Monday, July 7, 2008

Business Meal Arrival

Get to the restaurant about 15 minutes early and check your coat. If you did not tip the maître d’ at the dress rehearsal, do so now. Wait for your guest near the door. If you must take your seat because there is no place to wait, leave your napkin on the table and don’t eat or drink anything until your guest arrives. In other words, the table should remain pristine. Stand up when your guest arrives and remain standing until he or she is seated.
If you are waiting for more than one guest, wait near the door, if possible, for 5 or 10 minutes; then tell the maître d’ you are expecting someone and ask to be seated. The ideal situation is for all of the guests to go to the table together, although this may not always be possible.

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