Saturday, October 6, 2018

Water at Table Professional & Graduate University Etiquette Business Dining

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When a guest is to be at table a water glass is to be set at each setting as a sign of hospitality. When under a roof “Water for here” is to be served in a glass. The water glass is to be set to the right of the plate space above the tip of the knife.
Make an OK sign with both hands. Where you see the "d" that drink is yours. Avoid making the OK sign in public at any time. For each guest, this is their glass.
When a cold beverage is to be served in addition to water, a water glass can be used for it or a glass specifically named for the beverage to be served may be added to the right of the water glass. Stemmed glassware is for dinner.  It can be used during the day.  Stemless glassware may be used only during the day.
In a private home, each water goblet is to be filled ¾ full prior to the time people come to the table. In a commercial dining room, water is to be served, after people are seated, from the right.
In informal service, water can be provided when requested and given in a ceramic glass or a paper glass. Under a roof, avoid asking for and or using a lid or a straw. At some point, omit the sippy glass, and risk that the drink might not tip.
Before taking a drink of any beverage eating implements are to be placed in the rest position for the style in which you are eating. Pat or blot your mouth with the corner of your napkin and return it to your lap.
Remember the sign; beverages are to be taken up from the right side using the right hand. A water glass is to be picked up by the stem or the base, and with elbow down and in, taken to the mouth, and a sip (pour) of water is to be taken. The rest and finished position for the glass is in the table setting position. At a table, avoid placing a napkin under a water glass.


In a private home, the water glass can be refilled at the table, by a server, or guests from a pitcher on the table, or the hostess can offer it from a pitcher on a sideboard. In a commercial dining room, the water glass can be refilled by a server without being lifted from the table, but usually not more than twice.

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