Etiquette

In Good Taste: 'Entertaining' Neighbors

Jun 2, 2015

Dear Etta Kate: Now that the season of outdoor parties is upon us, I need your help. I like to host cookouts at my place. It can be hard to contain the noise -- not to mention the aromas -- from all the activity. My neighbor Heidi lives next door. A friend told me I must invite Heidi to my next cookout. Is that true? What are my obligations to my neighbors? I want to enjoy my summer. Sincerely, Cookie

In Good Taste: When No Means No Second Helpings

Apr 17, 2015

Dear Etta Kate: I'm an accomplished cook. My brunch and dinner guests are often reluctant to take second portions of the dishes I'm serving, even once they've happily devoured everything on their plates. Aren't they just being polite? I want to insist they eat more. 

Signed, Generosity

Welcome to “In Good Taste,” where we’ll explore all things mannerly pertaining to food and how to enjoy it with others. Today we’ll explain how a host can make dinner party guests feel welcomed.

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Welcome to A Trifling Placea podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.

The story goes that the deeper South you go, the friendlier the people become. So moving here a year ago, I was well-prepared for the onslaught of "Yes m'ams" and chivalrous men who insist that you walk through the revolving door first.