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Los Angeles Etiquette - Avoiding the Faux Pas at the Dinner Table
Whether you are going to a family member’s house for holiday dinner or a dinner party with co-workers knowing basic table manners will help you get through any semi formal or formal affair.
The last person to be served is usually the hostess; no one should start eating until he/she has been served.
Sit up straight at the table. It makes a good impression.
Do not season your food before you have tasted it, as it is an insult to the chef.
If you need something that you cannot reach easily, politely ask the person closest to the item you need to pass it to you.
No matter which is requested, salt or pepper always pass the pair.
When you leave the table temporarily, place your napkin on the seat of you chair. When finished, place the napkin to the left of your plate.
When eating bread or rolls, place a small amount of butter on your bread plate, tear and butter one small piece at a time.
Begin the meal by using the utensils furthest from the plate, work from the outside in.
Once a utensil is used it should never be placed on the table again.
Always place utensils on the side of the plate in between bites and across the plate when you are finished.
Keep pace with others at the table; do not eat too slowly or too quickly.
Keep pace with everyone else at the table.
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