Wednesday 18 January 2017

Table manners start well before you get to the table.

Saying where table manners start and where they end is not that easy. Yes, there is a word “table” in it, but you cannot say that the table manners apply only to the things we do around the table. What about cocktail parties? OK, then. Is it everything around food? That’s closer. It is considered to be a bad manner to serve food which is out of season. And no doubt serving the food which is slightly off is no go either. Hence the infographic below has a lot to do with table manners. How to keep your food fresh longer.

Monday 16 January 2017

And more about cutlery... How NOT to eat

This is not about being left handed. This is NOT about not using your left hand for eating.

This is more about how you hold it. Stabbing of food might be OK as a first step for a toddler. Just to get interested in using the cutlery . But some interests might be better left behind when you grow up...

(Thanks to the model!)

Sunday 15 January 2017

We know what you ate ...
Let us know what you think about table manners.

Keeping a diary of what you eat is not an easy thing to do.  Answering the stranger's question on what went into your mouth is even more difficult.

Apparently, the majority of people get it wrong when reporting on food consumption of yesterday. Or just don't want to open up. It is, after all, not that easy to admit even to yourself that yes, you did eat that second piece of cake.

The bigger people are, the more modest they seem to be when it comes to the dreading "What did you eat last night?" question.

But you don't have to say a word, not any more.  And you possibly wouldn't.  Doesn't sound like a dinner table topic.

Wednesday 4 January 2017

New Year - new rules? Let us know what you think about table manners.

"There are plenty of media features on etiquette starting with “There isn’t enough respect to X Y Z today.” It is a famous old adage you would find to a certain extent in any generation when people start noticing that police and doctors look a bit like children. Etiquette is changing together with the society, as good manners are there to keep society progressing, not to hold it back.
“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” (Socrates, 2016) .
Nothing has changed, I have to admit—just the means for chatting."

The rules of snobbery are changing too. And as it has been published in Tatler, it might be official.
Apparently, paper napkins are in. But cleaning your fork with your knife in the mid-air is still out.

Has your own list of rules changed?