Saturday, December 3, 2016

Do Table Manners Still Matter?


How could this be a question at all?  Everything you do while in public among your professional colleagues is being observed and judged at all times including your table manners.  Chef Jeremiah Tower wrote a book about this called Table Manners: How to Behave in a Modern World and Why Bother.  Book Critic Sarah Begley quotes: "Knowing how to comport yourself over a meal can still help".  She also quotes Jeremiah: "that knowing how to set red and white wine glasses could even impress a boss that's a wine buff".


What are the table manners?

Table manners are the rules of etiquette used while eating, which may also include the appropriate use of utensils. Different cultures observe different rules for table manners. Each family or group sets its own standards for how strictly these rules are to be enforced.

If you have not been taught how to use or set your place setting do not feel ashamed.  Most Americans haven't.  It is not too late to learn.  Here are some tips you can use to avoid embarrassment at dinner.

TIP
Click here for the Etiquette Scholar website for the top 10 tips on dinning and wine tasting!

TREAT
I am always looking for a new white wine varietal because
 Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc can get boring.  I like whites that aren't too buttery and not too citrusy.  Picpoul de pinet is a good match for this style.  This French grape is easy to drink, on the lighter side, balanced acidity, nice green apple fruit, moderately priced and goes well with poultry and seafood.