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A Dining Experience

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Networking: 5:30 pm

Dining: 6:00 pm

Clayton Plaza Hotel
7750 Carondelet Avenue
Clayton,MO 63105


Course 1 - Soup

Clear Root Vegetable Soup

Course 2 - Salad

Clayton Salad with House Dressing

Course 3 - Entrée

Plaza Chicken Sauté

Fresh Broccoli in Lemon Butter

Honey Glazed Carrots

Herb Roasted Baby Red Potatoes

Warm Dinner Rolls with Butter

Course 4 - Dessert

Double Chocolate Layer Cake


Iced tea and coffee (regular and decaf) will be served with dinner.

Cost: $50.00 (includes The Dining Experience, parking, gratuity and tax)


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A Dining Experience - Polish Your Professional Image

On April 25, 2019 the CompTIA AITP St. Louis chapter will host a Dining Experience with etiquette consultant Renita Jackson at the Clayton Plaza hotel.

Etiquette is important to move your career forward. According to Laura Beaver, assistant professor of social work at Fontbonne University, in an interview for St. Louis Public Radio, “In a lot of ways, etiquette is a privilege. Learning business etiquette or even upper-class etiquette is something that is a privilege.” She referenced author Ruby Payne’s book A Framework for Understanding Poverty, which talks about how the ability to move between social classes relies on an understanding of social norms. “A lot of times that doesn’t happen, and that’s why people have a really hard time moving up sometimes,” Beaver said.

Renita Jackson was also a participant in that interview. Jackson added that, while developing this familiarity with the etiquette rules of the group you would like to enter is necessary, it is equally important for all people to recognize that there is no gold standard of ‘perfect behavior.’ As it turns out, etiquette is relative.

“Just because you do something one way doesn’t necessarily mean that they should do something that same way,” she said. “It is possible that within their company, you’re being rude!”

For the full interview, please visit: St. Louis Public Radio

The Dining Experience will feature a four course meal of soup, salad, entrée and dessert. Throughout our meal Renita will teach the proper table manners for each course. The participants will be able to learn and practice as they dine.

This won’t be a dry or dull evening. Renita was trained by Maria Everding, founder of The Etiquette Institute. Maria is the author of three books on etiquette including Panache That Pays: The Young Professional’s Guide – How to Outclass Your Competition, which was introduced on ABC’s Good Morning America. A dynamic speaker with a wonderful sense of humor, Maria was the first person the St. Louis chapter contacted for our event. Now semi-retired, Maria personally selected Renita Jackson as the best person to lead our Dining Experience. Renita is a published author in her own right. Renita’s book Everyone Could Use a Little More Etiquette: Social Graces for Business and Everyday Manners received 5 stars on Amazon and is available through Renita’s web site

Give yourself an edge over your competition and be more confident in social gatherings.

Advance registration is necessary. We expect this event to sell out.


We use Vanco to handle our credit card processing. The meeting fee of $60 ($50 for St. Louis chapter members) covers parking, training, four course meal, and all gratuities. To register, please click here.



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