At "First Table" the fort factor, clerks, interpreters, and special guests such as military officers, visiting scientists, missionaries, etc. would be seated. First table might be served on fine china, crystal and silverware and the fare would include the best cuts of meat, fresh vegetables
and fruit in season, deserts, milk, wine, and iced drinks. The image at left depicts a reenactment of first table at Bent's Fort.
Second Table, as the name suggests, was served after first table was finished and cleared. Hunters and craftsmen, such as the fort's blacksmith and carpenter would eat at the second table. The fare would be much simpler, consisting of the less desirable cuts of meat, bread and coffee, served on wooden plates or bowls and tin cups.