2. When seated use good posture, keep your elbows off the table and your free hand(the hand you are not eating with)on your lap.
3. Ask someone to pass an item that is across the table. It is never acceptable to reach across the table. Ask the person sitting closest to the item.
4. If someone asks you to pass the salt and pepper always remember they should be passed together as they are a pair that should never part.
5. Cut one or two piece of food, including meat such as steaks, at a time. Eat each piece before cutting another piece. Do not cut up all of your food into little pieces all over your plate as if you are preparing a toddler's plate.
6. Never make a negative comment about the food that is being served in someone's home. Never ask to take food from someone's home. It is okay to request a container or "doggy bag" in a restaurant.
7. When dining with others try to keep your pace. You should not finish long before or long after others you are dining with.
8. When excusing yourself to use the restroom always place your napkin in your chair to let the waiter know that you are away and will return. Also, try using the restroom upon arrival, before the meal or after the table is cleared.
9. Never move food from someone else's plate to your plate or take food off of someone else's plate. When sharing food always pass it on your bread plate.
10. You should never crumble crackers in your soup. Spoon your soup away from you and up to your mouth.
M. Shannon Etiquette Consulting