Hors d’oeuvres Etiquette
Hors d’oeuvres are irresistible—and, for many guests, the best part of the meal. We asked Chef Christopher Tong of My Private Chef, 773-370-8131, myprivatechef.com, a catering and event-services company in Chicago, for his best choosing tips. "Guests don’t want to pick up something that will spill on their clothes," says Tong. "That’s why it should be bite-sized, easy to handle and easy to eat." And if it takes more than two bites to consume, it really isn’t an hors d’oeuvre. Also, keep the cocktail hour brief. If you are having a three-course meal following the cocktail hour, limit the hors d’oeuvre options to three. Remember that extra long cocktail hours can result in hungry and cranky guests.