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dining etiquette

Thanksgiving is a holiday that is meant to be about giving thanks and reconnecting with friends and family. However, sometimes when we actually sit down at the dinner table we lose that spirit of thankfulness and things move in a less than civil direction.
Easter, the Christian celebration of Christ's resurrection, is celebrated throughout the world at churches and around the table with family and friends. In our current era of diversity, it is sometimes difficult to know what to do, or not, when gathering to eat.
Note to all: It's never okay to share your food while fine dining.
Whether you are a graduating student who is networking in search of a job or a CEO celebrating a new contract across the globe, the rules are the same, as a host or guest.
To help you set the table and maneuver Sticky Hosting Situations during a brunch get-together, a potluck buffet or a formal dinner, I have put together a colourful infographic with the help of my precious visual collaborator, Sam Clusiau-Lawlor.
At this most wonderful time of the year, I share with you place-setting guidelines, dining dos and don'ts and of course solutions to sticky hosting situations.
Business meals can be awkward at the best of times, but things can get particularly uncomfortable when it's time to pay the bill. I was recently asked by an audience member if there's a foolproof way to determine whose responsibility it is to take care of paying for a business meal.
Every Easter, when sharing a meal in the company of others, you are bound to look at one of your loved ones, and think: "I can't believe he just bit, licked and sucked." Well, my Huffington Post friends, the time has come, to raise your forks and teach them how it's done. Her are the Ten Commandments of Dining.
I love talking contemporary etiquette, but I get equally as excited (yes, I said it: excited) about the perennial, classic content. Good table manners are one such topic. Good table manners are sexy. Jamming one's napkin down his or her collar, is not.
When out for a business meal, many situations come up: "What if I have food allergies or I am on a restricted diet?", "What should I talk about?", "What are appropriate finger foods?", "Do I have to have a drink?" and "May I excuse myself to go smoke?" Here's how to deal with each.
I am a graduating law student and will be interviewing with three law firms over the course of the next month. I hear the last interview to be held in an upscale restaurant while dining. How do I manipulate the right utensils at the right time without looking self-conscious and appearing professional?