Etiquette Tuesday: Leftover

[ 0 ] November 29, 2011 |


Turkey Day is over and besides leftovers, I took away stories for Etiquette Tuesday.  One story took the cake and this week’s etiquette tip goes to the leftovers.  I did not know this but some people actually bring empty bowls to parties for their end of the night to-go plate.  How tacky?!  To go plates are not a pre-party activity, they are a post-party activity.  To bring your own bowl to leave the party with would be making an assumption that it is OK to leave with the goodies.  Please keep in mind these are large holiday parties I’m talking about, not the house party of 8-10 guests.  Large parties are not appropriate for this type of behavior unless it is understood that all of the remaining food must go with the guests.

This is not to say that it is even more appropriate to bring your own bowl to a small gathering.  Let the host make the decision without seeing your bowl for some coercion into the situation.  The fact that one of my guests knew someone that does this at every holiday party (*without permission) is a problem.  The holiday party is a time for celebration, not a time for you to go grocery shopping.  Though the Junior’s cheesecake may be calling your name, have some coif.  If there’s something left over for you, then snag a napkin and try to avoid smashing it on the train…but perfect cheesecake in your bowl is just bad.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four 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. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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