10 etiquette tips: How are your manners?

'Etiquette revolution' focuses on manners

Do you know the proper way to pass food around the dinner table? Or which fork to use first? There are a lot of etiquette rules that many of us probably don't know. That's why El Gaucho has started an "Etiquette Revolution," offering classes around the Pacific Northwest in etiquette.

The class is two hours long (it includes a 5-couorse meal!) and costs $175 to join. But we had instructor and etiquette specialist Cortney Anderson Sanford give us her top 6 tips you can easily remember.

1. OPEN: Open eyes, natural smile
    Pose - turn your body towards the person you are greeting
    Edit - Judge the mood and evolve to the energy - feel the vibe
    No - NO Technology - put the device down

2. CHECK:
    Clean: Hygiene, teeth, hair, and clothing - that means your zipper too!
    Host - Are you the host? Do you know the host?
    End goal - What is this interaction's outcome?
    Calm - Calm, cool & power pose
    Knowledge - Know the players - names/titles

3. NAMES: If the person introducing you is having a difficult time remembering your name, throw them a lifeline by offering your name and extending your hand directly to the person you are being introduced to.

4. SEATING: A person should always be seated and rise from the right side of the back of the chair. When you sit, enter the chair with your left side first. This cuts down awkward bumping and banging of your table mates.

5. GUEST OF HONOR: The guest of honor should always have the best seat at the table and be seated to the right of the host.

6. BMW: To figure out which bread plate and drink are yours, remember B for bread on the left, and D for drink on the right. Make a lowercase B with your left hand, and make a D with your right. M - your meal is in the middle of your flatware.

7. FLATWARE: Always use your flatware from the outside in, and remember to never let dirty utensils hit the table again. Do NOT gesticulate using your flatware as batons. This could make a huge mess or poke someone's eye out.

8. SALT & PEPPER: Should always be passed together, never separately. They are married, even if someone only asks for one.

9. BREAD: When you take a piece of bread, don't make a sandwich out of it with the butter. Take some butter onto your butter knife and set it on your plate. Then rip off one bite of bread at a time, and butter each piece before you eat it.

10. NAPKIN: Put your napkin on your lap with the point of the triangle facing away from you. Tuck the ends underneath your seat to keep the napkin from falling onto the floor.


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