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[[caption-width-right:350:"Attention. I'd like to [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2 make some toast..."]]]]

Either at an expensive restaurant, at an expensive club or a dinner at the Richies'.
Very common in princess training or rags to riches.
Played for comedy or drama. For instance, if someone is dispensing SacredHospitality, it will likely include a Fancy Dinner.

Expect one of the following:
* Tables longer than 50 feet or circular tables.
* [[TableSpace Sometimes only two eating at opposite ends, amplifying distant relationships or played for comedy.]]
* If the tables are round, you're at a club, so expect a speech.
* [[FormalFullArrayOfCutlery Protagonist gets confused which knife to take]], how to raise a glass, etc.
* Protagonist gets served escargots, lobster and does not know how to eat it.
* Protagonist is in France and orders sheep brains.
* Protagonist gets served a wet plate... no wait, that's the soup!
* A snooty waiter
* Protagonist getting mad at said waiter.
* Children or the protagonist hiding under the table
* A butler with a big silver plate.
* Butler serving a pig with an apple in its mouth.
* Trouble in the kitchen, in G-rated movies.
* A cook who searched for months for that special ingredient, [[ExoticEntree being told that it was the last of an endangered species]].
* [[TheFoodPoisoningIncident Food poisoning]].
* [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink Drink poisoning]].
* Dramatic pause.

A common variation is the "heroic feast" in which a given chieftain gives a feast to a large number of badass people. The food is usually badass style food such as mead and roast oxen. While they eat a bard will of course sing of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome famous deeds]] [[LongDeadBadass and heroes.]]

After(or before) dinner might be the time for DancesAndBalls.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

%% * ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke''
%% * ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''


[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

%% * ''Film/KingRalph''
%% * ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''
* ''Film/NorthangerAbbey'': Both the adaptations of the book use it when Catherine is overwhelmed by the fancy style of General Tilney who is very demanding and is very particular about his food and meal times and everything. In the 2007 adaptation, the "protagonist gets confused with knives" variety is used. Catherine confuses spoons but kind Elinor shows her which one to use.
* ''Film/{{Pretty Woman}}'': Edward takes Vivian for a formal dinner with his business rivals. She is nervous because she can only recognize a salad fork, so Mr Thomson gives her a quick lesson in eating etiquette. At the actual dinner, the old gentleman owns he can never recognize the forks either, and he picks up his bread with his hands. Vivian lets Edward order her meal, which is French gourmet food. It's slippery, and Vivian drops a swear word. Nevertheless, all are charmed by her.


[[folder: Literature ]]

%% * Bilbo's birthday party in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''.
* ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'': Catherine Morland is awed by the abundance of food and fancy dining style of General Tilney who is very demanding and is very particular about his food, how it gets served and meal times.
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', just before the attack by the Harkonnens, the Atreides give Fancy Dinner at their palace.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** The cooks at Lancre Castle are traditionalists who think every meal should be a medieval banquet, preferably involving a roast pig with a baked apple in its mouth, and are frustrated first by Duke Felmet in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', who likes porridge, runny boiled eggs and vegetarian sausages, and then by Very-Nearly-Queen Magrat in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', who likes quiches and raw apples.
** The cutlery question is invoked in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', when Moist tells Miss Dearheart that she can't stab Reacher Gilt in the middle of the poshest restaurant in Ankh-Morpork because she's using the wrong knife.
** The big dinner the University throws for the captains of the football teams in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', which Glenda quickly realises is ''intended'' to throw these stolid working-class blokes off-balance.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', a fancy, only-family dinner is used as a test for whether the Whistler family can be presented as guests of the royal family without embarassment, or whether they need to be taught manners first. They easily pass, as their grandfather, [[spoiler: Prince]] Alannon, had the [[ExoticExtendedMarriage grandmothers]] wrapped around his little finger, and insisted on good table manners and such.
* The ''Literature/BlackWidowers'' club meets every month at the Milano, a fancy restaurant in New York City. In "Literature/{{Northwestward}}", they’re served crableg cocktails, veal marengo, baked Alaska, brandy, and coffee.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'':
** The School Board Banquet in "Suzy Prentisss". It's a black tie event, tuxedos for men and evening gowns for women.
** To a lesser degree, Miss Brooks' dinner at an expensive [[FrenchCuisineIsHaughty French restaurant]] in "French Sadie Hawkins Day".
* Several times in ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', shown from the perspective of the hosts (the Crawley family) and the servants. An interesting variation was the austere one held under UsefulNotes/WorldWarI rationing. Both diners and the servants have gotten confused by the correct protocol: Matthew Crawley, a middle-class solicitor, holds his knives wrong and gets confused about utensils when he first arrives at Downton. Alfred, trained as a restaurant waiter, screws up the silver service (a kind of table service characteristic of British aristocratic homes, rather different from the way things are done at restaurants) the first time he serves as a footman. The former earned Matthew the supercilious scorn of Mary and the Countess Dowager, while the latter got Alfred an earful from Carson; both, however, become accustomed to the traditional ways over time.
* ''Film/{{Emma}}'' (2009), a BBC miniseries adaptation: During her first dinner at Hartfield, Harriet Smith has to be shown by Emma where to put a kerchief (on her lap, unlike gentlemen who tie it under their neck) and also how to eat her soup delicately. Emma is discreet and encouraging, while Harriet gives a little nervous laugh, looking slightly amused by her own ignorance.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': Ambitious but hopeless Rimmer was once invited to dine with officers, and the waiter brought him a cold soup. He sent it back to have it heated. Too bad he didn't know that gazpacho is served cold. Rimmer thinks this incident and his lack of upper-class upbringing stopped him from becoming an officer.
** The novel adds the "confused by the choice of cutlery" subtrope (among many other hideous embarrassments):
--->'''Rimmer''': I'd bought this etiquette book, and I know two things. One: never wear diamonds before lunch, and two: with cutlery, start from the outside and work your way in. I start from the outside. I start so far from the outside, I inadvertently take the spoon of the woman sitting next to me. Eventually we sort it out, and start to eat.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], they celebrate Mary Winchester's birthday at a fancy restaurant, complete with Dean's salad of asparagus spears bound into an upright sheaf. Dean's girlfriend says they will get him a cheeseburger later.
* Once a week on ''Series/GilmoreGirls''. Part of the premise of the show is that Lorelai and Rory visit their parents/grandparents every Friday for dinner.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
** Wilson Fisk's second date with Vanessa, with Fisk taking the extra precaution of buying out the restaurant so that they can enjoy the evening in privacy that he greatly values, [[OffWithHisHead as Anatoly found out the hard way]].
** The season 2 premiere sees Frank Castle lay waste to a large group of Kitchen Irish members sitting around a table meal of corned beef and potatos as they listen to their leader Nesbitt give a RousingSpeech about how they'll take back Hell's Kitchen from the gangs that moved in following Wilson Fisk's arrest.
** For their first date, [[OfficialCouple Matt and Karen]] go to an upscale restaurant that Matt picks out. However, once there, they're both clearly uncomfortable there and unable to muster up anything more in conversation than awkward small-talk. Not helping things is when Elektra calls Matt to needle him while Karen is in the bathroom. He finally musters up the courage to tell Karen that he's not comfortable there, so she decides to take them to a cheap Indian restaurant with tacky lights, where they're both much more at ease.

[[folder: Light Novels ]]

* In the anime of ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'', Ayano and Kazuma go to fancy restaurants multiple times. The most memorable one results in a serious battle, but a least the wine is saved.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' there was an episode about eating a very fancy dinner of dragon.


[[folder: Manga and Anime ]]

%% * ''Manga/CandyCandy''
* Occasionally seen in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Best example would be the [[MartialArtsandCrafts martial arts dining arc]].
* ''Anime/GunXSword'' has a fancy dinner played for comedy in episode 15. Wendy doesn't know which silverware to use, and Van displays his terrible table manners to the fullest.


[[folder: Radio ]]

* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': The School Board Banquet in "Stretch is in Love". It's a black tie event, tuxedos for men and evening gowns for women.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Theatre/NixonInChina'', being an {{opera}} about UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's historic 1972 trip to [[RedChina the People's Republic of China]], naturally features the actual fancy Chinese banquet to which the American delegation was treated on the trip. As with any traditional Chinese banquet, this one featured lots of drinking and toasts; the Nixons presented some wordy ones, and the Chinese responded with the classic Chinese toast, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdJtrWz-dak gan bei]]!" ("Bottoms up!"[[note]]Literally, it means "Dry [the] glass!"[[/note]]) ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3GVDYTxXWw Full scene from a much older production]].[[note]]Actually the premiere--note that the actor playing Nixon is the same man, James Maddalena, as the 2011 performance, and has visibly aged.[[/note]])


[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* In ''VisualNovel/AtomGrrrl'', Very and Dave go to a restaurant which serves the last meals of famous serial killers. Dave is appalled when Very gets a chocolate drink that costs $10, to which she informs him it's made with the finest Belgian chocolate.


[[folder: Web Video ]]

* In Episode 12 "Dinner" of ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'', Jane, a live-in tutor, is invited to dine with Mr Rochester, his daughter Adele, and his personal assistant Grace Poole. They have a formal dinner every other Sunday together when Mr Rochester is at home. The viewers got to see just the events before dinner, so no faux pas is shown, but Jane is visibly nervous.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': This trope is one of the banes of Applejack's existence. Despite her time with Aunt and Uncle Orange, she never figured out which fork to use, and the fancy meals don't hit the spot like down-home farm chow.
* In [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda ''Kung Fu Panda Holiday'']], Po has to host the Winter Feast, an extremely formal and highly ritualised dinner, for all the Kung Fu masters in China. [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong "How hard can it be?"]], [[DisasterDominoes indeed]].