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Entertaining & Etiquette

Discuss all things related to proper manners and entertaining guests, including table linens, host gifts, tipping, how to behave in the grocery store, and RSVP etiquette.

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Chinese Table Etiquette Question

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by bob192 13 years ago

Enjoying yet another awesome $5.00 lunch at NYC's Amazing 66 (66 Mott Street) I was holding my rice bowl up close to my mouth, the better to facilitate hoovering the rice, when I noticed that each ...

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Planning a Safe Oktoberfest

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by twodales2 1 year ago

Our group of about 16 people are planning a backyard Oktoberfest this next week. We usually go to a German restaurant but have decided to forgo that this year. I had thought about bringing Jäg...

How do you fake enjoyment?

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by kelvin_of_ranard 2 years ago

So you and the Mrs are invited to a “less than stellar” restaurant or, even worse, an acquaintance’s home for dinner! Somehow they know you’re “particular about food” and keep asking your opinion ...

Breakfast reception menu for a small at-home wedding

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by Captain_Ironphoenix 1 year ago

I'm planning a breakfast "reception" for about 10 people following my morning wedding. I'd like some input on my menu: Doughnuts from a local bakery Strawberries and dip (any recommendations fo...

Birthday Dinners... who pays? what is the etiquette?

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by AmblerGirl 14 years ago

I have seen alot of diversity regarding the etiquette of who pays if a group of people go out to a restaurant to celebrate someone's birthday. It looks like people expect one of three things: - ...

Dinner Parties

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by rwc 1 year ago

Have you had any success hosting a dinner party, lately? I'm wondering about dinner parties for young singles and young professional couples in their early thirties or mid thirties. In your experie...

Take home leftover unused groceries?

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by Bopeep1 1 year ago

I offered to buy and take the needed groceries to my friend’s so we could have a hamburger cookout. I bought hamburger meat, one large onion, a small jar of pickles, a head of lettuce, four avocado...

Why do guests INSIST on bringing a dish?

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by candinr 6 years ago

We are always the host of friend get togethers. While I wouldn't call these get togethers "dinner parties", they are events where I cook for everyone. I get great joy and satisfaction out of doin...

Etiquette -- Napkin upon leaving the table mid-dinner

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by Wondering 16 years ago

Seems there are two rules of thought -- that it be left on the chair (as no one wants to see a used napkin on the table or next to a dish) -- which is what I usually do; or, that it be left to the ...

What would you do if too many non-RSVP show up?

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by kelvin_of_ranard 2 years ago

Hypothetically, let’s say you invited 20 friends to your home for wine-tasting and dinner. 10 of the invitees rsvp within the allotted time. Plus two are “likely maybes”, which makes 12 total. At...

Another tipping question... buffet/brazilian steakhouse

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by AmblerGirl 13 years ago

What is the appropriate tip % at a brazilian steakhouse? We recently went to a loca brazilian steakhouse, similar to a Fogo de Chao but much more casual. I tipped aropund 10% which is what I usua...

Eating sushi - rice or fish side down?

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by ktchow 2 years ago

I have always been eating fish side down on tongue and that seems the norm at most of the top places I've managed to visit in Tokyo and elsewhere. However, I just landed reservations at Jiro Honten...

Birthday party at the park

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by vanessa7 2 years ago

We're throwing a party at the park for my son's 4th birthday. I know I want to make the Momofuku birthday cake/cupcakes. (I made it last year and I think it's the best cake I've ever had!). For foo...

"Shun, Don't Shame": How Hollywood Restaurants Are Treating Disgraced Diners in the #MeToo Era

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by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

" . . . One other way of handling a horrifying guest is to follow the 'shun, don't shame' advice of Daniel Buccino, the director of the Johns Hopkins Civility Initiative. 'If somebody calls that yo...

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

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by gutreactions 6 years ago

Here we are at a popular local arts theater waiting for the film to begin when a couple comes in, paper bag in hand, and begins to spread their larder on their laps. It was a sandwich and sides the...

"Tips" of Paper Sculptures Made from Chopstick Sleeves

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by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

"Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant when one day, as he was cleaning up a table, he noticed that a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind...

Is it okay to ask guests at a suprise party to pay to attend?

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by Enjoyyourfood 6 years ago

I've been invited to a friends suprise birthday party by a mutual acquaintance. When she had initially invited she did not mention there would be a cost and I had even asked her if she needed anyth...

Cigarette smoke gets in your food

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by Spice_zing 9 years ago

Scenario A: Greek Resto X was a two hour drive from home and had delicious moussaka. I happened to be in the area on business and ordered take-out. My mouth was watering during the drive home b...

Hosting my first dinner party!

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by makeupyourworld 2 years ago

Hello chowhound! I'm a newbie here but have been lurking and cooking for awhile. I recently turned 20 and I cook dinner for company 2-3 nights per week. During the school week I keep meals simple b...