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September 9, 2012 by Diniquette

Hi. I’m Krista and I have 20+ years of experience working in restaurants. I have worked in every type of restaurant imaginable: from a German Deli in a Mall in New Jersey, (Yes, I am a Jersey girl; Yes, I love Bon Jovi and Yes, I pray to the gods of Aqua Net…..but I digress), to several Michelin Starred restaurants in Manhattan. I’ve worked with Iron Chef’s, Top Chef’s, Top Chef Masters and the best of the best in the biz. What I have learned is that there is a universal lack of etiquette….and you know what? It’s nobody’s fault! No one teaches or talks about it; certainly no one with my experience.

Now let’s face it, you’re not going to die if you use the wrong fork, (allegedly), but I have seen people blow 1st dates, job interviews and client meetings because of their lack of etiquette.  Here is the cold, hard truth: if you think that the people dining with you aren’t judging your behavior, you are doing yourself a huge disservice.

And there is more to dining etiquette than just knowing which fork to use; it’s also about: reservations and what that means from the Guest and restaurants point of view. How to get free stuff. How to tip appropriately. How Open Tables can be used against you…..YES!  You read that correctly – Open Tables can be used against you. Want to know how???  Well, you’ll have to follow my Blog…(I can’t give away ALL the goodies up front).

Now, I do want to make one thing very clear: this is NOT a Blog where I will rant and rave about how horrible people are to wait on. There are plenty of those Blogs for your enjoyment. For me this is about the education of a lost social art form from someone who has all the inside information.  I’m bringing etiquette back,(insert Justin Timberlake song here)…and I’m bringing it back in a fun, light though honest and very direct way using my 20+ years of experience.

So if you have questions, (and aren’t afraid of the answers), then send them along.

I’ll be sharing various stories from my own experiences, and, since I’ve waited on enough celebrities to fill a 500 page book, I’ll post some “blind items” for fun.

Thanks for reading and remember:

I’m here to help you put your best fork forward!

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