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Maybe with the times at hand, you’d prefer to spend
more time indoors. It could also be that you’re fixed on
budget so dining out might not be an option, or, you are
working on building your family back...spending quality
If those three describe you, then At Home with Cath-
erine Gordon is an excellent way to spend time together,
have fun and save money.
Gordon who is prominently known for the lifestyle
changing courses offered at her institute, Catherine Gordon
Institute of Finishing Elements located in Trinicity. Her
expertise was even sought for the 2009 Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that was hosted
by T&T that year.
It is the only Finishing School in the Southern Carib-
bean specialising in etiquette, image & protocol training
for children, teens and adults. It also offers consulting
services and in-house training to organisations.
At Home with Catherine is the latest edition to the
existing successful courses offered. It’s conducted in the
privacy of the client’s home and consists of two packages,
basic and premium. Participants who chose the basic
package will be taught the continental style of eating,
napkin and chair etiquette, understanding table settings
and the use of silverware and stemware; this includes
tuition while they eat.
With the premium package participants will learn along
with dining skills, everything there is to know about wine
besides drinking it.
The premium experience includes a feature on under-
standing wine. Interpreting the label on a wine bottle, how
to correctly open the wine bottle, test the wine, pour the
wine and drink the wine.
“It may sound simple, but no, there is an art to dining
and you only realise that when you are in the middle of
everyone who is doing it and you are too embarrassed to
be the only one a novice, so you pass on meals and any-
thing that requires you to hold, taste or eat in a correct
manner,” explained Gordon.
She told WOW the reasons for including what she
describes as a much needed course for families.
“I was looking at ways to make dining fun while placing
it into a casual setting. I thought why not go to the client
rather than asking the client to come to me, hence the
name, ‘At home with Catherine.’ So you are in the comfort
and familiarity of your own environment, we could have
fun with your meal while you learn the correct way to use
the knife and fork in the continental style.
“I also saw the idea as being an enjoyable activity that
a family or a group of friends could do together. It would
provide a different activity at bridal showers or stag par-
ties, something unique but useful,” she opined.
Involving the children was another benefit Gordon said.
She related the initiative was also meant to include small-
er children and family members like parents or grandpar-
ents who may not necessarily want to go out in public to
learn these skills.
Gordon might be on to something as research has also
showed that dining together is not just about eating but
it is psychological more so in shifting perspectives about
In a recent study that was written about in the Amer-
ican news feature magazine The Atlantic, it was found that
family dinners don’t only help to build families but they
play an important role in children doing well at school.
The magazine highlighted the findings by the Organisa-
tion for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),
which stated that students who do not regularly eat with
their parents are significantly more likely to be truant at
school. The average truancy rate in the two weeks before
the International Program for International Student Assess-
ment (PISA), a test administered to 15-year-olds by the
OECD and used in the analysis as a measure for absen-
teeism, was about 15 per cent throughout the world on
average, but it was nearly 30 per cent when pupils report-
ed they didn’t often share meals with their families.
The findings by OECD were the outcome of an analysis
done on nearly three-quarters of the world’s countries.
Gordon said it is the opportune time now, it being the
Easter vacation season and school is out. Parents can invest
in this course to spend time with their children and time
as a family.
“Often these simple things that are really foundational
are neglected, not because no one cares, but because
everyone is so busy trying to get ahead in life, but there
comes the time when we need to slow down and just enjoy
each other, get back to knowing each other and figure out
just how much we missed or what missed us,” said Gordon.
• To find out more about At Home with Catherine and all other
courses offered at the Catherine Gordon Institute of Finishing
Elements please visit the Facebook page by institute name or
call 640-2765/678-3845. Email to email@example.com
Image building coach and expert in protocol and etiqutte, Catherine Gordon has over two decades
experience in the field. Her courses and expertise have been sought by many leading organisations and
institutes and she also brings that expertise to the layman through a variety of short courses that sets
participants on their way to a more developed and polished lifestyle.
Forget about the take out...
Learn how to
dine at home
in fine style
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