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The New Etiquette – Socially yours By Ms. Reenie

Irene Felicia WeathersbyThe holidays have come to an end and we have entered a new year with new resolutions! Just remember for your next year holiday feast, keep in mind the following etiquette tips regarding LEFTOVERS. We know that after preparing such a fabulous meal there will be some left that can be served the next day.

There’s a lot of confusion around who’s entitled to what. Is it your duty as a host to offer your guests leftovers? If you are a guest, is it rude or inconsiderate to bring your own containers in anticipation of next-day treats?

Fear not—we are here to help.

foodHere are five common etiquette questions surrounding leftovers

1. If you contribute a dish to a “Friendsgiving” can you take your own leftovers home?

No—that dish you brought was a gift to the host and everyone who is attending the dinner. You should not expect to bring any leftovers home.

2. Can you ask for your food back if the host never served it?

Again, no. Asking for your food back is impolite. Maybe you think you’re doing them a favor, but it could come across as being stingy. Now, if the host asks you if you want to take your food home with you because it was never served, by all means, indulge them.

3. Is it okay to ask guests to bring their own to-go containers?

Yes, absolutely. Not only does it free your guests from the burden of scheduling a time to return your Tupperware, but it also takes the burden off you to provide containers for everyone. It’s a win-win for all.

4. What’s the best way to keep your guests from walking away with all the leftovers?

As with so many things, honesty is your best policy. If your guest asks to take home your turkey carcass, the one you’ve been looking forward to turning into delicious stock all week, tell them, respectfully, that you’d prefer if they didn’t. If they insist, you may have to yield.

5. Can you donate your leftovers?

Sharing your food surplus is a generous offer, but it’s a risky endeavor. Perishable food needs to be kept at certain temperatures to be safe, which can be tricky for home cooks. Most shelters and food banks only accept new and pre-packaged food. Always find out the kinds of restrictions most places use when accepting donated food. If you’re in doubt, call your local pantry, food bank, church, or homeless shelter to see what their food donation policies are.

Make a great and prosperous New Year in!
Socially yours,
Ms. Irene Felicia
Executive Event Planner and Protocol Trainer