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Proper table setting

Table Setting Basics

Serving (from the French service) is a term in cooking, which refers to a number of related processes when eating:

  • the process of laying the table, with the placement of covers (cutlery) on it - table setting ;
  • decoration of dishes to give them an outwardly interesting appearance - serving the dishes ;
  • selection and presentation of certain wines to certain dishes - serving wines .

Also serving is the process of serving guests. Usually one of three types is used:

  • Russian serving - dishes are divided into individual portions and laid out on plates in the kitchen or on the buffet and served to the guests one at a time in the order they appear on the menu;
  • French serving - dishes are set on the table, guests choose them;
  • English serving - the waiter enters the guests with meals in turn and puts them on the plates.

An important point in attracting visitors is the correct table setting. The word “serving” has two meanings: firstly, the preparation of the table for breakfast, lunch, dinner or tea, that is, the arrangement of dishes in a certain order, and secondly, the totality of objects (dishes, table linen) intended for this purpose . Table setting is multi-variant.

Pre-table setting is the most important stage in preparing the hall for receiving visitors. The form of serving depends on the class of the enterprise, method and time of service.

In the morning and lunch time, a minimum serving is carried out, in the evening - more complete.

Table Setting Basics

Table setting must meet the following requirements

  1. match the type of service;
  2. match the menu of the offered snacks, dishes and drinks;
  3. combined with the shape of the table, the color of the tablecloth and napkins, with the shape of their coagulation, with the overall interior of the hall;
  4. reflect the national identity and thematic focus of the enterprise;
  5. all serving items must be in accordance with the rules.

Serving sequence

  1. Covering the table with a tablecloth;
  2. Serving plates;
  3. Serving with appliances;
  4. Serving glass (crystal) dishes;
  5. Table decoration with napkins;
  6. Arrangement of devices for spices;
  7. Arrangement of vases with flowers.

When setting the table, observe a certain order

  • first put earthenware or porcelain dishes;
  • then stack the appliances;
  • and after that they put crystal or glass;

Glasses, glasses, glasses, laying on the table, hold the leg.


Table Setting Basics

Why not take a beautiful dinner service from the sideboard and arrange a beautiful breakfast for yourself? By the way, do not forget to put a small bouquet in the center of the table.


Table Setting Basics

If for breakfast you can do with napkins, then for dinner, cover the table with a tablecloth.

Dinner is regular (informal).

Table Setting Basics

You can use a tablecloth, or you can use a track.

Official dinner

Table Setting Basics

Here, in theory, the more beautiful, the better. If the tablecloth, then snow-white, if napkins, then in the rings.

Cutlery Application Pattern

Table Setting Basics
Table Setting Basics

And in order not to forget what cutlery for what is needed.

How to express an opinion on food

Table Setting Basics

If suddenly it happened to you that you were in a restaurant, then you can express your opinion about the service of the chef without the requirements of a book of complaints and threats that they will all be fired thanks to you.

What and what drink

Table Setting Basics
Table Setting Basics

How to choose the right wine for food is a useful article on how to drink and what.

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