Etiquette Tuesday: To Go Box, Please

[ 3 ] September 14, 2010 |

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There are no doggy bags at a reception.  Again, I repeat there are NO doggy bags at a reception.  Thanks to a fellow foodie for this week’s Etiquette Tuesday tip.  Thought I honestly would never have to go here but duty calls…It is inappropriate to smuggle the cocktail shrimp in your purse.  Point blank.  This does not matter how full the platter looks as you exit the building, they will find a way to reuse/discard those shrimp so no need to worry your little brain.  A reception is typically a place where guests are “recieved” by their host for celebration/an informative session/or some other reason that does not include the doggy bag mentality.

My fellow foodie alerted me to a guest at a recent cocktail party they attended where one of the guests attempted to smuggle the treats out with them.  Unfortunately, I have been guilty of this very act…when I was 19 and a hungry college student.  Now this is no excuse, but at least my rationale for snagging a few extra buffalo wings was because my budget only allowed for the school’s nasty cafeteria.  After the age of 25 (*which this person was well above…), this is absolutely unacceptable.  In most instances, if you are at a reception, this means there’s something honorable taking place.  Bagging shrimp in your clutch is not honorable.  Please do better and maybe eat something before you head to the reception if you feel you might turn klepto by the end of the night…

Category: Food.Fun.Stuff.

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Johnna Rowe is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Washington, DC and North Carolina. All three places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. Rowe, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. Rowe has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9 and WJLA’s News Channel 8.

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  1. Ms. Ang A says:

    Ha! That is actually quite funny. I’m sure I’ve done that in my former day :/

  2. Johnna says:

    Seems like we are guilty of it, lol…;-)

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