Dining Etiquette: Eating Bread

Bread is often served at business meals before the entrée. In most business functions, the bread is already in a basket or plate somewhere in the center of the table. While we may have our own ways to pass and eat bread at home, these methods usually aren’t acceptable dinning etiquette.

Food critics say that you can spot a good restaurant by the quality of the bread. You can also measure a person’s table manners by the way they eat their bread. Here are the guidelines to pass and eat bread properly.

Passing the Bread

The person closest to the basket or plate with the bread takes the bread service plate/basket, offers it to the person on his left, helps himself, and passes to the person on his right.

If the person closest to the bread plate/basket does not take it, it is appropriate to ask for the basket. As soon as you get it, do the same as above.

Dining Etiquette: Eating Bread

Butter – Spreads – Dips

Butter, spreads, or dips should be transferred from the serving dish to your plate before spreading or eating. Exception: When sharing chips and salsa at your favorite Mexican food restaurant, do not concern yourself with transferring salsa to your own plate.

However, do not double dip. In other words, do not dip your chip, bite off a piece, and then re-dip your chip.

Breaking and Buttering Bread

When you get the serving basket/plate, select your bread and put it on your bread plate. Break a small piece off of the roll and leave the remainder on the plate until you are ready to eat another piece. Butter the small piece on the plate and eat it.

Do not butter the whole roll or cut it in two like sandwich bread. And, of course, it is poor manners to bite half of your roll. Food critics say that you can spot a good restaurant by the quality of the bread. You can also measure a person’s table manners by the way they eat their bread.