All praise is due to Allah; the Creator and All-Knowing. May Allah bless and give peace to our beloved Prophet, the best of examples for humanity.
Eating and drinking are everyday actions (mubah) that have potential reward when they are completed in the correct way and with the proper intention. Insha’Allah the following will be a reminder for us regarding some of the eating and drinking etiquette.
One ought to say the name of Allah before eating. It is best to eat those foods that have barakah in them (olives, honey, dates, milk, sheep).There is no problem in preferring certain foods (the Prophet preferred and disliked some foods, peace be upon him). If a food is disliked, verbal complaints are not to be mentioned and avoiding that food is fine. We ought not be excessive in eating and drinking and it is forbidden to waste foods (save remaining food).
It is encouraged to eat and drink with humility, such as not eating lying down. Despite common conception, eating on the ground is not a recommended sunna, rather eating on the ground is preferred if it is a sign of humility and if one wants to follow how the Prophet (peace be upon him) ate, however eating on the ground is not an action encouraged in the shari’ah specifically. If there are workers in the household they should eat with you, or in the least one should provide food for those workers. It is encouraged to also include your neighbours for meals.
It is not lawful to sit at a table where unlawful foods are present. It is better to eat in a group than alone. Allow the hot foods and drinks to cool on their own without blowing on them. Eat with the right hand and of those foods nearest to you. It is encouraged to sit while drinking. It is not permitted to take more than ones share in a gathering and burping is disliked. There is no harm to have conversation while eating. Conclude eating with praise of Allah.
If anything I have said is correct, it is from Allah; to whom all praise is due. Any mistakes I have made are from my own error and for these I seek forgiveness from Allah, Most-Merciful.