Dining Like a Diplomat

Dining and food play a major role in business today. This program will provide participants with a useful set of practices for those special situations where business relationships are developed and strengthened in social settings where food is an essential element. This workshop provides comprehensive hands-on skills in contemporary table etiquette. A tutorial meal will be served at lunch allowing participants to practice and refine the skills they have learned.

Course Benefits:

Program participants will gain:

  • Increased confidence and ease in social and business settings where a meal or food is being served
  • The ability to project a positive image, additional refinement, and heightened sense of business acumen when dining

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate self-confidence in conducting business during a meal
  • Recognize the meal's form and order of service
  • Properly use silverware and utensils in the appropriate order
  • Feel comfortable with American, Continental or Japanese eating styles
  • Recognize the formalities associated with toasting, enjoying difficult-to-eat foods, handling accidents, etc
  • Employ proper body language at the table
  • Understand the duties of hosting

Course Content:

  • Business entertaining
  • Place setting maps; silverware savvy
  • The silent service code
  • American, Continental, and Japanese styles of eating
  • Toasting
  • Difficult foods to eat and how to eat them
  • Forms of service
  • Proper body language at the table
  • Handling accidents
  • Host/hostess and guest duties
  • Many other dining tips

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone who will him/herself in business or social settings where meals are served