"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:)
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!