Forget “You are what you eat.” You are how you eat. Dining with good manners is an important way to make a great lasting impression, as well as a way to ensure that you’re invited again.
- Dine as quietly as possible. Chew with your mouth closed and don’t slurp when you drink.
- Only use your utensils for eating. The knife is not a laser pointer nor should it ever touch your mouth – no knife licking! If you’re not taking food from your plate to your mouth, your utensils should be resting on the dinner plate.
- A fork is not a forklift. Don’t load up your utensils with large amounts of food and shovel it into your mouth. This is not a Coney Island eating contest.
- Take smaller portions. When dining buffet-style, avoid ‘vulture syndrome’ and don’t load up your plate. It’s more elegant to take smaller, more civilized portions and make another trip to the buffet if you’re still hungry.
- Excuse yourself to blow your nose. Instead of blowing your nose at the table, walk to the bathroom or a private area.