Etiquette

Pass the Manners, Please

We call it “Pass the Manners, Please.” It’s a fun, informative dinner that covers all the important distinctions in table manners. So as students enjoy a multi-course meal, they are learning all the key skills that define proper dining protocols, including:

  • Taking a seat properly
  • Identifying place settings and glassware
  • Handling utensils and napkins
  • Eating common and unusual foods
  • Passing food around the table
  • Handling unwanted foods
  • Saying thanks and toasting
  • And more!

Our “Pass the Manners, Please” dining skills classes are open to young people in Grades 5–12. We also offer a variety of custom-designed dining skills classes for young adults and adults alike.  Enrollment is limited. Registration is managed on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay. Reserve your spot at our table by registering online today. (Please note that there is a five-day cancellation policy for this program.)

  • manners in motion

    “Mrs. Cherry, I hope this e-mail finds you well! I just wanted to tell you thank you for helping shape me into the person I am today through Cotillion. For eight years, I was involved in Cotillion and I loved every single minute of it. I recall memories of my days on that dance floor from time to time. As a college student, I am put in situations where those skills I learned through Cotillion have been a tremendous help and have even saved me from embarrassing moments at times. A few weeks ago, I attended a reception for a leadership program that I am participating in. When I arrived, we were told to write our names on name tags and then mingle with everyone there. Senators, Business Representatives, and NCSU Faculty were all in attendance. When I went to put the name tag on, I immediately placed it on my right side. I then started looking around and noticed that everyone else was divided when it came to placing their name tags. I think it was one of those situations where whoever got their name tag first placed it on the left side and then everyone followed behind. I know this is a simple example but I immediately thought of you and Cotillion. The lessons and values I learned have followed me and continue to be useful years after I finished serving as a marshal. Thank you again and I hope to see you soon!”

    ~ Bradley Glover