Guess who's coming to dinner

Hosting - or attending - a dinner party is not always an easy task.

In many parts of the world, dinner parties are a time-honoured tradition. Self-respecting men and women open up their homes to regale friends with home-cooked food and stimulating conversation.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 9:57am

Love at first bite: the recipe for raising young epicureans

Children learn table etiquette and cooking skills at Spark Studios, founded by Yoshiko Hariu. Photo: SCMP

Four-year-old Rico Bishop has already sampled sheep brains and Italian deep-fried rabbit spleen. What's more, he enjoyed them.

24 May 2013 - 1:12pm

Hong Kong could learn to be more gracious towards mainland visitors

Hong Kong could learn to be more gracious towards mainland visitors

The large number of mainland shoppers has disrupted the daily life of Hong Kong citizens. Prices have gone up, essentials are sometimes out of stock or reserved for mainland visitors, and locals are slighted by some shops that cater to the big spenders from the north. Shopping areas have become more crowded while the behaviour of visitors is not always in line with the norms here.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am 7 comments

Social etiquette a global problem

Social etiquette in public, not only in Hong Kong, but worldwide, leaves something to be desired. Photo: SMP

In recent years, the negativity between Hong Kong locals and mainlanders has been disheartening. The most discussed issue is the distasteful and unpleasant behaviour of mainlanders when travelling to Hong Kong.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am

Road Test: Institute of Etiquette

Francesca takes a class at the Hong Kong Institute of Etiquette

It was with some trepidation that I introduced Francesca, my nine-year-old daughter, to Kristine Stewart, director of the Hong Kong Institute of Etiquette, for her 2½-hour dining lesson at Chez Patrick restaurant in Wan Chai. 

24 Feb 2013 - 4:04pm

Up close and personal: eating out with children

Illustration: Pearl Law

It's not something I like to admit, but in my years BC (Before Child) I was one of those people you find in restaurants or cafes who visibly bristle when young children are seated close by.

27 Jan 2013 - 3:29pm

Class action: good manners

Books can help instil good manners in children

This summer is the first time I have looked after groups of my daughter's friends. I have been disappointed to see how few children bother to say "please" or "thank you". How can I help my five-year-old daughter develop good manners?

1 Sep 2012 - 4:42pm

An open mind at Sino Hotels

Sunny Lai Chun-sing (left), a management trainee at Sino Group of Hotels, has a keen interest in the hospitality industry. He believes that in order to enhance his professional skills, he must conduct continuous on-the-job practice and learn to communicate effectively. He talks to Wong Yat-hei

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20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Where has all the politeness gone?

A few days ago I took the MTR to Sham Shui Po. On the train I saw an old woman standing and no one was offering her a seat. After a while a child stood up for the old woman. But his mother forced him to sit down and punished him.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Hotel mission is Ozo simple

Onyx Hospitality Group, a Thai-based hotels and properties developer and operator with over 40 years' experience, has selected Hong Kong for the launch of its brand, Ozo, an extension of the group's hotel portfolio which includes the Saffron and Amari chains.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Looking westwards

A good understanding of Chinese and Western etiquette can assist young people to socialise more comfortably in cosmopolitan Hong Kong.

Many local parents recognise the potential future benefits for their children and are enrolling them in Western-style etiquette classes in increasing numbers.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Being polite is part of growing up

'Excuse me' are two very simple words. But today's children do not seem to use them. When they want something, they often shout, scream or fight. Also, when someone asks them for help, they just ignore that person. They should take a minute to help or offer advice. It is not only polite; it will make the other person happy.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Adults must set sporting example

Schoolboy soccer games can involve some rough and tumble, but we do not expect them to be violent. The video of a 10-year-old player from ESF Lions kicking a 12-year-old Kitchee Escola opponent in the face during a recent match has for that reason gone viral on the internet and attracted international media attention.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Table manners

One of the recurring themes on the Chowhound website's 'not about food' category is dining etiquette: someone is planning a trip, and asks how to eat according to the customs of that country.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hackers blamed for rude replies on website

The administration of a Jiangxi mountain famous as one of the birthplaces of Taoism says its website has been hacked.

Many rude replies have been posted to nearby residents' queries and complaints since at least July.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am