Turkish food and dining etiquette TASO Turkish Coffee Night February 28, 2015
The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Cleveland (TASO) hosts a monthly Turkish Coffee Night in Cleveland to meet and share cultures. The topic of the February 28 event was Turkish food.
If you visit Turkey, or a Turkish friend, you should know some basic dining etiquette. Seyma Gurer said that when dining in Turkey a small prayer (Bismillahirrahmanirrahim) is said before starting to eat and elder members start first.
You should not leave any food on your plate and should use your right hand to eat.
At the end of the meal people say Elhamdulillah, a short prayer of thanks.
When one serves the food they say Afiyet Olsun which is like bon appetite or enjoy your meal.