At Silent Dinners, Conversation Not on the Menu

At Silent Dinners, Conversation Not on the Menu

You’ve heard of Phone Stacking but have your heard of Silent Dinners?

Unlike Phone Stacking, a growing dining etiquette game that requires the first person at the table to pick up their phone to also pick up the check, Silent Dinners don’t have a penalty. You just aren’t allowed to talk or listen to music throughout the entire meal.

Growing trend or growing spin? Are diners really planning silent dinner parties?

SpoonFed: Via ABC NEWS

According to a 2013 nationwide Zagat survey, restaurant noise came in second only to poor service among customer complaints, referencing a higher volume that has become the norm at many casual — and, sometimes, not-so casual — eating establishments. And 19 percent of diners who participated in the survey said noise and crowds irritated them most while eating out.

“Please be seated and enjoy your meal. Just don’t talk or tweet about it.”

Such are the instructions at an increasingly popular dining phenomenon known as “silent dinners,” communal gatherings around a meal that encourage guests not to speak for anywhere from one to two hours and to abstain from using electronic devices. Instead, the idea is to just focus on the food.

“Silent dinner parties are fast becoming a cross-cultural snapshot of an era that highlights communication, globalization and the essential space between people, in light of the digital shift,” said Honi Ryan, who has hosted 32 silent dinner parties in 11 cities across eight countries, including Germany, Australia and the United States. “They simultaneously highlight cultural differences while revealing a base humanity across the globe.” [...] View original web page at At Silent Dinners, Conversation Not on the Menu

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