Western tableware style

A dinnerware setting in Western countries is mostly in one of two ways: service à la russe (French for "in the Russian style"), where every course of the meal is brought out in particular order; and service à la française (French for "in the French style"), where all the courses for the meal are arranged on the table and presented at the similar time that guests are seated. Service à la russe has become the tradition in most restaurants, whereas service à la française is the norm in family settings.
Place settings for service à la russe dining are arranged due to the number of courses in the meal. The dinnerware is arranged in a special order. With the first meal, every guest at the table begins by using the dinnerware placed on the outside of the place setting. As every course is over the guest leaves the used cutlery on the used dish or bowl, which are removed from the table by the server. In some cases, the original set is kept for the next meal. To start the next course, the diner uses the next item on the outside of the place setting, and so on. Forks are placed on the left of a dinner plate, knives to the right of the plate, and spoons to the outer right side of the place setting.
 

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Materials of dinnerware and dishes

In new centuries, flatware is generally made of pottery, ceramic materials like earthenware, stoneware, bone china or porcelain. The success of ceramics is perhaps due to the spread of ceramic glazes, which were slow to grow in Europe; without the glassy apparent they give pottery dinner service may be less hygienic. Tableware can be prepared with other materials like wood, pewter, latten, silver, gold, glass, acrylic and plastic. Before it was imaginable to buy mass-produced dishes, it was fashioned from accessible materials, such as wood. Industrialization and advances in ceramic production made low-cost washable dishes available. It is sold either by the part or as a matched set for a number of diners, typically four, six, eight, or twelve place settings. Large numbers are purchased for use in restaurants. Individual pieces, for example, those needed as extra pieces for broken dishes, can be procured from "open-stock" inventory at shops, or from antique suppliers if the pattern is no longer in production.
Cutlery is typically made of metal of some sort, though large pieces such as ladles for serving may be of wood.

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Different and important aspects about tableware and dishes

Tableware is the dishes or dishware used for setting a table, serving food and eating. It contains cutlery, glassware and . . . serving dishes and other suitable things as well as decorative purposes. The feature, nature, diversity, and number of items varies about culture, religion, a figure of diners, cuisine and
occasion. For instance, Middle Eastern countries, Indian or Polynesian food
type culture and cuisine sometimes bound tableware to serving dishes, using
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