“Offline and Dine”---A Friday Dinner Series, Los Feliz Private Residence, Friday, 15. November 2019

A monthly dining event to bring middle-school / junior high boys and girls together—away from their screen time—so they can ease into inter-related activities revolving around a grand dinner.  This is intended as a supplement to or replacement of cotillion. At the four-course dinner, the children, seated male / female, male / female learn social graces at the table, learn to relate to one another in person, eye-to-eye (!), and indulge being "fancy"--a delight to even the roughest children.  Basically, it’s kids’ “night out on the town”.
The evening starts with a welcome toast of Martinelli’s apple cider—the meet-and-greet.  Children greet the private hosts, first, proceeding to greet the other children and introduce themselves as needed (feet firmly planted, looking the person in the eye, shaking the other's hand).
Each menu is designed to present dining challenges for any child, such as eating peas or spaghetti. Four courses: soup, pasta (always tricky), main, dessert.  
The School of Civility makes a fun game of talking (to the person) on one’s left, then on one’s right, per course, etc.  We kick it off by girls choosing conversation topics from a hat and starting with a boy to their left--and so it alternates per course.  
Between the main course and dessert is a Family Feud-style game; questions are based on topics chosen from the hat—how well did they explore their conversation topics and how much have they retained?  Girls and boys **** their conversation partners from the table. The Final Answer Round is for group responses to questions that touch upon table manners, such as what one does with one’s silver between courses (even waiters in the best restaurants don't know--but your child will), or what one does with one’s napkin when leaving briefly from the table (for the bathroom, assumedly).
Bountiful prizes will be awarded, in accord with the American obsession to reward children at every turn (we relent).
Dessert course completes the evening and is, like the course, light in manner (elbows accepted on the table at times). 
Presence at all four dinners is highly encouraged, because no child ever comes away from one "practice" having mastered anything--he or she stands a chance with the whole package :).

“Offline and Dine”---A Friday Dinner Series

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