Category Archives: Dining Etiquette

Santa Claus is coming to town – or Memories from my Dad’s Rotary Christmas Party


As a child between the years of 1960 to 1971, once a year my Dad would take us kids to his inclusive Rotary Club Annual Holiday Luncheon.  We would celebrate and eat lunch with the all the members of the … Continue reading

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Role Models, Values and Relationships


Few of us have role models or leaders we look up to; but today I was re-united with a former co-worker and friend and my ultimate role model. We have something unique in common we both performed the same job … Continue reading

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a wish for peace & happiness throughout the season….


May your hearts be filled with the true magic and meaning of Christmas ! Happy Holidays from your friends at Poisematters

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What do you do when a Guest had too much to drink at Thanksgiving?


You are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner – and you suspect one of your Guests is intoxicated?  What do you do?   It is best to talk to your Guest in private Suggest calling a cab or Taxi for your intoxicated Guest … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Dinner – less than a week away (Dining Etiquette tip for the day)


When do you place your napkin on your lap?   Answer: Wait for the Host to unfold his napkin before unfolding yours. When do you begin eating? Answer:  Guests should wait to put their napkins on their laps; until the … Continue reading

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The “Cocktail” is making a comeback


There is something sumptuous, decadent about the cocktail and the established cocktail hour.  Can you remember your very first “cocktail” served to you in a restaurant when you were of…. adult legal age to drink?  There is something nostalgic about … Continue reading

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Wineglasses


Wineglasses

A wineglass should be clear, sparkling stemmed goblet the thinner the better and the more enjoyable to hold and to drink from.
The bowl of the glass should be larger than the rim, so that the bouquet of the wine can waft up to your nostrils as you drink.

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Basic Table Setting Etiquette


Acceptable eating styles vary from continent to continent. But regardless of location, the only proper way to cut and eat one’s food is to hold the knife and fork in a relaxed, natural manner, never with a forced fists spearing … Continue reading

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Three rules when you make a Toast


Simple rules to remember when you make a Toast – Stand up when you give your Toast Be Brief  (5 minutes top) Be Seated Leave out the bathroom humor from your toast – it usually does not work. Never drink … Continue reading

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Here’s to Family – extend your reach


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