Fine dining is an art, and a complex one. There are numerous things that you need to be aware of. You need to watch every move your make, every morsel you take into your mouth, and every spoon, fork or napkin you handle. Once you get used to behaving as per dining protocol, the process becomes more of a habit.
When you are in formal dining sphere, you need to follow protocol, or risk being labeled as "uncouth" or "uncivilized". If you want to portray your suave personality, here are 5 important fine dining tips that you should follow.
Handling your knife and spoon
Dining tools such as spoons, forks and knives play a very important role in fine dining. Always hold the fork with your left hand and the knife with your right hand. If you use spoon, always use your right hand. Between mouthfuls, always place the knife and fork back on the plate. Do not keep holding them in your hands. After you are done, place your fork and knife crossed over and face down on the plate. Let them remain on the floor if you happen to drop your dining tools. They will be replaced.
Drinking your soup
The spoon should never enter your mouth wholly. Most importantly, never slurp or make any kind of noise while having soup.
When someone raises a toast, you should never look to click your glass with anyone else. Usually, when a toast is being made, you should stand, unless the toast is being raised for you. Never drink too much and become drunk during fine dining.
Dining begins after everybody at the table is served. Do not dig into your food before the others. Take small bites and chew without opening your mouth. Never let any sound escape from your mouth when you have food in it. Pips or bones that you can not chew, use your thumb and forefinger to remove them if the morsel has small stones. A toothpick should only be used after you get up from the table. If something is stuck deep between your teeth, excuse yourself, visit the restroom and try to dig it out.
Conversations should never be loud during fine dining. Additionally, never bring up controversial topics such as religion, politics and faiths. Never make one person the focus of your conversation.
Learning fine dining etiquette takes some time. Once you get the hang of it, complex etiquette becomes an integral part of your personality.
Fine dining is an art, and a here complex one. Once you get used to behaving as per dining protocol, the process becomes more of a habit.
Dining tools such as spoons, forks and knives play a very important role in fine dining. Never drink too much and become drunk during fine dining. Conversations should never be loud during fine dining.