Saturday, October 6, 2018

Rules for Eating Bread Professional and College & University Etiquette Business Dining Etiquette

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Bread is to be provided as a sign of hospitality and atmosphere. Bread is not the first course. A biscuit, bun, muffin, or roll is to be eaten after the main course is placed in front of you. Avoid spending your whole life eating bread, and butter, (or olive oil,) as a first course, if you would like an appetizer or a first course, order one. 

Bread can be served on a plate, tray, or in a basket before or almost as soon as you are seated at the table. Bread can be pre-set at each place setting on a bread and butter(B&B) plate, or more formally on a plate underneath a fancy folded napkin. It may be preset unbuttered on a tablecloth.

Bread can be placed on a bread and butter plate. It may be placed onto the side of a dinner plate using a pair of tongs or taken up using fingers.

Untoasted bread, cold or hot, that is about to be eaten is to be broken apart/detached from a larger piece with the fingers as needed. Avoid ever cutting a roll with a knife. A butter spreader (or meat knife) is to be used to spread butter onto bread. The rest position for the butter spreader is diagonal across the top of the B&B plate, blade facing toward the edge of the table, and handle pointed to four o'clock. Then this small piece is placed in the mouth using your right hand. Repeat, bread is to be eaten, knife at rest, with the right hand. Avoid using bread as a test instrument to see which teeth are intact: showing teeth marks in the bread you are eating.

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