To view the next video in this series click: In this video, etiquette expert Nancy R. Mitchell, The Etiquette Advocate, guides viewers through established rules and nuances of dining etiquette. Segments presented cover responding to an invitation; dos and taboos at table; navigating a place setting; use of utensils, including American vs. European styles of dining; eating various courses; toasting; and mastering challenging foods.

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  1. But please, when there's been too many spills on the 12 o'clock edge do I scrape them back to the plate or do I spin the plate like a steering wheel?

  2. The American-style is time consuming and ludicrous. The rest of the World keeps the knife and fork in their right and left-hands respectively.

  3. Do you have to use American or Continental Style in the corresponding country, or is it diner's choice? May you combine or switch styles during a meal?

  4. In my old prep school in Marseille France, we had to take a while class about dining etiquette. But you Americans do it weird.

  5. Thanks for the information and the video. Lots of advice! I ALWAYS use the European way of dining. HATE the American style, stopping to switch and lay the knife down so many times! Also, European styles looks so much better, too!
    Plus, you have the help of using the knife, to help you push bits of food towards your fork! Looks pretty!

  6. Is it okay to raise and lay your feet on the table at the end of dinner to relax and help with digestion?

  7. da title of dis vid shud b basic western dining etiquette. im afraid u shud consider also cleanliness, ur forks n spoons r just placed right on da table mat . wat if da table mat is contaminated with salmonella n amoeba. so gross.

  8. My teacher found this one, and we will make all the video for our project, also for the practice for our fine dining, wish us a goodluck thx for the video

  9. I don’t think I have ever been to a meal where salad is served as a separate course. To me it is a side dish only, served with the main course.

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