I’m sure you have experience the fine dining before. It’s wonderful but come with rules and ethics you have to follow. Are you sure, all things you have been told are correct? “Where To Fin” brought you 10 rules you shouldn’t be miss on “Fine Dining”. Read this and be confident on your next formal luxury meal.
Knives and Forks
This is one of the most common problems for people that are used to flatware (knives and forks) being brought to the table with each course. On a properly set table you usually see a series of forks on the left side of your plate, and a series of spoons and knives on your right (the table is always set for right handed people). The very simple rule is to always work from the outside in; the cutlery farthest away from your plate is for the first course. If you are still unsure what to do, wait and follow your hostess or host.
Always take small portions of food at a time and put your cutlery down between each mouthful. When you put your cutlery down, place it on the plate (never back on the table and do not rest it half on and half off the plate); cross the tips of the two pieces (if there are two) or angle it if there is just one. This tells the server that you are not finished. When you are finished, place your knife and fork together in the center of the plate vertically. The tines of the fork should point up and the blade of the knife should point to the center towards the fork.
You should always hold both your knife and fork – you should not cut your food up at the start and then use your fork only (this is an American tradition and is generally fine in America, but not in Europe). The tines of your fork should always point down toward the plate – for difficult foods like peas, you should use your knife to squash them onto the tip of the fork. Fork is not a scoop, do not use it like one.
Do not pick up any cutlery that you drop to the floor. It will be replace by the server.
Soup and Pudding
Soup spoons generally come in two shapes, one is shaped like a round bowl, and the other is shaped like an egg. When eating soup the soup bowl must stay on the table. It is never acceptable to drink your soup from the bowl. To eat your soup, push your spoon away from you starting at the centre of the bowl to the farthest edge. Bring the spoon to your mouth and drink the soup from the edge. Do not put the whole spoon in to your mouth. Do not slurp.
Pudding is not to be confused with dessert. They are two entirely separate courses though one can take the place of the other. Pudding is a sweet course, whereas dessert is usually fruit or cheese. To eat pudding you are usually given both a fork and a spoon. The pudding spoon is held in the same way as your knife, with the bowl of the spoon facing inwards, and (for right handed people) is held in the right hand. The pudding fork is used as a pusher only. You do not put a pudding fork in to your mouth. Using the fork, push a small portion of your pudding on to the angled spoon. As you lift the spoon to your mouth, tilt it a little so the bowl is now facing upwards. When you have finished eating, the same rules apply here for placing your cutlery back on the plate. Occasionally the pudding fork and spoon will be found directly above your plate, rather than in the cutlery at the side.
A napkin is used for one thing only, dabbing the mouth. Never wipe your mouth with a napkin, you should always dab. Your napkin should be unfolded and placed on your knees. It is never acceptable to tuck your napkin into the front of your shirt or dress. In ancient times this was normal, nowadays it is the height of vulgarity. If, for some urgent reason, you must leave the table before you have finished, you should place your napkin on your seat. This tells the server that you plan to return. When you are ready to sit down again, simply replace the napkin upon your knee.
If your napkin drops to the floor, it is acceptable for you to pick it up unless the house has a butler or servants near the table. In those cases they will remove the fallen napkin and replace it with a fresh one.
Never place anything in your napkin especially food.
When you have finished eating, the napkin should be placed tidily (but not refolded) to the left side of your plate (but not on your plate).