There are several differences between the French table manners and American dinner etiquette. Table manners in France are fundamental to every public dining situation. And every essential skill has to be built on a solid knowledge base. For French’s dining is more than just consuming calories, it is an Art de Vivre, a part of the partimoine culture. There is a proper technique for eating everything from asparagus to fish or dessert… 

There are several differences between the French table manners and American dinner etiquette. Table manners in France are fundamental to every public dining situation. And every essential skill has to be built on a solid knowledge base. For French’s dining is more than just consuming calories, it is an Art de Vivre, a part of the partimoine culture. There is a proper technique for eating everything from foie gras to salad…

Oh yes, Parisian ladies have beaches even in Paris: Paris-Plage. At the core of French manners is the "savoir-vivre" and good behavior. Thus, despite holidays being synonymous with rest and relaxation, one should never forget good manners. Here are some basic rules that a Parisian lady must respect when on the beach, whether she is in Biarritz, Brittany, or on the Côte d'Azur.

Il formaggio è uno dei fiori all’occhiello del patrimonio gastronomico francese ed è il prodotto lattiero caseario più consumato dalla parigina. Ma come tagliarlo secondo la forma come a Parigi?

Così come ci piace vestirci per uscire, indossare dei bei gioielli, il bon ton a tavola deve riflettere la nostra eleganza e il “savoir vivre”. Questo “savoir vivre” alla francese non deve mai essere privo di semplicità e di naturalezza, per essere elegante. A Parigi, l’arte della tavola è un’arte molto rigorosa, soprattutto quando parliamo di posate.

Eh sì, le Parigine hanno le spiagge anche a Parigi, Paris-Plage, e il “savoir-vivre” e il comportamento da avere con gli altri sono fondamentali nell’educazione francese: le vacanze sono sinonimi di riposo e di relax, senza dimenticare mai la buona educazione. Ecco alcune regole base che deve rispettare una parigina quando sta sulla spiaggia, che sia a Biarritz, in Bretagna o sulla Costa Azzurra.

«Grazie a Maria Consiglio Visco Marigliano del Monte per avermi dato la possibilità di partecipare a questa trasmissione che esalta la nobiltà del saper vivere in un'epoca di volgarizzazione e di globalizzazione ad oltranza. La cultura e le tradizioni comuni ai nostri due Paesi, Italia e Francia, sono di eccezionale qualità e devono rimanere presenti in ogni atto della nostra vita», ci dice Nathalie Peigney. Lo sapevate che Parigi ha anche le sue spiagge e le parigine il loro art-de-vivre sulle spiagge? «Anche la spiaggia esige da noi il rispetto di norme e comportamenti dettati da educazione e buon gusto…"

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In French culture, there are rules about how certain foods are to be served at formal occasions. The most difficult dishes to serve are not necessarily the most difficult to enjoy. Serving foie gras, smoked salmon or fish to Parisian guests? In French tradition, there’s special etiquette for serving these dishes. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for the perfect hostess or host…

For a very long time in France, cheese was considered food for the masses, and therefore actually low-class. Until the French Revolution (1780), cheese was hardly mentioned in French menus. However, for a large part of the French population, cheese constituted the only source of protein in their diets. Nonetheless, certain dairy products, such as crème fraiche (sort of like our sour cream) and fresh soft cheeses (akin to our cream cheese or cottage cheese) were considered worthy of aristocratic palates.

In French culture, there are rules about how certain foods are to be served at formal occasions. The most difficult dishes to serve are not necessarily the most difficult to enjoy. Serving grapefruit, a nougat glacé or a cantaloupe to Parisian guests? In French tradition, there’s special etiquette for serving these dishes. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for the perfect hostess or host…

At an upper crust dinner, how does one seat guests, in a way that shows respect for everyone and hurts no one’s feelings? Seating protocol is a conundrum for many a host and hostess.
The first thing to do is to draw up a guest list in order of social status and age. This will determine the order in which people are seated relative to the hosts of the table.

"In Parisian tradition, being a first-class hostess is more than pouring drinks and seeing that everyone gets fed. Meticulous attention to detail is very important to us, even after the meal.  Guests must feel pampered and cocooned as they slowly digest and engage in after-dinner conversation. It’s up to the hostess to see that everyone is having a nice time and will have wonderful memories of the evening. It’s time to serve good coffee, relaxing herbal teas, or delightful liqueurs.  If smoking is allowed, it’s also the right time to pass around the cigarette box, and offer the gents hand-rolled Churchills."

There are several differences between the French table manners and American dinner etiquette. Table manners in France are fundamental to every public dining situation. And every essential skill has to be built on a solid knowledge base. For French’s dining is more than just consuming calories, it is an Art de Vivre, a part of the partimoine culture. There is a proper technique for eating everything from asparagus to fish or dessert… 

There are several differences between the French table manners and American dinner etiquette. Table manners in France are fundamental to every public dining situation. And every essential skill has to be built on a solid knowledge base. For French’s dining is more than just consuming calories, it is an Art de Vivre, a part of the partimoine culture. There is a proper technique for eating everything from foie gras to salad…

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