Social Grace

It's My Party

Most restaurants do not serve the salad course after the entree because most restaurants do not serve very formal meals. Eating salad before the main course -- probably a concession to efficiency -- is what most people are accustomed to. If you were to serve salad after the fried chicken at your next casual dinner, your guests might find it odd -- even a little affected. But then, informal means not having to apologize for playing with the rules a little bit.

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