Soup Etiquette

7 Tips for Soup Lovers

Posted by Liz Taylor Feb 10, 2012

One of my favorite parts of going to lunch on a cold winter day in Minneapolis is to indulge in a bowl of hot soup. If you also crave soup and want to make sure your etiquette is up to par, here are seven quick tips:

  1. Your soup spoon can be located on the right hand side of your place setting. Soup is traditionally the first course so it will be located on the outside of the salad knife.
  2. Maintain a straight spine, sit up straight and refrain from hunching over your bowl. There should be about two hand widths spacing you from your soup.
  3. Spoon the soup away from you and use the side of the bowl or cup to eliminate any drips.
  4. To avoid spilling, don’t fill the entire spoon with soup. Sip the soup silently from the side that faces you.
  5. Never blow on your soup. If it’s too hot, wait for it to cool down.
  6. If you must have bread with your soup, don’t dunk it in the soup with your fingers. Break off a bite-sized piece, place it in your soup and use your spoon to get the piece of bread soaked in soup up to your mouth. 
  7. If the bowl you are eating from is shallow, leave the spoon in the bowl. If the bowl is deep or the soup is in a cup, take the spoon out and place it on the saucer while you are eating and when you are finished.

Bon appétit!

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