During my dining workshops I’m often asked about those difficult to eat foods. You know the ones; wings, ribs, iced cake, even pizza and burgers.
Somehow, in the aura of a dining workshop, some people feel that proper dining behaviour always calls for knives, forks, and pinkies. Go ahead, try to wrestle with that wing with a knife and fork. How silly.
Yes, there are some foods that are intended to be eaten with the fingers. That doesn’t mean though that respectful dining habits stay in the drawer with the knife and fork.
- It might be finger licking good but please don’t. Imagine watching someone savour each sauce coated finger and then reach for another wing, rib, or burger.
- Napkins. Use them. A lot.
- Pants are not napkins.
- If you’re hosting a party and planning to serve messy finger foods also plan for the inevitable messy fingers dilemma. Have lots of napkins and wipes handy. For a lovely clean-up pass around hot-from-the-microwave-damp-washcloths as the airlines do – well, as they did when they still had the frills.
- Double dipping. Don’t even think about it. Don’t turn the carrot stick around to dip the other end either. It was held by your fingers.
Watch George from Seinfeld in a double dip moment.
At a recent event my eye was drawn to someone meticulously licking each finger. Mmmmm….that cake must have been good. Lots of gooey icing. They then proceeded to continue to meet and greet other attendees. That meant shaking hands. Enough said.
Finger foods are fun and suitable for many occasions. Enjoy them as they’re passed around. Just take the napkins too.