Please Pass the Potatoes

by Linda on April 10, 2017

Please pass the potatoes!

As you might guess, business etiquette is one of my favorite topics.  It might make or break an opportunity lurking in the mind of a guest.   That opportunity may be the person sitting next to you at a picnic table in the home of a mutual friend.

Baked Potatoes Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes by

Just so happens, that we, my husband and I were at a picnic at a friend’s home.  As the hotdogs were being brought to the picnic table by the hostess, the person to the left of my husband was concerned when the hostess handed the food to my husband first and my husband didn’t offer it first to him, the person to his left.  He was more than mildly upset.  It was a casual event, not that your etiquette should become casual or disappear, but it was an interesting response.

Here is specific advice directly from The Emily Post Institute.

“Counter Clockwise!”

Her website states:
“Food is passed around the table in a counterclockwise direction, or to the right. The reason for this convention is to provide some sense of order when serving or passing food. What’s important is that when several dishes are being passed at the same time, they all go in the same direction. Otherwise, someone will end up with a dish coming from the right and another from the left at the same time. However, 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.”

Passing the Potatoes – I am reminded of Uncle Harry, who at Thanksgiving with a full table of 24 family members would start the potatoes to his right counter clockwise and deliberately to his left clockwise start the turnips.  He would then sit back and watch the collision and laugh.  Passing food around the table clockwise or not always reminds me, Uncle Harry. It is a great memory for such a “ stuffy” subject.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Alice Gerard April 10, 2017 at 6:36 PM

I’m a little confused. Isn’t right clockwise, as opposed to counter clockwise? Anyway, the potatoes look very yummy. And collisions of food are funny.


Linda April 10, 2017 at 9:19 PM

Although it does seem that going to the right is clockwise, it is actually counter clockwise. The potatoes – All my favorite


Martha April 10, 2017 at 7:16 PM

So who is the first to get served or do you just start somewhere and move along? Either way, those potatoes look delicious!


Linda April 10, 2017 at 9:17 PM

Actually, the senior person at the table should be the first to be served. But, most of the time we just start by serving the person closest to the kitchen.


LadyInRead April 10, 2017 at 8:49 PM

There is definitely a Uncle Harry in every family!! Reading about that made me smile – thank you!


Jack and Jenny April 10, 2017 at 8:52 PM

Ha! I have an uncle Larry who likes to pass things in opposite directions!
But me personally, I’ve never met a potato that I didn’t like. These look delish!
Stop by and say HI!


Linda April 10, 2017 at 9:15 PM

Those were pics in – my go to book. Thanks for stoppoing by.


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