According to David McMillan, one half of the affable duo chefs of Joe Beef, a fine dining restaurant in Montreal, Canada:
“I work super hard at being an excellent dining companion. I turn my phone off. I never put my elbows on the table. Come prepared with stories. Don’t drink too much. Don’t become sloppy.”
From the episode, “Quebec,” on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.
Have anecdotes ready. A good example to follow.