The Catholic University of America

March 5, 2008

Looking Ahead to 'Power Lunches,' Students Learn Table Manners

CUA students are learning that the fork can be just as mighty as the pen.

On March 13, more than 50 undergraduates will attend the university's second annual etiquette dinner, where they will learn what to wear, what to eat and what to say over a meal with a prospective employer.

"Which Fork Should I Use?" invites aspiring wine-and-diners to a three-course meal, with a step-by-step lesson in the etiquette specifically associated with the dishes being served. For $10, the students receive a crash-course in table manners, including what to do if they don't like what's being served, when to talk, which utensils to use when, and of course, how to tackle that treacherous cherry tomato or olive pit.

Students are encouraged to wear business or formal attire, and arrive to a formal, yet intimate,dining environment.

"The dinner will provide the students with a practice round of professionalism and increase the students' confidence when asked to function in a formal dining environment," said Chad Kee, associate director of student leadership and programs.

This year's event will be led by Ann Marie Sabath, president of At Ease Inc., a firm specializing in domestic and international business etiquette programs. She has written several books on the subject of business etiquette, including Business Etiquette in Brief, Business Etiquette: 101 Ways to Conduct Business with Charm and Savvy, and Beyond Business Casual: What to Wear to Work if You Want to Get Ahead.

The event is sponsored by Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events, Cardinal Student Association and the Office of Student Life and will begin with an hors d'oeuvres hour at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

MEDIA: For more information, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.