Friday, September 9, 2016

Job Interview Dining Etiquette USA Menu – Number of Courses Professional and Graduate University Etiquette Dining 103

Outclass the Competition
by Harold Almon
Be at Ease School of Etiquette Austin

The standard United States of America menu, no matter how formal, consists of no more than five (four) courses. You can check with the White House. Practice eating in courses over eating in piles.

1. The first course could be an appetizer. It might precede or substitute as a first course. As a rule the first course is to be soup. It can be fruit-juice or melon. The first course can be omitted. Avoid serving rolls or sliced bread and butter or Olive oil as an intended first course.

2. The second course can be a fish, with maybe a potato item, or at lunch, it may be an egg dish. This course could be omitted.

3. The third or main course (sometimes called the entrée in restaurants) is to be a roasted meat (a Roti,) a fowl, or a vegetable item, and two vegetable side items, (or informally one side item may be a starch item.) At least one non-meat main course item is to be included in each menu offered.

4. The fourth course might be a green salad with cheese. * Salad served before a main course stems from what I call a Mickey D’s mentality: greet guest within 30 seconds, give each something to drink within three minutes, and something to eat within seven.

C’est tres gourmet - not really. The drink before you eat is an aperitif and something to eat before a main course can be a consommé. The purpose of a salad is to push the main course away. This course may be served in lieu of a third course. It may be omitted in favor of dessert.

5. The fifth or last course is to be dessert. Coffee can be served with dessert, after it, or omitted entirely.

Where allowed and appropriate, to each dessert you can add or have added cookies bought during a fund raiser such as chocolate cookies with pink M & Ms in them made and purchased in support of the cure for breast cancer (Thanks Melissa.)

You may add a few chocolate covered mint cookies, or chocolate stripped coconut cookies, acquired in support of a Scout or as part of Giving Back.

What is served in each course may change with personal preference and pallet of each Chef. In the United States of America this is the main course frame.

6. A trend has developed of omitting the first and second course. Most meals consist of a fourth and a third course: a salad and a main course. The latter practice is seen often in commercial dining rooms. There a dessert is seen and had only by the very lucky.

If you are going to share a meal with someone, eat in courses over eating in piles. At minimum, plan on a two-part lunch: a first course and a main course, or a main course and a dessert. It takes a little extra time, allows for longer conversation, and builds in great memories.

Plan on a three-course dinner: a first course, main course, and a dessert. At a social meal, you can offer to share a dessert. At a business social meal, omit doing this.

Review the menu at each place to which you will take someone. And if you wish, know the signature dish not to be missed. If you are invited to share a meal with someone, eat a little something before you leave home.

Ah yes, and learn the most favorable parking instructions. See if the parking pass for your guest can be validated by the restaurant. The discount for the special of the day can be overshadowed by the cost of the valet.

No comments: