The art of fine dining is one that has been mastered by the pros. This does not mean that anyone else cannot learn the art, it just takes practice, determination and the right attitude. Of course, having the right clothes helps too.
Invest in the right clothes
If you favour chain store clothes, this might be the time to change your ways. Fine dining has a lot to do with perception management and once you look the part, you are already halfway to fine dining success. So take a deep breath and pay a visit to a high street store and invest in some fine designer pieces to impress your high class escort. If you are a man, get a high quality tux, splurge on a designer because the cut alone makes all the difference.
Invest in the right accessories
The devil is in the details or that is how the saying goes and nothing sets you apart from the crowd than your accessories. You can either stand out as an icon of style and glam or it could go the other way. In order to fit in with the high fliers at luxury fine dining, keep your accessories elegant and understated. This is also a good time to invest in quality jewellery (no costume stuff if you want to be taken seriously.
Accessories to pay attention to include (for women) your shoes, your bag and your jewellery, while for men, focusing on your belt and your wristwatch is a great way to go.
Boost your self-confidence
The world of fine dining is not for the frail hearted. Oh no, you will have to learn how to hold your own with the brightest stars in the world. The only way you can do this is to boost your self-confidence. Believe in yourself and carry yourself with dignity. You don’t have to be a star or a tycoon for people to treat you that way. It always pays to hold your head high and believe in your star power.
Engage in Discussion
Brush up on your conversational skills. If you know who your elite companion will be for the evening then do some research and find out what you can about them. If this is a fashion industry event, find out what you can about what it current and trending in the industry. In other words, do your homework. You want to be memorable and as charming as possible without sounding boring so get to know a little about everything and let your sparkly personality shine through.
Make an entrance
When you are attending a find dining function, it’s a good idea to arrive on time. This means that you will not arrive too early as that will seem gauche, yet at the same time, you do not want to arrive after the dinner guests are seated or after the first course has been served. So time your arrival well and where you can, do make an entrance. As mentioned before, this is about luxury and perception management; it is about being one of the shining people, even if it’s only for that day.
Fine dining is an art and these are just some things you can do to ensure that you achieve fine dining success. Something else you can do is to make sure your table manners are up to scratch. You can never be too prepared for success.