are considered to be a part of western culture, such as fork and knife. Indian food such as curries and gravies are enjoyed best when eaten with hands. Wash hands properly before starting as much of the food is eaten with hands, even if you are using basic cutleries such as spoon and fork. Wait for the eldest to start first. Even if you are starving don’t attack the food or east hastily. It is considered disrespectful and a bad manner. The Indian Table Manners And Etiquettes : The Indian Table Manners And Etiquettes You are not expected to use your left hand while eating. Even breads and chapattis are broken into pieces using the right hand alone. But you are supposed to transfer food from the common plate using your clean left hand. In north India it is not acceptable to stain your hands with gravies or curries, only fingertips it used to pick and gather food. However, in south India, you can take liberty to dip your hand up to your palms.  Don’t flood your plate with food. You don’t have to taste each and every dish served. Finish your whole food before asking for more. Wasting food is considered disrespect to the host and the food. Once you have finished your food, don’t leave the table until the host asks you to. If you have to leave the table, ask for the permission from the people before leaving. Don’t wash your hands in your plate or on the bay leaf and you are not expected to close the bay leaf- if you are in south India. Use a finger bowl (lemon and water) to wash your greasy hands. You are expected to say polite terms like ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ as a courtesy towards your host. Indian Table Setting : Indian Table Setting Thanking You. : Thanking You. I truly declare that I am the only Creator of the presentation. I have made the presentation through my hard-work and strength. I hope that the presentation covered the required information, and was interesting. Please Note That I am not trying to insult the Indian Way of Dining or the American Way of Dining . I am comparing the data in my presentation for educational purpose only as per instructed by the Respected teacher. THANK YOU VERY MUCH ? : THANK YOU VERY MUCH ? - Rohit Ahuja, 8G. Roll No : 4

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