A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege to attend “Manners and Mimosas” a brunch event that doubled as an etiquette class.
Those of you who know me personally know I’m about as graceful as a bull in a china cabinet. Although I like to think I have a pretty decent grasp on what is acceptable or not acceptable in any given situation, I was eager to see what type of etiquette advice would be offered.
Erica Key of Eating with Erica was the host. Most of you have probably seen her Instagram account or read her blog. Frankly, knowing her personally should have been a good tip off as to what would be covered that day. Those of you who are familiar with her work know that she doesn’t stop. Ever. This woman knows how to work, so it was fitting that the two topics covered were:
- Business/social media etiquette
- Dining/wine etiquette
For $35 guests enjoyed a three-course meal, two mimosas or bloody mary’s and heard from Melissa D. White, Marketing and Social Media Expert and Lizette C. Leanza, Etiquette Coach and Certified Wine Specialist (Gourmet Uncorked).
There was a lot that was covered that afternoon, but here are some things that have stood out to me,
even a couple weeks later:
- Melissa White spoke about food at business events. Don’t be afraid to eat what you want! Don’t feel the need to order a salad if really you want the shrimp. Food is a social experience. Use it to find commonality with those around you. You never know
what connections you might make!
- Lizette taught us the trick of making a “b” and a “d” with your hands (almost like you’re making an “ok” gesture with your hand). This will always remind you that bread goes on the left and drinks on the right! Thanks Lizette. You just settled the next 25 years of arguments at my family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table.
The advice that was offered all afternoon was timely and useful. This wasn’t a “speak only when spoken to” etiquette class. Erica did a wonderful job of picking strong intelligent women act as speakers and I was very, pleasantly surprised.
Obviously I can’t talk about the event without talking about the food. I had never been to Tin Can Fish House in Sandy Springs but my time there was enough to make me want to head back.
I started with the lobster bisque, which had great flavor and enough lobster to make it worth ordering again.
For my main mean I ordered the lobster and grits. I’m not usually a person that enjoys too mush sauce on my grits but the amount of lobster and the tenderness of the lobster was a real treat. Trust me now…I’m from Massachusetts. I take lobster very, very seriously.
Finally, for dessert – key lime pie. I normally don’t order key lime anything but I promise you there was nothing left on my plate when I was done.
Keep an eye out for the next class! It is definitely not one you will want to miss.
Disclaimer – I received a complimentary ticket to attend this event in exchange for an honest and unbiased view. Opinions in this review are expressly my own and were not influenced by any outside sources.