July 25, 2017

7 Course Meal – What to expect

This is a very common type of formal meal although there are meals with different courses. What to expect in a 7 course meal if you are invited for such one ? A meal of seven courses would have the following:

  • Aperitif
  • Entrée / Appetizer
  • Salad
  • Main course
  • Cheese
  • Dessert
  • Coffee

Let’s look at each of them in detail.


This is finger food like pretzels, crackers or nuts served with a choice of a sweet, fruity drink.

Entrée / Appetizer

This is a small dish of food that is taken prior to moving to salads in order to stimulate one’s appetite. This could even be a drink.


Salad is consumed next which is a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing and sometimes accompanied by meat, fish, or other ingredients

Main Course

The main course typically includes a hot vegetable, meat seasoned with Herbs. This is the most substantial course of a meal. In certain culture, the bread will also be served without butter to be consumed in main course. One such country is France where bread plays a major role in their meals.


Cheese is so important that it gets its own course between the main course and the dessert. It’s important to pick a selection of flavourful cheeses. Usually three types of cheeses are served starting with the mildest cheese and finishing with the most pungent.


This is a sweet course eaten at the end of the meal. These includes sweets and baked products. The term dessert originated in the 16th century from the French word desservir, meaning clear the table.


Coffee could be served either as a separate course or along with the dessert depending on the preference of the guest.



Do you or your staff work with plenty of local or overseas clients ? If yes, is the answer then it is high time you need to train them on a formal meal, ideally a 7 course meal. Please drop us an email on and we will call you right away to make it happen.

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