First Annual Etiquette Dinner Held at MC

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Course 3 of the four-course meal (photo: Sara Monterroso)

Manners Matter: a phrase that many have heard and many have tried to remember. Even if students grew up knowing that manners are important, most of these student probably didn’t realize it’s an art–the art of etiquette.

On Wed. April 6, Student Life hosted their first annual etiquette dinner. The goal of the dinner: to teach students about basic etiquette rules, specially tailored for “business” meals.

Who better to teach the art of etiquette than etiquette expert Crystal Bailey.

Crystal Bailey teaching students and staff basic etiquette (photo: Sara Monterroso)
Crystal Bailey teaching students and staff basic etiquette (photo: Sara Monterroso)

Bailey is the director of the Etiquette Institution of Washington. Bailey’s expertise lies in “helping businesses and young professional’s protocol, networking and dining skills etiquette.” (The Etiquette Institution)

Through the four courses that were served at the dinner, Bailey went through the proper utilization of silverware to nailing the art of cutting food to folding your napkin properly on your lap.

Course 3 of the four-course meal (photo: Sara Monterroso)
Course 3 of the four-course meal (photo: Sara Monterroso)

Bailey taught the attendees the do’s and don’ts when having an interview or meeting over a meal.

She mentioned the importance of attire, grooming and choice of entree.

Students enjoyed a four course meal and were instructed to sit at a table at random to improve communication skills or “networking.”

Students having lively conversations at the etiquette dinner. (photo: Sara Monterroso)
Students having conversations at the etiquette dinner. (photo: Sara Monterroso)

 

Students having conversation at the etiquette dinner. (photo: Sara Monterroso)
Students having conversation at the etiquette dinner. (photo: Sara Monterroso)