Backpack to Briefcase: Dining Etiquette

We regret to inform you that owing to the current situation with COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

Join fellow U of T alumni and students for an interactive dinner and etiquette coaching session on the finer points of dining.

Monday, March 16, 2020
Mondello Ristorante
127 Queen St. South
Mississauga, ON (View Map)

  • 5:30 p.m. Doors open. Registration and refreshments.
  • 5:45 p.m. Remarks and presentation
  • 7:45 p.m. Q & A

Cost: $35 per person in advance


  • Fresh bread with olive oil and balsamic
  • Choice of appetizer:
    • Butternut squash soup
    • Mixed greens salad with tomato, cucumber, red onion, carrot and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Choice of entrée served with fresh vegetable and potato:
    • Chicken marsala with marsala wine sauce and wild mushrooms
    • Eggplant parmigiana with fresh breading, tomato sauce, mozzarella
    • Tilapia piccata with lemon caper butter sauce
  • Chocolate tartufo
  • Soft drinks, freshly brewed coffee and tea
  • Cash bar

Parking is available at the restaurant and on side streets. Students using their U-Pass from UTM can take bus 44 North from UTM. Plan your trip with MiWay.

This event is open to all U of T alumni and students and their guests.


Presented by

Leanne Pepper

Leanne Pepper
Certified Etiquette and Protocol Coach
General Manager, The Faculty Club, University of Toronto

Confused about cutlery and glassware? Polish up your skills at this interactive dinner with etiquette expert, Leanne Pepper. Pepper will walk you through dining etiquette with a focus on table manners and the finer points of continental-style dining at Mondello Ristorante, owned and operated by UTM alumna, Jessica Spiteri (BCom 2009). Bring your appetite and your sense of humour!

In preparation for this event, review how to dress for success with tips from the UTM Career Centre.

Please contact Alumni Relations if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make this event accessible to you.

U of T encourages a scent-free environment. Scented products can cause serious health reactions in some people. Please avoid the use of perfume, cologne, scented hairspray and other scented products. Thank you for helping to create a safe and healthy environment for everyone.

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This event is part of an ongoing series of talks and events for U of T students and young alumni to learn new skills, develop professional networks, and hear advice and encouragement from alumni, faculty and industry experts.

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