Eating together with family and friends often involves family-style meals. The host or hostess serves dishes of food to the table and guests pass them around and serve themselves. Does this sound like it may be a challenge for you? It needn't be. So, let's get to it, shall we?
Ask the person next to you to help you out by telling you each dish they're passing along. As the platter or bowl gets passed to you, use the backs of your fingers to find the edge and avoid touching the food. Then grab the dish with two hands for stability.
Now, if possible, reduce the distance the food has to travel from the serving dish to your plate by placing the platter or bowl directly next to your plate with the edges touching. But, if there isn't room to put the dish down, just ask the person passing the dish to hold it for you as you serve yourself.
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