bread etiquette

Bread Etiquette

Table Manners Guide

Bread is most often placed on the table in a basket that everyone shares.

  • If the bread is placed in front of you, feel free to pick up the basket and offer it to the person on your right.
  • If the loaf is not cut, cut a few pieces, offer them to the person to your left, and then pass the basket to your right.
  • Do not touch the loaf with your fingers, instead use the clothe in the bread basket as a buffer to steady the bread as you slice it.
  • Place the bread and butter on your butter plate - yours is on your left - then break off a bite sized piece of bread, put a little butter on it, and eat it.
  • Don't butter the whole piece of bread and then take bites from it.
  • Don't hold your bread in one hand and a drink in the other, and
  • Don't take the last piece of bread without first offering it to others.

In some restaurants, olive oil is served with bread. Dip your bite-sized pieces of bread in the oil and eat.

Because butter is produced in rectangle form, and the butter knife is made with a dull blade to slice butter and a pointed tip to transfer cubes of butter to the plate.

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