This video is intended for those that are not familiar with American dining customs.  All too often people from one culture enter a different culture and expect their normal behavior to be acceptable.  In most cases people in the new culture are forgiving of those unfamiliar with their ways, but for those that want to present a knowledgeable and refined image in a new culture, it is important to behave within the cultural norms.  This video presents normal American manners in a formal dining setting.  In general, Americans don’t dine formally except in fine restaurants or business gatherings or sometimes as a guest in someone’s home.  Thus, it is important to understand manners associated with formal dining and to watch your hosts for clues as to how much variation from these standards is acceptable in a particular situation.