Saturday, October 6, 2018
Advanced Formal Place Setting Professional & Graduate Business Etiquette Dinner 301 University Etiquette
The rule, when chicken is to be eaten under a roof, it is to be eaten with a knife and fork. It is no longer a finger food. Even the Colonel provides plates, knives, and forks, and Staff will ask, “Will this be “To go” or for our dining room?” The company knows the rule. After you are asked, what you do with that box or bucket reflects on you.
1. Establish a cover: a place setting for one. Serve your plate. Practice your "Chicken manners."
2. The portion to be eaten is to be placed in the "work" bottom area of the plate. You’ve seen the pictures. The skin can be removed by the fork being used to hold the item in place, and the knife being used to cut the end of it. Then it may be used to gently roll the skin back toward the back of the fork. The skin could be set aside to the right to be eaten later or to the left to be discarded.
3. The chicken piece is to be impaled with the fork held in the left hand and cut: pressed from the middle of the knife in the right, and then a small piece can be flicked gently away. More delicately now, the meat is to be sliced with the grain and cut across it into manageable portions one or two pieces at a time. Then the fork is used to lift each portion to the mouth.
4. Chicken joined by a joint can be separated by the fork being used to hold the item in place and the knife at the joint being pressed down to feel the join, then drawn backward and pressed to cut the item into separate parts. It can be pressed down and gently flicked towards the fork to complete the joint separation. Then pieces might be cut, sliced, and eaten. The part of the chicken that cannot be pressed flicked away, and sliced with a knife and fork is simply left, at least ‘til you get to the kitchen.
Small poultry items can be eaten as much as practical with a knife and fork and then finished with the fingers. When served cold, at picnics, at the beach, on boats, and during very informal meals outside, even chicken may be eaten with the fingers.
Welcome to your Business Etiquette Dinner. Most likely the main course will be a half of a (rubber) chicken or a whole Cornish game hen. Now, are not you happy you practiced?
Posted by Harold Almon Living Skills Coach and Etiquette Coach Director Career Services Young Professionals & University Seniors baeschoolofetiquette.blogspot.com at 10/06/2018
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