What should you do if your dinner date always orders pretty much the entire menu to share?
If you don't like a restaurant's housemade gin & tonic, can you bring your own bottle of Canada Dry?
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Everyone likes a pizza party. But who should decide the order, and what if someone has a dietary restriction?
What to do if you're hosting a dinner party and your friends insist on opening a bag of chips right before dinner.
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?
Is there a way to tell a friend who chews her food with her mouth open that it is... well, distracting?
How do you ensure your party tips well, without seeming like an overzealous jerk about it?
Is there a way to tell people they're being gross for sharing food and drinks without being rude about it?
What should you do if you see a child sneak some food from a sibling, but the parent doesn't notice?
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?
How should one make polite conversation whilst elbow-deep in peel-and-eat-shrimp or barbecue ribs?
When a couple disagrees about houseguests' eating habits, our etiquette columnist steps in with some relationship advice.
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?"
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.
What's the polite way to eat mussels, oysters, and other potentially messy shellfish?
How far should you go to accommodate food issues with guests?
In a fizzling friendship, who's responsible for picking up the tab for a birthday meal?
When is the appropriate time to open a gifted bottle of wine?
You have bread. You have butter. You have a knife and a plate of some sort. Now what?
Get the basics on choosing a restaurant for a first date.
You're done eating. Now where do your knife and fork go?
At a meal with a mixed crowd, whose responsibility is it to keep the conversation flowing?
How should you respond when an acquaintance takes a bite off your plate uninvited?
How do you deal with a dinner party guest who asks what to bring, then shows up with a grocery bag and expects to prepare the dish in your kitchen?
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