Originally Posted by winds-of-change
"Don't eat like a barbarian" reminds me of something my son did in college. He was a Finance major and one of the things they taught the students was how to go on an interview, specifically a dinner interview. They had to wear suits and ties and went to a fancy ballroom on campus. They were served a formal meal and were taught which silverware to use, how to conduct themselves and other 'rules' like don't get drunk (duh!), don't order an alcoholic drink unless the interviewer does, don't drink more than the interviewer and other rules of proper dining such as when to send the fork off with the plate and when to keep the fork, etc. They were also told to not discuss certain subjects, etc. I thought it was a great idea. So many young people don't have any clue how to eat a 'proper' meal. My son kind of liked the lesson.
I am past 40 now and have managed to avoid all but a very few fancy "formal meals" in my life. It is VERY worth it. About the most "formal" meal i will participate in is a "rehearsal dinner" for a wedding, and i've become damn good at avoiding those along with getting drafted into a wedding party.
I mean seriously, what is the justification for using eating as a background activity for an interview or presentation? Perhaps we could have a group crap and discuss the budget for last quarter? Maybe we could all have a group shower while we discuss water conservation goals for the company? Maybe everybody could come over to help me dump the litterboxes while we discuss which tax software would be the best for next year or which seminars we want to attend? There is no reason to combine a meeting with something that can happen later, much less when you wrap the two in formalities and steep them in tradition.
Eating on a date is one thing (you gotta see her teeth), but i've sat with a glass of water through many office "dinners" and just stopped off for a decently enjoyable eating experience later.
"Formal Dining" FTMFL!