Business Lunch Mondays! Tips from The Language Chef PREPARATION
Preparation is the first word that comes to mind when I think of going on Business lunches or dinners. These days nearly every restaurant has an online menu or they will post their menus daily or weekly.
If you are on a business trip and you have to take a client to a new restaurant that you’ve never been to, I really recommend finding the menu on line and give a look. Also the wine lists get published as well, and this is totally your Ace in the hole when it comes to being prepared for the meal.
One of my favorite restaurants is Per Se, here in NYC, and they post their menu weekly. It is peppered lightly with foreign language words usually French or Italian but every once and a while, they throw in something German or Japanese.
Let’s take a look for today November 14th. If you click on www.perseny.com, you’ll see the Menu is posted to the left.
There are some cool words that you may or may not be familiar with. The first one I see is veloute’. Veloute’ is pronounced like this [Vel oo tay] and usually refers to a soup that is pureed. The next word is one of my favorites in French – mille-feuille. This is a very French sounding word and is pronounced [meel fuh ee]. The word means ‘1000 leaves’ and describes how the pastry, when baked, expands into many layers. Mille-feuille is made from puff pastry.
Now onto the Italian words on the menu. Gnocchi! This word gives some people such trouble and I’ve heard everything from G Knock ee to NO key. The famous GN in Italian trips people up but we say it all the time when we say ‘lasagna’. So it’s the GN in lasagna followed by an OH sound and a KEE sound. GN OH Key. For more on the GN in Italian, check out my website video on the GN in Bolognese.
Per Se does a great job at interspersing foreign words onto their menus without making it look pretentious or off limits. I am not a fan of a restaurant having their menu entirely in a foreign language because it’s off-putting and really unnecessary.
Again, preparation is the key word for any business lunch or dinner. Go the restaurants website and then to the Language Chef and you will feel at ease and empowered when you are impressing that client or your boss.