Czech Republic: Prosperous Entertaining

2015-06-12

It’s not a frequent occurance to receive invitations for dinner in Czech houses. Czechs prefer to invite their foreign counterparts to restaurants and not in their home because houses are not considered to be “social venues.” Moreover, Czech business people don’t consider it a good approach to business to invite their foreign counterparts to theatres or cinemas. Instead, they organize events in which they present their company and their products along with some form of entertaining (i.e. concerts). Presentations are accurate, detailed and thorough with charts and figures to back up the claims.

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Dining Etiquette (if you are visiting a Czech’s house)

Arrive on time.

Remove your shoes.

Expect to be treated with great honour and respect.

Dress modestly and well.

Do not discuss business. Czechs separate their business and personal lives.

Table manners are rather formal in the Czech Republic.

Remain standing until invited to sit down. You may be shown to a particular seat.

Table manners are Continental: the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating.

Do not begin eating until the hostess starts.

Unless the meal is formal, the napkin remains folded next to the plate. At formal meals, the napkin is unfolded and put on your lap.

The oldest woman or honoured guest is generally served first.

Always refuse second helpings the first time they are offered. Wait for the hostess to insist.

Compliment the meal while you are eating. This allows the hostess to discuss the food and the preparation.

Always leave a bit of food on the plate when you finished eating.

Indicate you have finished eating by laying your knife and fork parallel across the right side of your plate.