Been that mom...

Been that mom...

 Very cute, but, they're utensils, not weapons

Very cute, but, they're utensils, not weapons

"Table manners, 101"

Enjoying a meal together as a family at home is becoming more challenging than ever.  When we do manage to sit together at the kitchen table, it would be nice if our children were pre-programmed for civility.  Since they rely on us, parents, for instruction and guidance, we are obligated to show them how to properly hold a knife and fork, use a napkin, maybe even set the table and help clean up!  

At ChefBQ Culinary, we get this and have developed a 40 minute class that answers the age old children's question of "Why do we have to?!"  (answer: Safety, Sanitation and Respect). We focus on the fundamentals of polite behavior when dining; whether at home, a restaurant or in the school cafeteria.  In addition to the skills of handling utensils and a napkin, we cover polite conversation topics, eating slowly, pleases and thank yous, and passing food.  Good table manners, practiced daily, become as effortless as breathing.  Or riding a bike.  Or jump rope.  Or tying your shoes:)

 Yes, that's it!

Yes, that's it!

 Dining is supposed to be fun!

Dining is supposed to be fun!

History and Experience

ChefBQ has been giving Children's Table Manners classes in restaurant dining rooms, school classrooms, Scout groups and a private Portland club for 15 years.   This is fun, educational and reinforces the basics given by parents and grandparents.  Sharing food, a story and laughter are essentials to the dining experience.  I enjoy teaching children and love the "ah-HAH!" moment when they get it.  Just sit closer to the table, close your mouth when chewing and use your napkins, please.  Thank You!