No, it’s not OK to chew on ice from your drinks (it’s not a food group) and NO you can’t put that napkin in your lap as soon as you sit down on the table!
Jokes aside, fine dining is an art which requires good observation skills and a sharp mind. Business relationships are nurtured and fortified in social settings. Good business dining etiquettes can turn you into an amazing marketing rep of your company!
Always arrive on time! And if God forbid for some reason you are going to be late; always inform! If you arrive earlier then your host then waiting for 15 minutes before calling them is appropriate. But good dining etiquettes dictate that instead of leaving the table in anger after half an hour, it would be more appropriate to just go ahead and order your food! When ordering keep it simple. Leave that Crab for the next time!
You should wait for the chief guest or host to open their napkins and start eating before you do so yourself. And no don’t tuck it in your collars, instead unfold the napkin to half a fold and place it in your lap.
Business dining etiquettes say that it’s wise not to hog up all the conversation; remember closing the deal is not your ultimate objective here, just make a good impression and the business will come! The business should only be discussed if your host brings it up first and the meal should pass as quietly as possible. So the next point is understandable. Instead of banging your glass with a spoon to get your waiters attention, raise your hand slightly and make eye contact with them. They will come!
As far as the table setting is concerned, follow the general rule of outside- in with utensils. Dessert utensils will either be served with dessert or will at the top most of main plate. When in doubt, do as the host does!
Another pet peeve of poor business dining etiquettes is leaving utensils hanging off the edge of your plate at the end of meal. Make sure that when you are done eating both utensils should rest next to each other, faces up on your plate. Pushing the plate away when you are done eating is considered very bad manners.
Follow these guidelines, project yourself at your personal best and rest assured that everyone will see you in a better light as well. Be confident; it shows!