Etiquette dinner to help students learn table manners

By Drew Teague

Formal dinners can be confusing with all the forks, spoons and china, but help is on the way.

The James W. Stuckert Career Center and the business fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi, are hosting an etiquette dinner to help those who may not know which utensils to use when.

Francene Gilmer, director of the Stuckert Career Center, will speak and help those in attendance learn how to properly eat at a formal dinner.

“We’re going to talk about how you make a place setting, how you use the utensils, how to hold them, the placement of napkins, indicating whether you’re finished with your meal or whether you are just taking a break,” Gilmer said.

Not only is the dinner teaching you that, but Gilmer said they teach you how to properly pass items around the table, like salt and pepper, rolls and butter. She said you will even be taught what to do with trash, like that from opened sugar packets.

Ryan Ray, who works at the Stuckert Career Center, is one of the organizers of the dinner, and said there will be a small fee required to attend for the cost of the dinner.

“(We’ll have) fresh garden salad, herb roasted chicken, bistro vegetables and roasted potatoes and cake for desert,” he said.

Tea, water and coffee will be served as the beverages during the dinner, Ray said.

Ray said this event had been widely publicized through the UK community. E-mails were sent to student organizations over listserv, on Facebook and on the Stuckert Career Center website to help promote the event.

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office in the Student Center for $12.50.

The dinner is Thursday, March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Center Grand Ballroom.