Business breakfast, lunch or dinner are the official events, during of which business matters are discussed.
The main feature of such events is that the rules of table etiquette are combined with business negotiations.
Typically, such meetings should be started with a relaxed small talk and then specific issues should be discussed. It is very well if relaxed talk will include the elements of the specialization of your business, because it will be easier to dispose to the business conversation.
Breakfast usually starts at 10.00 — 11.00 and lasts for 1-1,5 hours, 45-60 minutes of which are for eating and the remaining time is for coffee.
Breakfast menu is usually limited to 2-3 dishes, which often consist of fruit salads and one hot dish. Typical beverages are tea, coffee and mineral water. Depending on the case, wine or champagne also can be served.
Smoking during breakfast is only permitted after dessert.
It is better to put on gray or dark blue business suit in conjunction with a light jacket-shirt both for men and women.
Lunch starts at 14.00 — 15.00 and lasts for 2-2,5 hours.
Dress code for lunch includes a dark suit for men and evening dress for women. Women should not put on a lot of jewelry.
Concerning table manners: there are a lot of encyclopedias, telling that the bread should be eaten by the left hand, etc. It is important to remember that these rules were created for convenience. So, if you do not know how to start a dessert that was brought to you by the waiter, start eating in comfortable way and will not go wrong.