With the holidays and the accompanying parties approaching, a number of you have written in to ask for a post on dining etiquette. Frankly, when I was on the Hill, I tried to avoid eating in front of work colleagues whenever possible. But there are simply some situations where it cannot be avoided, so a grasp of basic dining etiquette is a valuable skill to have.
There are simply too many dining “rules” to learn. But here is a diagram that outlines a few of the dining and eating basics:
These are just a few of the basic dining rules that you should know. For a more comprehensive list, including how to pass food and condiments, how to eat soup, etc., click here.
Advice on proper dining etiquette can vary, but there is one rule remains true everywhere: Be nice to the waiter. Diners who are rude or condescending toward the wait staff make a terrible impression on the other people at the table. The waiter is not your personal slave, and should not be treated with disrespect.
If my boss, my employee or my guest was rude to a waiter, I would be mortified. I would also start rethinking what kind of person I work for/with/alongside.
Any bits of etiquette that you would like to share? Leave them in the comments.