international dining etiquette
Dining etiquette for toasts. The host initiates the first toast. The host will lift his glass and make eye contact with the most senior guest and say, "Prost.". After the first toast has been made, the guest of honor should offer a toast of thanks.
Dining etiquette for beginning to eat. Begin eating only after the hostess does.
Dining etiquette for cutting food. Cut food with the side of your fork if possible (especially dumplings and potatoes).
Dining etiquette for your hands. Your hands should be visible at all times.
Dining etiquette for tipping. Many restaurants will include a 10-to 15-percent gratuity in the bill.
Dining etiquette for discussing business. Allow your host to bring up the topic of business.
- Mike Lininger, Editor, Etiquette Scholar
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