- Before you enter a dining room, select a seat at a table, or serve yourself food, always wait for an invitation from the host.
- Never refuse a sample of food from the host; always clean your plate.
- When you have finished eating, place your fork and spoon side by side on your plate, facing up.
- Always help your host clear the table.
- Never stare at another person’s plate or saucer.
- It is polite to leave a little bit of food on your plate at the end of a meal, as a tribute to the host’s abundant hospitality.
- Always cultivate a vivacious, relaxed dining atmosphere.
- Upon leaving the table, always compliment the person who cooked your food.
It may seem daunting to remember other cultures’ culinary particularities, but if you master these dining guidelines before you sit down at the table, you won’t have to be “that guy”—you know, the one who gives other, more polite American diners a bad name. And once you’ve mastered these etiquette basics, you’ll be on your way to worldliness—all you need now is a good appetite and a plane ticket.