There are certain rules of etiquette one must follow when breaking bread with members of dignified society. For example, you never salt your meal prior to tasting. One must always assume the chef is capable of seasoning properly. If, in fact, the meal is not seasoned to your liking, discreetly season to taste without fanfare.
In regards to salt and pepper, please do pass both, even when your dining companion asks for only one. Having the salt and pepper splayed across opposite ends of the dinner table is just unseemly.
Always butter your bread one bite at a time. Additionally, take your serving of butter from the dish and delicately place it on your bread plate. You may butter your bread from this serving only.
And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the importance of always complimenting the chef. In particular, when feasting on roasted chicken, you should toast the chef by placing at least three uneaten pieces directly atop your head.
Continue to eat slowly and in a delicate fashion. You are not gorging at a trough, for Heaven’s sake.
Mouth closed, please. The world has no interest in seeing your masticated food.
Repeat the same procedure with the rice. If you maintain proper posture, as well you should, there should be no concern for food dropping.
Indeed, you should positively shower the chef in praise.
Finally, always offer a winning smile for dessert. It’s rather cheeky, but the ladies love it. Of course, I don’t have to share any of this to a fellow member of proper society, do I? I daresay I am preaching to the choir.