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Manner Matters: How to Order Pizza for a Group

Molly Watson 15 comments

Everyone likes a pizza party. But who should decide the order, and what if someone has a dietary restriction? More

Manner Matters: Guests with Chips

Molly Watson 19 comments

What to do if you're hosting a dinner party and your friends insist on opening a bag of chips right before dinner. More

Manner Matters: Who's On the Grill?

Molly Watson 13 comments

This time of year, every party's a barbecue, and the invitations often ask guests to bring something to throw on the grill. Are there any rules surrounding what sorts of things you should bring and who should cook it? More

Manner Matters: Help, My Friend Chews With Her Mouth Open

Molly Watson 28 comments

Is there a way to tell a friend who chews her food with her mouth open that it is... well, distracting? More

Manner Manners: Splitting Up the Tip

Molly Watson 14 comments

How do you ensure your party tips well, without seeming like an overzealous jerk about it? More

Manner Matters: How to Share Food Without Being Rude

Molly Watson 37 comments

Is there a way to tell people they're being gross for sharing food and drinks without being rude about it? More

Manner Matters: Should You Tattle on Kids Sneaking Food?

Molly Watson 39 comments

What should you do if you see a child sneak some food from a sibling, but the parent doesn't notice? More

Manner Matters: Dealing With the Drunkety-Drunk

Molly Watson 16 comments

What should you do when a member of your party has very clearly had too much to drink and is making a scene and drawing unwanted attention from other diners? More

Manner Matters: The Finer Points of Eating With Your Hands

Molly Watson 26 comments

How should one make polite conversation whilst elbow-deep in peel-and-eat-shrimp or barbecue ribs? More

Manner Matters: Bagel Brouhaha and the Rules of Cohabitation

Molly Watson 23 comments

When a couple disagrees about houseguests' eating habits, our etiquette columnist steps in with some relationship advice. More

Manner Matters: How to Order When Out to Dinner

Molly Watson 18 comments

A reader asks: "Am I crazy for thinking ordering multiple courses at a decent restaurant is a must? If I'm not crazy, can you recommend a polite way to encourage others to order both appetizers and entrees?" More

Manner Matters: How To Dine Out With Kids

Molly Watson 31 comments

In a question that will surely draw strong opinions from all sides, a reader asks how to teach her toddler son to behave appropriately in restaurants. More

Manner Matters: How to Suitably Slurp Shellfish

Molly Watson 6 comments

What's the polite way to eat mussels, oysters, and other potentially messy shellfish? More

Manner Matters: Dealing with Dietary Demands

Molly Watson 25 comments

How far should you go to accommodate food issues with guests? More

Manner Matters: Birthday Bill Blues

Molly Watson 25 comments

In a fizzling friendship, who's responsible for picking up the tab for a birthday meal? More

Manner Matters: Crack Open That Bottle

Molly Watson 22 comments

When is the appropriate time to open a gifted bottle of wine? More

'Cake Bible' Author Rose Levy Beranbaum Charged $25 'Forkage' Fee at The Breslin

New York Adam Kuban 66 comments

Noted baking author Rose Levy Beranbaum was recently charged a $25 "forkage" fee for couple slices of cake she brought into a New York City restaurant. While it was "outside food," Beranbaum had brought the cake from a cake-related video shoot she had just done and wanted to share it with her pastry chef friends. (Heck, she even offered the pastry chef and the server a piece.) While it's common for restaurants to charge a "cake fee" to customers bringing their own dessert, here it seems a little steep. We want to know what you would do. More

Critic-Turned-Cook Mulls Question: Worst Meal Ever?

Leslie Kelly 52 comments

[Photograph: Robyn Lee] A few days after showing up for the Master Chef casting call, I got together at Palace Kitchen with fellow reality show hopefuls to compare notes. We mostly knew each other by our Twitter handles. "Aren't you Seattle Food Geek? (Also known as Scott Heimendinger.) And Salty Seattle (Linda Miller Nicholson), MarcSeattle as well as... hey, isn't that Serious Eats contributor Michael Natkin?" In between bites of sublime bites of Spam—yes, housemade Berkshire pork Spam, served on creamy grits, a poached egg on top—the pleasant conversation focused on, what else, food. One question stopped me cold. Marc Schermerhorn asked me, "What's the worst meal you've ever eaten?" As a former critic, I'm used to being asked... More

Critic-Turned-Cook Finds Critical Eating Habit Hard to Break

Leslie Kelly 19 comments

[Photograph: Robyn Lee] Since my dining budget has gone from $30,000-plus a year to zero, I don't go out often. That's why it really grinds my corn when meals go terribly wrong. As much fun as I'm having in the kitchen at Alpha Sigma Phi at the University of Washington, I occasionally wish I still had my print platform to write about restaurants that are like that emperor who had no clothes. I may not be a restaurant critic anymore, but that doesn't mean I stopped being a critical eater. The time spent in the kitchen on my quest to try and become a cook have given me new insight about the millions of little details that go into turning... More

How Do You Slip the Waiter Extra Tip Money?

Adam Kuban 44 comments

It's an awkward but common situation. Your dinner companion doesn't tip fairly and there's no chance to discreetly slip the waiter some extra money. Do you use the "it's not you, it's me" line, throwing down some extra bills? More

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