Top Ten Things To Expect When Dining With A Food Blogger

Disclaimer: The following is a tongue-in-cheek and much exaggerated preview of what to expect should you accept a dinner invitation to the home of an avid food blogger. At least, I think it would be like this; certainly at my place things are done with much more consideration for the guest!

Top Ten Things To Expect When Dining With A Food Blogger:

1. You won’t be asked to bring anything except perhaps wine or other beverages.

2. Dinner will be served at 3 in the afternoon because the natural light is better.

3. Once the meal is ready, it will be marched past the set dining room table and out the back door for a photo shoot on the shady deck; it will be served to you approximately fifteen minutes later. If you’re lucky.

4. Due to #3, dinner will be cold.

5. There will be one beautifully presented dish – the one being photographed – but any side dishes may look like they were hurriedly slopped together.

6. The dining room has a backdrop and fill lights. (So I don’t, but I bet I know someone who does.)

7. You may be asked if you can be photographed while eating, but note that this request is merely a formality and the host will snap away at will no matter what your response. Expect close-ups of your lips, etc.

8. The host may seem lost in thought for the most of the meal — presumably because he/she is already composing a blog post in his/her head.

9. If there is conversation, it will probably revolve around the food (details on how it was prepared, the chef’s feelings on how it turned out) or the weather (too sunny for photographs or not sunny enough).

10. You’ll notice that the cake for dessert has a slice missing from it. That’s because the host needed to photograph the layers.

Consider yourself warned. You’re welcome.

Update: Don’t miss the follow-up to this post “Ten Things I’ve Learned About Food Bloggers“!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I love this! So true that it’s scary.

    I now understand what my guests have to go through. 😉

    Thanks for making me laugh! 😉

    // Mike

  2. Rofl!! Some of these I definitely do lolll, like the marching food out to my balcony, and taking pictures of my friends eating 😛 I have to link this on my blog!

  3. This is awesome and SO true! I just came back from Seattle where I visited my nieces and everyone I showed my pictures to had to scroll through about 800 photos of each meal we had. 🙂

  4. Brilliant! You just hit the nail on the head. (Blushing with blogger pride)

  5. Hilarious! And sadly, true. hehe

  6. Laughing so hard my eyes are watering… If I didn't know better, I'd think I invited you over for dinner!

  7. And now I am ashamed of myself- even if it is mostly reserved for my dinners with my partner (long suffering soul)- it gets worse when we go out for dinner and the trusty camera comes along- it's a timely reminder that food should be enjoyed, not always poked at and recorded… but I just can't help myself!
    Well said!

  8. That has to be one of the best posts I've read! I'm a fairly new food blogger and this is already my world. Too funny.

  9. When did you become a fly on my wall?

  10. haha… i taste just secs to take photos and plus i use a low end camera, doesn't care much bout lighting(food with get cold if i do…)

  11. Definitely agree with #1, but I've turned my dubious photography into a running joke on the blog, so that we can all eat while the food's still hot. My digital camera and I will never have more than an uneasy relationship.

  12. Absolutely spot on! Funny….I don't remember you visiting our home for dinner but you must have since you remembered it here perfectly;)

  13. I'd be laughing hysterically except this is so dead on I'm afraid to piss off the food gods!

  14. hahahah Perfection!

    Another favorite:

    You will be asked what your opinion is, and they aren't looking for a compliment please give genuine feedback though they may disregard what you say.

  15. LOL that is funny! My husband feels the pain of being like a guest… he always has to wait until I photograph the food, and I will use the special "photographing plates" for one person's plate, because it has to have a nice pattern behind the food. (I just use this for family, for guests the plates match) But I laughed through the whole thing thinking of hubby and how patient he is waiting for his meal after it has been plated and photographed LOL yeah, he thinks I am crazy!

  16. I will link to this in my foodblog-it's brilliant and spot on:D

  17. Hahahaha yes I can say that some of this is very true.

  18. I plead guilty as charged for No. 10. Concerning No.1-9, I refuse to make a statement. 😉

    I like that lens cap on a plate.

  19. This is a hilarious post! It's very true of bloggers…unfortunately for our friends & family. 😛

  20. So funny! And true. And I love your blog concept–my daughter is 9 and below her chair looks like it did when she was tiny…Sigh…:)

  21. haha, my girlfriend just started food blogging and its so funny how a lot of what you wrote is already true.

  22. first time here and LMAO! sooooo true, aLL the TIME!

  23. This is fantastic and so very, very true. The last time we had a dinner guest I simply let him be the guest photographer and then included it in my post. He knew how to use my camera, and it kept him engaged while we were getting things ready and juggling our four kids.

  24. Oh so true!

  25. One thing I've done to solve this problem of cold food is to make extra. My family likes leftovers as lunch the next day anyways, so this works out well.
    I can have dinner on the table and then photograph the food later once everyone is done eating. I just reserve the prettiest piece of meat or cake or whatever and enough sides for a full plate and then no one is complaining they don't get to eat on time. I try to make two lunches worth of leftovers and then I can even photograph the food the next day if i want to wait for when the light is good.

  26. I swear my family just rolls their eyes when I do all of these, minus the lighting and backdrop stuff. But yep, it's been known to happen here.

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