:::Groan::: … seriously… etiquette? Wait a sec, isn’t this supposed to be about spiritual and Jesus stuff only? If not, shouldn’t you be telling us about how to wrestle bears and clean guns? 

Why Does Etiquette Matter?

Etiquette is usually seen as contrived and presumptuous by the “average” man. It feels that way for me often. Unfortunately, I am too average in this regard.  I have definitely done a poor job of this with my wife, and am changing this… especially as our family grows and our children mature.

You will spend a lot of time eating in your life. Dining etiquette  provides a great opportunity to show honor and respect to others. As Christian men, we want to continually cultivate hearts that value and display honor.  Professionally, etiquette can directly impact winning or losing a job or customer. However, MUCH more importantly: 

  • We want our wives to feel special and cherished. We have the opportunity to display the deep honoring love of Christ to them.
  • We want our young men to honor their moms and other women. They learn from our actions. 
  • We want our daughters experience their dads and brothers honoring their moms and themselves. They learn from our actions. 

Note: The focus of this post is on American dining etiquette. European and American etiquette is similar, but not the same. Eastern culture etiquette is a different ballgame. We’ll reserve that for a 

Learn About Dining Etiquette through Short Videos

Each of the videos below are short. Watch them. Learn somethin’…

01. Introduction

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jphKS5N3AR8[/youtube]

02. The Invitation

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw24_aeTAK0[/youtube]

03. Getting Seated

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmuU9UyIq00[/youtube]

04. Table Taboos

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDFgw9OkN-k[/youtube]

05. The Place Setting

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI21soMp3ls[/youtube]

06. The Napkin

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHzckcL7cHQ[/youtube]

07. Using Utensils

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIj5Rt-7b9I[/youtube]

08. Glassware

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIj5Rt-7b9I[/youtube]

09.The Bread & Condiments

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbjT6cU_s-8[/youtube]

10. The Soup Course

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m2gMM1rt70[/youtube]

11. The Salad Course

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUOu86jGx8k[/youtube]

12. The Main Course

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NOiaC3A1uw[/youtube]

13. Using a Finger Bowl

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IerciJ6ShHg[/youtube]

14. The Dessert & Coffee

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Q0QMOTotc[/youtube]

 15. Eating Difficult Foods

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKdu9YYSiRs[/youtube]

16. Tips for the Toast

[youtube width=”680″ height=”383″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak38cVpsZpo[/youtube]

Bonus Video: European vs. American Dining Etiquette

[youtube width=”680″ height=”510″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fypq2qhRZnI[/youtube]