Spoon or fork w/ pie a' la mode? [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]
At a recent dinner party I had dessert forks, but some people preferred to use spoons. I'm not a stickler for etiquette, but it did spark a healthy discussion.
When someone orders a dessert (ex. bread pudding with a scoop of ice cream, very similiar to above) that has need for a spoon or fork I usually preset the table with both utensils. If it was me at your dinner party I would use a spoon, easier to eat the ice cream (but if a fork was my only option that wouldn't stop me from any sugar consumption!!).
Why not use a Spork? :-)
In all seriousness, I would use a spoon. Scooping up ice cream with a spoon is much, much easier than with a fork.
I usually set out, and use, both a fork and a spoon if the dessert has ice cream or a sauce. I put them above the dinner plate - fork on the bottom, facing to the right, spoon above it, facing to the left. My husband uses a fork and spoon to eat most desserts. I'm still trying to master it!
Here's the rub:
when serving pie a la mode, do you want your guests to tilt the plate and eat what's melted. if so the spoon is the way to go, if you want them to enjoy the pie and mode together without the tilt and fill then go with the fork.
the general rule of thumb in casa jfood is fork with a plate and spoon with a bowl.