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What is formal food service?

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December 31, 2012 8:55AM

a sweet tender starter which may include pieces of a choice of fish, chicken, lamb, etc.

If vegetarian you can serve dishes of vegetable potatoes or other fresh ranges.

I think the question may refer to 'Silver Service': the diners are seated and waiters or servers move round the table offering each dish. Food is offered to the right of the diner and is placed on the diner's plate by the waiter using a fork and spoon, rather like chopsticks, to lift and transport the food.

Between courses wine waiters move around the table filling glasses which are placed on the table just above the knives at the right hand side of the plate.

After a course, plates and cutlery are cleared by servers moving in to the Left side of the diner. Then the next course is served in a similar way to the right of the diner.

There may be a toast in between courses when the host at the head of the table or a toastmaster will announce the toast. Diners may be expected to stand, to raise their glasses and repeat the phrasing of the toast, for example, "The Queen" before reseating themselves.

The array of cutlery and wine glasses at a formal dinner may be bewildering - the usual rule is to begin outside and work inwards. The serving staff will remove each piece of cutlery, crockery or wine glass as it becomes redundant and you simply pick up the outermost utensil for the next course.