We had some in-depth conversation a few weeks ago about whether a waiter should remove an empty plate before all diners at the table have finished eating. Many of you thought that the crossed knife and fork was the best way to signal that you want your plate removed.
At Portland Food and Drink, we want to make the dining experience as easy for everyone as possible. Last night over a few drinks at Siam Society, we came up with the “Universal Fork and Knife Signaling System”. It’s a secret code that you can use any time to communicate your desires to your waiter.
We will be publishing a complete guide for diners in a handy pocket sized book, as well a set of laminated business card sized key cards for waiters. All will be available from our soon to come online store! So you know what to expect, here are a few samples:
This should give you an idea of the system. There are 24 signals in total, to handle any possible situation. Look for your card set soon in our online store!
Um, April Fools! (I hope….)
But where’s the one for “Take this friggin empty plate away! I need elbow room!” ?
Food Dude says
nepdxer, sorry… that one is included in the full set of laminated cards.
What is the proper signal to convey, “No — I don’t want to keep my fork. I want a clean one”?
Cuisine Bonne Femme says
I know this might seem like a joke, but it is actually based on a very real set of codified Victorian communication codes right up there with the secret language of giving flowers and different meanings of painting cosmetic beauty marks on one’s face. Serious stuff back in the day.
Oh my god! That makes me want to go out to eat and communicate only by carefully placed cutlery. It is after 4:20 after all!
Food Dude says
hermes, you might want to wait and order the book. Move a fork a little bit to the left, and the waiter may follow you to the restroom ;)
ummmm – not entirely convinced that your link is the one you intended….. what exactly is it about the year 420 that you’d like us to understand??!!
weirdness. it’s not often i make mistakes. i think i’ll blame it on wikipedia. delete the hallelujah.
if this doesn’t work it really is wikipedia’s problem.
Thanks, I got a great chuckle out of the pictures. FUN!