As a puppy I understood the concept of sharing, but dug my paws in when it came to my favorite things which includes, in no particular order: my Hermes collar, my simply stunning Burberry rain jacket with four matching booties, my cashmere bedding from Italy and anything resembling food.
I am often asked about proper etiquette when it comes to sharing. Therefore, dears, I thought an ongoing series on the art of sharing was due. Sharing a meal is our first endeavor. Let’s begin:
If you are considering sharing food at a restaurant, start by considering the company. If you are dining with friends and family, and everyone seems comfortable with sharing, address the issue. A simple “Would anyone be interested in sharing the steak tartare this evening?” works well. Should you be at a dinner with clients or individuals you do not know well, skip the idea entirely.
Below are some simple guidelines to avoid a misstep:
- Before ordering what you think is a dish to share, ask your tablemates first
- Never ask for a bite off of someone’s dish; wait to be invited to taste and then place the food item on your plate before tasting
- Never use another’s fork or spoon to sample – ask your server for necessary accoutrements including utensils and small plates
- Tip your server for the effort of splitting dishes
Remember, darlings, sharing is a learned skill and practice makes perfect. Happy dining.