Etiquette Tip of the Week: Test Your Formal Knowledge
By Callista Gould Bio: Callista Gould is a certified etiquette instructor and author of the book, The Exceptional Professional, available at Beaverdale Books.
It’s formal dinner season. Many in business will find themselves at charitable dinners, awards banquets, conferences and more. Will you know what to do with the extra forks on the table? Test your knowledge with the Formal Dinner Quiz (answers below):
What is that tiny fork resting in the bowl of your soup spoon for?
- Cheese course
- Baby carrots
- Lemon wedge
- Seafood course
How is a formal dinner served?
- Serve from the left, remove from the right
- Serve from the right, remove from the right
- Serve from the left, remove from the left
- Serve from the right, remove from the left
What is the best way to cool soup that’s too hot?
- Gently blow on it
- Wait for it to cool
- Add ice from your water glass
- Put crackers in it
Why do some people ask for a black napkin?
- For somber occasions
- To avoid white napkin lint on a dark business suit
- It makes them feel like Johnny Cash
- To hide lipstick or gravy stains
When eating American style, how do you get that last stray pea onto your fork?
- Push it with your bread
- Using one finger
- With your knife
- You don’t. Let it go.
In a formal meal, which of these would come first?
- Palate cleanser
When passing the salt and pepper:
- Set them on the table next to the person
- Place them in the person’s hands
- Hand them one at a time
- Stop and use them yourself first
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