Winner winner, chicken dinner
In the movie The Help, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer plays Minnie Jackson, one of the more outspoken housekeepers in this Mississippi 1960s setting, but Minnie does know how to cook up some juicy fried chicken. “Fried chicken just tends to make you feel better about life,” Minnie croons (Crisco is her secret). We can’t disagree. But both fried chicken and chicken wings can be a trial to eat at times, so unless you’re devouring a bucket of KFC by yourself, take note. “While out with your family and close friends, hot chicken wings are perfectly fine to order, but skip them when dining with someone you are attempting to impress,” advises Gottsman, who is author of Modern Manners for a Better Life and founder of The Protocol School of Texas. “Chicken wings are eaten with your fingers, as long as you have plenty of napkins nearby.” People make the mistake of attempting to formalize finger foods by using a knife and fork, she adds, but when ordering foods that would typically be eaten with your fingers, feel free to pick them up and readily indulge. “Just do it safely by ordering things that are not overly laden with sauce or anything gooey or sticky,” Gottsman says. And resist the urge to lick your fingers! KFC’s “Finger Licking Good” is great as a corporate motto, but not as a personal etiquette principal.