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Title: American Food, Diet, and Restaurant Culture

American Food, Diet, and Restaurant Culture
What kind of food does they serve here?
What kind of food do they serve here?
Manners and customs Seating
  • Enter restaurant and look for Please Wait to be
    Seated sign…
  • If no sign, seat yourself
  • If sign, then wait
  • The first thing a hostess will ask is how
    many…you can avoid this just by raising 2-3
    fingers when you establish eye contact.
  • In some cities/states, the hostess will ask
    Smoking or Non-smoking
  • If you do not like the table you are offered, it
    is acceptable to ask for another one…for
    instance, if it is near a door which allows cold
    air to come in, or near a window, or near a
    servers station.
  • Turn off your mobile phone, or put it on vibrate.
    Even though other customers may talk, it is
    considered somewhat rude. If you need to take a
    call, excuse yourself from the table and talk in
    the lobby or outside the restaurant.

Manners and customs Seating, cont.
  • While the hostess is taking you to the table, you
    can ask for a booster-seat or high-chair for
    your child, if it is necessary.

Booster seat
Manners and customs Getting started
  • As soon as you are seated, place your napkin in
    your lap.
  • The host might begin by telling you the daily
    specials. I dont usually pay attentioncant
    understand this part myself. Sometimes the
    specials will be written on a chalkboard which
    the server might point to or bring to the table.
  • In most restaurants, someone the bus boy will
    immediately bring you water.
  • The server will usually come quickly to take your
    drink orders. At this point, all the server wants
    is to say Hi, get a drink order, and keep moving
    around to other tables. You do not need to order
    anythingit is perfectly acceptable to just drink
    the water. If it was not already brought for you,
    ask for it. You can also order a beverage and
    also request some water. Probably a good idea to
    have the waterrefills of it are free…not all
    restaurants (but most will) offer free refills on
    beverages and it is not good to be surprised by
    being charged for 5 Cokes!.

Manners and customs Childrens issues
  • You should bring some toys/books for your
  • Some restaurants will offer crayons and a
    placemat for children to color.
  • There should be a section of the menu with
    childrens items smaller portions cheaper
    prices…no, your wife cant order from it for
  • Your children should stay seated and not run
    around…nor should they be very noisy. If so, one
    of you should take them on a walk.
  • If your kids make a mess, leave a really big tip.

Manners and customs Menus
  • Most the time there are daily specials. Either
    these are items not usually on the menu, or
    simply items the management wants to, uh, get rid
    off. Also, maybe they make a special high profit
    off them.
  • In really fancy restaurants the Refectory, the
    womans menu will not have prices.
  • The server will wait for you to put the menu
    down, and then come take your order. As long as
    the menu is open, the server will think you are
    still deciding.
  • It is okay to ask the server some questions about
    the items on the menu when s/he comes to take
    your order. You do not need to have already made
    a final decision.

Manners and customs Ordering
  • In many restaurants, the servers will
    specifically askcan I get you any appetizers or
    starters. These are high-profit items for them.
    Dont feel pressured to order them.
  • You should order an entrée for each person. The
    menu will say whether the entrée includes a salad
    and rolls butter. For the salad, the server
    will ask, What kind of dressing do you want on
    that? French, Italian, Ranch, Blue Cheese
    (sometimes costs extra), Vinaigrette (low fat),
    1000 Island.
  • Some entrées are considered a la carte and you
    also need to order sides such as french fries
    or salads or soup, as extra items. A hamburger
    may, for instance, come with free potato chips
    but if you want fries it is a little bit more.
  • If you order a steak or other piece of meat
    usually beef, the server will ask How do you
    want that cooked? Rare, medium-rare, medium,

Manners and Customs Serving
  • All your meals are usually served at the same
    time. If not, try to wait until everyone is
    served to being eating. If others are served
    before you, it is your duty to tell them Go
    ahead and eat, while it is hot.
  • If your food is incorrect, you should tell the
    server as soon as you realize this. If the server
    is gone, try to get his/her attention, or be
    patient for a moment. Servers are trained to
    return shortly after serving to ask Is
    everything okay?
  • If your meat is under-cooked, you can send it
    back to the kitchen to be cooked some more. If
    it is over-cooked, really cooked incorrectly, you
    can ask for a new meal…this will take time
    though. If the restaurant is a very nice one,
    they might allow you to eat it if you want and
    not charge you for it.

Manners and customs Eating
  • Food in bowls should be eaten with spoons other
    than salad.
  • Everything else should be eaten with the fork.
  • In a fancy restaurant there might be multiple
    forks or spoons. Start on the outsidesmall
    salad fork to begin with, then larger dinner
    fork for the meal.
  • If your silverware is dirty, or you drop it on
    the floor, simply ask for some more. or grab it
    yourself off the other table…you wont usually
    get yelled at for this!.

Manners and customs Finishing your meal
  • The server will keep an eye on you and when you
    are finished, will ask Can I take that for you?
  • If you do not finish, the server might ask if you
    want to take the remainder home. Even if the
    server does not ask, you can request it.
  • At this point, the server will ask if you want
    dessert. It is customary to wait until after
    youve eaten to order dessert…the server may
    bring you a dessert menu, or you can ask what
    they have…you can ask to see the menu again.
  • It is not uncommon for people to share desserts.
    You can ask for a piece of cake and two forks
    or three forks.

Manners and customs Paying the bill
  • When you are all done, the server will tell you
    s/he will be right back with the check.
  • If you are in a hurry, you can ask for the
    check…otherwise, just wait. The server is usually
    eager for you to go so s/he can turn the table
    and have new customers.
  • Most of the time, in a restaurant, you will
    simply put your credit card or cash with the
    check and the server will take it to the register
    and return with the receipt to sign or the
  • Sometimes, you will be expected to take the bill
    to the register yourself and pay there.

Manners and customs Tipping
  • This is very important!
  • The server is usually paid minimum wage, or less.
    Maybe the server only receives 2.50 or
  • The server relies on the tip for the vast
    majority of his/her wagethis system originated
    in English hundreds of years ago.
  • You should pay 15 unless the server is
    completely incompetent or rude to you. The server
    should never request a tip, however.
  • If the food is bad, you should not penalize the
  • It is easiest to pay 20. Simply divide the
    amount of the check by 5.
  • The tip can be left in cash (including coins),
    even if you pay be credit card. Or, it can be
    added to the credit card and the restaurant
    calculates the amount of tips and pays the server
    in cash.
  • IMPORTANT In many restaurants, for a dinner
    group of 5 or 6 people, or more, the tip is
    automatically added to the bill !! Therefore,
    you should be careful not to add another tip. If
    this is the policy of the restaurant, it will
    probably be printed on the menu. Or, you can
    examine the bill itself to see if it is there. If
    you are still unsure, and you are eating with a
    large group, you should ask Has the tip already
    been added to this? Sometimes, a server will not
    expect you to know and hope that you pay an
    additional tip!

Typical kinds of restaurants
  • Fast food
  • Chain restaurants
  • Burger joints
  • Bar food/cafeteria
  • Ethnic food
  • Italian
  • Mexican
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Thai
  • Greek
  • Indian

Fast Food
Fast Food, cont.
Chain Restaurants
Burger Joints
Typical kinds of drinks
  • Soft drinks/ordinary beverages
  • Hard drinks
  • Hard liquor
  • Martini
  • Gin Tonic
  • Vodka Tonic
  • CC Water Canadian club
  • Bourbon coke Jack Daniels Coca Cola
  • Seven Seven Seagrams 7Up
  • Fancy drinks
  • Pina colada
  • Daiquiri
  • Margarita
  • Mojitos

Ethnic foods
  • Italian
  • Mexican
  • Chinese
  • Indian
  • Korean
  • Thai
  • Greek

Presentations for Friday
  • Choose one of the ethnic types of foods other
    than Korean! and give a 3-5 minute presentation
    to your classmates about it.
  • Suggestions
  • Discuss items on the menu
  • Show photographs of different specialties
  • Show an online menu
  • Recommend some nearby locations