international dining etiquette
Dining etiquette in Peru is similar to the rules of dining etiquette in the other Andean and South American countries. The dining etiquette information below presents Peruvian variations from general dining etiquette of Andean and South American as found on the Colombian dining etiquette page.
The quantity of food being served at a Peruvian businessperson's dinner party, because of his or her class, is usually quite a lot, even by American standards (potatoes, which are native to the Andes, will be served along with rice and bread and other starches); take it slowly! When you are finished with your meal, place your knife and fork together diagonally across the plate (tines pointing to 10 P.M. on the plate).
Dining etiquette for seating. The host and the honored guest usually sit next to each other (males to the right of the hostess, and females to the right of the host); if there is a hosting couple they usually sit together.
Dining etiquette for tipping. In restaurants, a 10 percent tip is usually included in the bill.
- Mike Lininger, Editor, Etiquette Scholar
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