ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Today’s 98.3 TRY Social Dilemma is something that I’ve always wondered about so I’m glad Sherry wrote this email. Here it is:
Hi Jaime. This happened to me last week when I went to dinner at a friend’s house. She recently got remarried to a really nice guy who happens to be a chef at a local restaurant, so I was really looking forward to having dinner there because I knew the food would be great. Okay, we go to their home for dinner, it’s lovely, he made a fantastic chicken dish. But there was no salt on the table. Now I’m a salt-aholic. I’m not proud of it, but it’s true. So, I asked for some salt because there was no salt or pepper on the table. You would have thought I killed their first born. Apparently, it’s rude to ask for salt or pepper or any seasoning when a chef cooks for you because it implies, he didn’t make the dish right. For me it just implies that I like salt. I just thought they forgot to put salt and pepper on the table. Anyway, at the end of the night, I ended up apologizing and instead of saying no problem, he said please don’t ever do that again. So, I guess I was rude and didn’t even know it. Have you ever heard of this? Is it rude to ask for salt or pepper? I thought it was a little weird there was none on the table to begin with. Help me out with this please. Thanks so much!Sherry
Well, I’m with Sherry. I have cut back on my salt use, but I still generally salt things and I want the option. So, I don’t think it’s rude. We all have different taste buds. What do you think? Is it rude, when at a person’s house for dinner, to ask for salt? Does that imply that the food has no taste or that the chef has not properly seasoned your meal? I’ve also heard the opposite . . . is it rude NOT to have salt and pepper on a table forcing someone to ask for salt? Let me know what you think on the TRY Facebook page.