22 May, 2022 14:00

👌 My little finger told me... Today is tea day and tea means – for the most distinguished of us – a little finger raised! This strange politeness comes straight from the Middle Ages. In those days, everyone ate with their fingers in a single dish that was passed around. But during the great banquets, the lords always made sure to keep one or two fingers dry in order to help themselves to spices and season their dishes. Condiments from the East were indeed rare and expensive and should not be soiled with grease. Lifting the little finger was therefore very practical to continue handling food and drinks. When cutlery appeared, the nobility and aristocracy kept this habit as a social marker. All the more so, as people now like to drink hot tea from pretty little porcelain cups with particularly narrow handles. Nowadays, to avoid looking too snobbish, bring your fingers curled up under the cup. And if you prefer to raise your pinky, never allow it to reach the ceiling!

About L'Institut Bernardaud:

Because the French art of living is the envy of the world, what better way than with porcelain to introduce you to the teeming world of the table... Contribute with L'Institut Bernardaud to reenchanting this convivial and so precious moment of the meal by following our various workshops and conferences. A program with a creative approach and open to the world to live an exciting adventure at the crossroads of gastronomy, art, history or decoration.


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