Can you pass the potatoes, please?

by epi on July 25, 2013

Q: When eating family-style, which way should food be passed?

A: Technically, food is passed around the table in a counterclockwise direction, or to the right. The reason there’s even a guideline for this is to provide some sense of order when passing food. Common sense comes into play here, too. If someone only a few places away from you on your left asks for something to be passed, by all means just pass it to the left instead of sending it all the way around to the right. In general, what’s important is that when several dishes are being passed at the same time, they all go in the same direction.

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Mike Parr December 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Please advise which had is to receive the plate of food being passed and which hand is to pass it on. At Boy Scout camp (for three years), we were taught to receive with our right (receive/right) and pass with our left, all in counter-clockwise direction.

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