You showed up expecting salmon only to be served a medium-rare steak—the week you vowed to give up red meat. Or your peanut allergy went on high alert the second you spotted a satay sauce comingling with the grilled chicken on your crystal plate.
Whatever the issue may be, you don't want—or quite literally can't—eat the meal at this particular dinner party. What's a good guest to do—without offending the host?
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First and foremost, recognize there's a difference between not liking a food and a real inability to eat it, says Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert, author of Modern Etiquette for a Better Life, and founder of The Protocol School of Texas.