Hello to all you chowhounds! - this is my first time on this website.
I am a weekend hostess at a delicious and very small BYO in philly, and I've been moved to write about, yep you've guessed it, DINING ETIQUETTE! Which by the way, falls into the same category with LIFE ETIQUETTE!
Here are some things MY PARENTS taught me when I was very young, and that I take with me WHEREVER I GO!!
1. You get more bees with honey, then you do with vinegar.
2. When entering ANY establishment, DO NOT ASSUME your royalty (unless of course you actually are)
3. The house rules, no matter how "unreasonable" they may seem to you, exist for good reasons.
4. When these rules are explained, take them as guidance for a pleasurable experience, not as plot to ruin your evening.
5. R E S P E C T !! those individuals, who are taking care of you, and most importantly those creating your meal!
6. Small businesses are just that, they have limits on how many, how often, or just 'how.'
For the most part, 90% or more of our customers are in touch with how THEIR parents raised them, and for those reasons, enjoy their entire dining experience from start to finish; which is our collective goal.
We live in a "hurry up/convenience" society, this tends to create conflict with all people when trying to relax on a night off.
My advice: (if your interested) TAKE YOUR TIME! SMILE!
LISTEN BEFORE YOU SPEAK! and for heavens sake, remember we're all on the same team, those who want to soak up and enjoy life!!!!!!!!!!