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Finger foods seem to be the bane of etiquette lover’s existence. In my experience this is because they love the formal way etiquette provides. However, there are simply some food where it is wrong to use a fork and knife. Some common foods are corn-on-the-cob, tea sandwiches, pizza, burgers and cookies. Now, it should be said that no matter how casual the occasion, please don’t lick your fingers. Unless you’re alone, of course. A couple of things to keep in mind: Don’t hunch over your plate; it just makes your back hurt. STILL don’t place your elbows on the table. When possible, cut the food (a burger is a good example) in half before eating.
At very formal meals, a finger bowl is served. This is essentially a bowl of cold water. Lemon is usually put in the bowl after a lobster (yummy) meal, but any other meal would have flowers with the water at max. For an informal meal, either wipes (think all BBQ places) are provided or you may excuse yourself to wash your hands…just remember to place your napkin on your chair if you want to return!
Now, there are some foods that are not commonly thought of as finger foods. Asparagus happens to be my favorite. Not only do I love to eat it, but since it is a finger food, my kids love it, as well. One caveat: if a sauce is served with the asparagus, it changes to a fork and knife food. If it’s roasted in olive oil and served “dry,” pick it up! If you are at a formal dinner where a finger bowl will not be served, and you don’t want to get too messy, it is perfectly fine to use a fork and knife. Just know that you don’t have to. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this post! I currently have a post regarding holding utensils and folding napkins in the works. Please let me know if you have any other topic you’d like me to cover! Thank you for your support.
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