If you are like most guys, you did not go to etiquette class when you were in school. You don’t know which side of the plate to put the fork on and you definitely don’t know why you cannot tuck the napkin into your shirt. However, when you are on a date, it is best to have some manners. You do not need to give her lessons on how to eat properly, but if she knows anything about manners, she will be impressed by your knowledge. This is when you should know which fork to use, how to use your B&B plate and how to taste wine. If you don’t know these things and she does, she will think less of you without even realizing she is doing it.
Which Fork to Use
If you sit down and there is more than one fork, you might start comparing to see which ones are shorter or longer than the rest. Instead of pulling out your pocket measuring tape, go ahead and order your dinner. You will not need to worry about which fork to use until the first course arrives. Always start from the outside and work your way in. If you are grabbing your fork, just grab the one furthest from your plate. The same goes for if you are using the knife. If there is more than one knife, use the one furthest from your plate. If you do not have a need for multiple forks, your waiter should remove them before your food arrives.
How to Use Your B&B Plate
First thing you need to know about using a B&B plate is that B&B stands for bread and butter. This is the plate you are supposed to use for your bread and butter. So when the bread arrives on the table, you can remove a piece of bread and put it on your B&B plate. Do not grab the butter and just start slathering the bread with it. The butter goes on the plate along with the bread. As you are eating the bread, you are supposed to use the B&B knife to put just enough butter on the bread for each bite. Repeat until you have eaten the bread.