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Etiquette Refresher: How to eat Soup

If soup is served and it comes in a wide, fairly flat dish, scoop it up by pushing your spoon away from you rather than towards you.  Never put the entire spoon in your mouth – instead, fill a soup spoon to about 75% full, bring it up to your mouth and sip from the side – with as little slurping as possible.

When your soup runs low it’s acceptable to tilt the dish away from you to capture the remnants.  Don’t dispair to leave a small amount in the dish as there is nothing more irritaing than one scraping away at the dish as if it’s the last meal you’ll be eating.

If consommé is served in a cup or a bowl with handles, use your spoon to consume what you can then put the spoon on the saucer, concave side upwards.  Pick up the cup or bowl by it’s handle/s and drink the rest.

Bread served with soup should not be dipped and eaten.  This serves the reason for having croutons (toasted bread cut in bite size pieces) which accompanies soups.

Where to leave your spoon? If the bowl is shallow it’s perfectly acceptable to leave the spoon in the dish facing away from you.  If not, place on the saucer provided.

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    Kathryn
    January 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    This was a very helpful post! May I ask if there is a proper way to eat cereal? I will be going to visit my fiancé’s family, and he’s told me that some mornings are “fancy breakfast mornings, while others are plain old cereal mornings.”

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