Dating table manners
A single mouthful of food should be lifted on the fork and you should not chew or bite food from the fork.
The knife should be held with the base into the palm of the hand, not like a pen with the base resting between the thumb and forefinger. When eating soup, the spoon is held in the right hand and the bowl tipped away from the diner, scooping the soup in outward movements.
Modern etiquette provides the smallest numbers and types of utensils necessary for dining.
Only utensils which are to be used for the planned meal should be set.
As with butter, cheese should be cut and placed on your plate before eating.
Only white wine or rosé is held by the stem of the glass; red by the bowl.
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The soup spoon should never be put into the mouth, and soup should be sipped from the side of the spoon, not the end.
Licking one's fingers and eating slowly can also be considered impolite.
Diners should always ask for items to be passed along the table to them.
It is also rude to slurp food, eat noisily or make noise with cutlery. When one has finished eating, this should be communicated to other diners and waiting staff by placing the knife and fork together on the plate, at approximately 6 o'clock position, with the fork tines facing upwards.