College Life

How To Eat Like a Fancy Person

A few blog pieces ago, I was talking about a senior Valentine's Day banquet being put on here on campus:

Well, turns out I'm a senior and was 100% eligible to go and enjoy an extremely classy evening that Saturday with a lot of classy people.

If you're looking at the picture of my plate, you're probably thinking the same thing I did:
Wow. That's a LOT of...silverware!

And it was. And the worst part was, I didn't know etiquette rules about silverware, and so I actually let the waiters carry off EVERY single fork, knife, and spoon by the third course, before my blueberry-drizzled cheesecake showed up.

But I loved an evening of etiquette, and I think etiquette has become a lost art in our culture today. So here's a few "How-To's" I picked up that evening to pass along for YOUR turn at PCC's senior banquet:

  • DON'T let the waiters carry off every single fork, knife, and spoon by the third course of the meal. (as you can tell, this was especially impressed upon me.)
  • DO use your napkin. Mine was tucked under the bottom lip of my plate. I don't know, maybe everyone else knows that. It took me a while to find mine.
  • DON'T drink someone else's sweet tea. Your cup is on the right hand side.
  • DO listen when engaging in table talk. If you're constantly thinking of the next thing you can say, there's a problem. If it's dead silent at the table, comment on the food. It's something you all have in common at the moment.
  • DO eat in small bites, if you can manage. Small bites. Thanks.
  • DON'T stress about extending your pinkie while drinking tea. The tea-drinker's extended pinkie is no longer required in table etiquette. I looked it up.

Hope this gives you a start as you brush up on your etiquette and gets you excited for your own fancy-dining experience someday at PCC's senior banquet!

The thoughts and opinions expressed in Life in the Nest are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pensacola Christian College.

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Major: Performance Studies

Home town: “This world is not my home, I’m just a-passin’ through...” Also, my dad is in the Air Force.

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