A Sense of Place

By Marsha Fottler. Whenever I invite more than six people to sit at my table I use place cards. Some people consider place cards a foolish affectation on the part of an overly controlling hostess. But positioning people at table is an old and respected custom. In ancient China the guest of honor at a banquette was always seated so he faced east. In medieval times if a guest was seated “below the salt,” i.e. on the wrong side...