How to French-dress your table

by Mirella "Lulu" Di Blasio

How to French-dress your table

October 6th, 2016,

How many glasses? Where do they go; left, right; white wine, red wine; will there be fish or not? A quick guide to help you find your way.

First of all, make sure everyone has enough space to be comfortable. An easy way to assess this is to try and put your elbow in your neighbor's soup; if you can manage to do this without too much strain, scoot over a tad.

 

1. Cutlery (aka utensils)

They shall be placed on either side of the plate in order of use, from the outside to the inside. The cutting edge of the knives turned towards the plate, the hollow side of the spoons and the forks' teeth against the table.

 

2. Right side: the knives and the tablespoon

From left to right: the table knife, the fish knife, the entremets knife and the tablespoon.

 

3. Left side: the forks

From right to left: the table fork, the fish fork and the entremets fork.

 

The dessert fork shall be placed horizontally above the plate, its teeth to the right; the dessert spoon just above and in the same axis, but its bowl towards the left.

 

4. The bread plate and the bread knife 

The bread plate shall be above and to the left of the forks, the knife resting on its right side.

 

5. The glasses (a bit more complicated, compass not included) 

The glasses shall be placed on a single line, on the right side, diagonaly. Start by placing the red wine glass aligned with the table knife; the white wine glass to its right, followed by the entremets or dessert wine glass. The water glass will be to the left of the red wine glass.

 

Phew! Bon appétit!



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