People who do offensive things at the dinner table generally don’t know their behavior is offensive. Here is a list of things to avoid.
1. DO NOT CHEW FOOD WITH YOUR MOUTH OPEN
People that chew food with their mouth open are not aware they are doing it. The next time you eat, pay attention to whether you are chewing with you mouth open. If you are, please stop.
Smacking and crunching. Eat as quietly as possible. For many, other people’s smacking noises are cringe-making.
2. DO NOT BOLT YOUR FOOD
Eat your food slowly and enjoy it. Give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the company of your dining companions.
3. NEVER SPEAK WITH A FULL MOUTH
A mouth full of food is unpleasant to see and makes conversation difficult to hear.
Make sure not to talk with even a little bit of food in your mouth.
Wait before your dining companions have finished chewing before asking them a question.
Reach for something only within the invisible boundary that separates your personal space from the other diners’. If something is outside this area, ask for the item to be passed to you.
5. DON’T STUFF YOUR MOUTH FULL OF FOOD
Don’t stuff your cheeks full of food and don’t take exceedingly large bites of food.
Don’t form food into a ball in one cheek or take a sip of anything while chewing.