How to Eat Soup: An Etiquette Refresher January 22, 2006Posted by Yvonne in Distinctions.
Yesterday a few friends and I were at Fazio’s in SF for lunch, and the soup was Carrot Ginger, when all of a sudden there came a demand for this critical information:
From Vogue’s Book of Etiquette, Chapter 8 – Table Manners, Twenty-Three Rules:
#4: When soup is served in a plate, the spoon should always be filled with a motion away from the table edge. The old-fashioned ironclad rule used to be that one should drink only from the side of the spoon, tilting the soup gently into the mouth. This is no longer strictly observed, and neither is the rule against tilting the soup plate itself. If the plate is tilted, it should be away from, and not toward, the edge of the table.
#5 When one has finished one’s soup, the spoon is left in the soup plate, handle to the right, over the edge of the plate, parallel to the edge of the table; but it should never be left in a soup cup or any other cup. The spoon should lie on the saucer of the cup. Never, even for a moment, should a spoon be left sticking out of the cup.
I’m not sure how it fits in with the PhD, but I’m sure it’s quite important.