The Art of Dining

Learn to dine with grace and style.

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The Art of Dining


Wednesday, March 6, 2019
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Plains Room // Memorial Union 

$15 for NDSU employees and students (Use your NDSU email address and promotional code AD2019.)
$25 for General Public

Learn to dine with grace and style. Interacting with people is the key to personal and professional success. Mastering the art of fine dining adds a competitive edge in today's social and business climate. People often develop impressions as to whether or not you can be trusted not to embarrass yourself or the company in business and social situations by the etiquette you display during a meal.

In The Art of Dining, Christopher Crusz will teach the tools of the table and dining etiquette for business and personal events. In this session, he will discuss the special dining etiquette rules for buffet dinners. Crusz will focus primarily on standard rules of etiquette in the United States though many of these rules apply to other cultures as well. 

Crusz, catering supervisor for NDSU's Dining Center and member of the International Guild of Professional Butlers, has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry.

This event is open to all individuals on campus, members of the regional business community, and the general public. 




"My wife and I were very impressed with last night's presentation/dinner 'The Art of Dining'.
Thank you very much for having (us at) this event. Chris and his entire staff did a fantastic job.
Along with the delicious meal I very much enjoyed all of the practical advice Chris gave at each step of the way."
-Tino Simon




Christopher Crusz

Catering Supervisor // NDSU Dining Center

Christopher Crusz was born and educated in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1988 to support the United States Military Training Mission (USMTM). Throughout Crusz's time with USMTM he served members of the Saudi Royal Family, Saudi Government and Saudi Armed Forces. Crusz served U.S. Secretaries of State, U.S. Secretaries of Defense, U.S. Senators, U.S. Ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and members from the U.S. Department of Defense and State.

Crusz's experience in Hospitality spans four decades. As a veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Desert Fox, he earned the prestigious “Superior Civilian Service Award” for leadership excellence, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Commander’s Award for Public Service by the Department of the Army in 2011.

Crusz's basic training was at the U.S. Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Academy Culinary School in Catering Culinary Skills. He holds a Diploma from ALISON (Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online) in Hospitality Management Studies - Food and Beverage Service. He also holds a Diploma from The Wilton School of Cake Decorating & Confectionery Art – Masters Course & Introduction to Sugar Artistry. He is also a member of The International Guild of Professional Butlers based in the United Kingdom.

Crusz retired from USMTM in 2011 to move with his family to Fargo, North Dakota in 2012.





Please let the Office of Teaching and Learning know ahead of time if you have any food allergies or other dietary restrictions. View menu card (link coming soon).


Starter Course

Petite Pains
Garlic Medallions
House Salad with Dill Ranch Dressing


Main Course

Lemon Herb Chicken 
Twice Baked Potatoes
Vegetable Du Jour


Dessert Course

Chocolate Caramel Cake





Dress for the evening is business casual.

Business casual for men is defined as dress pants, a button-down shirt, a tie, and dress shoes.

For women, business casual means either a dress, skirt with a modest shirt, or a pant-suit and dress shoes.





This event is open to the public. Registration is open to the first 100 people. Due to this limited seating we require individuals to register in advance to guarantee themselves a seat. Registration closes February 27th.

To receive the NDSU discount:  

  1. Use your NDSU email address when registering.  
  2. Enter AD2019 in the “Promotional Code” box and click “Apply” on the “Buyer Information” page.



If you are unable to register at the link above, the event may be full. Please contact the Office of Teaching and Learning by email to be put on a waiting list. If you register and you find that you are no longer able to attend call 701-231-7015 or email to release your seat and allow another individual to attend. 



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