Food rarely looks or tastes as good in reality as it does when it is presented on television or a movie set. Everything always looks better in the movies. Delightful, magical and tantalizing plates of decked out food entries, complete with all of the fixings and trimmings make our mouths water, often sending us running to the kitchen on a commercial break for a snack that may or may not resemble that epic food scene that we just drooled over, sending us into a complete derailment from getting to the plot of the movie.
Luscious bacon burgers with crisp lettuce and oozy cheese, foods glazed with a deep reddish brown shallac that never quite turn out the same in our own ovens, and never ending piles of sweets and treats that are decked out to perfection with all of the fancy trimmings that could only come from the finest bakeries on the planet.
There is a perfectly good explanation as to why food and drinks seen on movies appear to be created by master chefs....they are often times nothing more than faux food. During a movie's production phase, it is reasonable to expect that several shots of any particular scene will be shot. This includes those mouth watering movie scenes where food and drink props are strategically put into place.
Beautiful platters of wax treats and colorful glasses of frothy drinks and delectable replicas of the things we love to eat and drink are often necessary elements for establishing sets that look like a home, restaurant or grocery store where "simulated reality" is just a part of the inviting feel of the "home set."
Replicas do not spoil as real food would do over several hours under hot lights, so embellishing tables, counters and bars with colorful assortments of the one thing that keeps humans thriving is often key to realistic looking backdrops, centerpieces and scenes where food plays a role with the actors.
Our favorite stars would be grossly overweight if they were to take a bite of the food that has been presented to them during every shot. This is where fake food comes in handy. In the case that real snacks and meals have been placed on the table, there is more than likely a garbage bin set in place for the purpose of spitting out their twenty-fifth bite of "double stacked pizza."
There are virtually hundreds of movies and television shows featuring food, dinner and eating scenes, but some stand out more than others. The memorable ones that make us hunger to snack on what the actors are eating long after the movie has been filed away deep within the archives are often times effective trend setters that leave a food, venue or destination famous long after the location's dust has settled.
Food is fuel and memorable food moments are often times notably famous due to their ability to make us want to revisit them or add them to our list of favorite epic occurrences that touch us in one way or another. No matter who you are or where you come from, food is the one thing that we all need to sustain.
Memorable Food Moments in Movies & Popular Television Shows
Lady & the Tramp: That big pile of luscious spaghetti slathered in rich, red marinara with a sprinkling of parmesan is one the most delicious animated meals of all times. This is the perfect meal for bringing people together, and even though it is fake, it still manages to conjure up hunger pangs.
Pulp Fiction: The Big Kahuna Burger from "that Hawaiian Burger Joint," as Samuel Jackson refers to it as he proceeds to take big bites out of the burger, washing it down with his Big Kahuna Sprite.
Pretty Woman: Vivian, played by Julia Roberts, discovers that using the proper snail tongs is everything when dealing with these slippery little suckers. The dinner table not only features variable dinner entrees, it has been set with multiple utensils that only a true etiquette expert would understand.
King of the Hill, Alamo Beer: The cold brew is the main characters desired drink of choice. It was also the popular choice used as the main plot of the episode "Beer and Loathing."
Eat, Pray, Love: Julia Roberts enjoys the taste of her Italian Margherita pizza so much so that she boasts about having a relationship with it while inciting her dinner companion to do the same, despite the worry about recent weight gain.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: A delicious golden turkey is presented at the dinner table where the bird is carved, giving the dinner guests an up close view of a grotesque carcass surrounded by shriveled, dried up meat.
Mystic Pizza: A popular food critic, known as the Fireside Gourmet, walks into the iconic Mystic Pizza shop that is known as a is a little slice of heaven in the downtown Mystic, Connecticut area. He dines on just a half a slice of the Mystic pizza that he later refers to as, "cheesy queasy" food.
His visit leaves the workers, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Annabeth Gish, and owner Leona, played by Conchata Ferrell unsure of his critic's report, which is televised later where he describes it as superb, with just the right amount of ingredients. The film centers around a strong work ethic and Mystic Pizza is nowhere near fictional. Fans flock to the Main Street location in Mystic, Connecticut from all over the world.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: The computer animated film is colorful, humorous and centered around all things food. The town has fountains that stream nacho cheese, the skies open up and rains cheeseburgers and a backdrop of ice cream mountains and Jell-O hills just wait to be climbed and eaten. It is a definite hunger inducer. The all-star-cast heightens the fanciful story-lines with their brilliant inventions, shenanigans and a whimsical world filled with lots of food.
Matilda: A decadent chocolate treat is something that most of us crave when our sweet tooth calls our name, but an entire cake in one sitting is just plain disgusting. Unfortunately, one young, overweight student is forced by the hateful Mrs. Trunchbull to chow down on the cake in front of everyone left most of the viewing audience ready to toss their cookies.
The Breakfast Club: Who could forget that tooth breaking sandwich that Allison, played by Ally Sheedy manufactured by loading up a slice of white bread with the contents of a Pixie Stix, followed by a healthy layer of Cap n' Crunch cereal. She then places a second slice of bread onto the crunchy layer, compacting the concoction tightly and then going in for the world's biggest bite. The loud penetrating sounds that followed macking down on large, dry chunks of cereal were a dentist's nightmare.
The Simpson's Duff Beer: Consumed by the adult characters, this beer has been prevalent throughout the series since its introduction in May 1990. It has been used as the basis for numerous storylines. Variations include Duff Lite, Duff Dry, and Duff Dark. Fudd Beer is sold in competition with Duff Beer.
Scooby Snacks from Scooby-Doo.....This is a heart shortbread or savory cookie made for two legged and four legged creatures alike.
The Flinstones Dinosaur Ribs:...Fred & Wilma make date night plans to dine at their local car hop style restaurant. Their dinosaur rib dinner order topples their car on its side after it has been placed on the car window. The iconic scene was the cartoon's opener, and it became a familiar sight when you flipped the popular cartoon on the old "boob tube." True carnivores would have loved the Flintstones mammoth meal that more than likely offered an exotic meatiness that was flavored with mild sauce and a deep, dry rub, and best yet, one rib is all you needed for an entire family.
Goodfellas, Dinner In Prison: These guys got the ultimate dining experience down to a science. The gangsters prepare a lavish meal while incarcerated with the end result being a culinary masterpiece that includes seared steaks, lobster and an olive oil based liquid that has been infused with garlic, liquor and wine that makes the quintessential pasta sauce.
American Pie: We can only guess that the apple pie was warm, sweet and tart, but the virgin who "sampled" the culinary delight left by his mother on the kitchen counter, quickly found out that his short lived pleasure with the "feel good" pie was anything but sweet.
Rocky: The tough edged boxer downing raw eggs is enough to make the strongest of food lovers want to spew. His commitment keeps us engaged as he fuels his passion and his body with the slime infested breakfast that only a tough guy could ingest without complaint.
Waitress: Jenna is a pregnant and unhappily married waitress working at a dead end job, played by Keri Russell, who hopes to win a new love interest and the $25,000 prize to the winner of the town's best pie maker in the pie baking contest. Her pies are genuinely a reflection of her unhappy life and are nothing short of tantalizing. Watching the pies being made leaves you craving for a custard filled piece of heaven with a light and flaky crust.
Sponge Bob Square Pants: This beloved cartoon offers up delectable Krabby Patties, lovingly cooked by the show's star, Their popularity inspires Sheldon J. Plankton, owner of the Chum Bucket, who continually attempts to steal the top-secret recipe. Recipe: Krabby Patties are more than likely made from fresh Maryland blue crab, mayonnaise and a few secret spices placed on waterproof bread.
Splash: What could only be described as being the world's largest crustacean is consumed by a mermaid played by, Daryl Hannah, who has an insatiable appetite for seafood. The gorgeous sea creature manages to eat the shell and all of the meaty red lobster during a visit to a fancy restaurant while her handsome dinner companion, played by Tom Hanks, watches in total awe and amazement.
When Harry Met Sally: The triple stacked deli creation that sit's on the table in New York Cities, infamous, Katz Deli where Harry & Sally share a meal is only the beginning of mouth watering events during just one scene from the memorable movie. Meg Ryan's "fake orgasm" would be the other.
30 Rock: Liz Lemon loves her comfort foods, and nothing could be better than three of her all time favorites rolled into one. This is where the "Cheesy Blaster," has been created, which is nothing more than a Jack cheese, stuffed hot dog that has been folded into a pizza.
Saturday Night Fever: Who can forget that iconic scene where, Tony Manero aka John Travolta struts his "hot Italian self" down the sidewalk while chowing down on a "double stacked" pizza from Lenny’s Pizza Shop, located in Brooklyn. The famous pizza shop offers "off of the charts" authentic Italian pizza. The scene was one of John Travolta's epic moments that was shot during, "Saturday Night Fever," during a much needed pit stop which is in no way fictional.
Flashdance: Alex Owens, played by Jennifer Beals demonstrates to the viewing world how to seductively eat lobster. The film scene is nothing short of epic.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Finding that golden ticket is the objective, but getting past the pools and waterfalls of ooey, gooey, sweet and delectable chocolate has us running for the cupboards in search of something yummy to cure our out of control sweet tooth.
The Nutcracker, the Land of Sweets: When visiting Konfektburg, you just may discover rivers of lemonade and towns made of sweetly spiced gingerbread.
Porridge from The Magic Porridge Pot: This involves a magic pot that delivers a constant warm, filling supply of starchy grains, known to many as the "breakfast of champions." It is made with creamy milk, honey and none of that water and salt nonsense. Mama, papa and baby bear love this sweet cereal treat.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The grotesque dinner scene featuring body parts was shot for thirty-six consecutive hours, in the scorching heat of a Texas summer during the filming of the movie in 1974. The smell was horrific as food and carcasses were rotting away and people were sweating profusely during all this time. One actor said that it was easily the worst experience of his life, even than serving in Vietnam. Suddenly, the agonizing screams of Sally gain a whole new meaning.
Wayne's World: Those ginormous Bear Claws from Stan Mikita's Donuts.
The "Peach Pit,"....Beverly Hill's 90210: A never ending supply of rubber and plastic burgers, fries & milkshakes.
Roseanne's Lanford Lunchbox: The #1 location to find a loose meat sandwich and a side of bad attitude.
The Grinch Stole Christmas: This one is pure animal love. Our favorite green thief dines on a hunk of roast beast that is slightly reminiscent of tender beef, pork and turkey all in one glorious bite for for a starving lion. The Grinch favors a side of raw yellow Vidalia onion with his beast dinner.
Stone Soup: – A poor but wise man tricks a whole community into coming together and contributing ingredients while working alongside each other to make the most warming and delicious soup anyone has ever eaten. Ingredients: One large clean stone, celery, carrots, onions, and lots of love. Simmer slowly over an imaginary fire.
Frobscottle from The BFG: This mouth pleasing treat is sweet, exotic, and downright delightful.
The Expanse Series: The red kibble tastes like chicken with a wee bit of crunch.
Harry Potter Cauldron Cakes: This is nothing more than a sponge cake, saturated with ganache.
The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins’ Seed Cakes: Not sweet, not savory, but very pleasant tasting.
The Last Jedi, Roast Porg: Teriyaki chicken.
Doozer Sticks from Fraggle Rock: There is no doubt that the sweet sticks resemble orange peppermint that are made with orange liqueur mixed with Goldschläger.
Ed’s Special Sauce from Good Burger: Vinegary Chipotle Mayo with lemon.
Star Trek, the Next Generation's Klingon Bloodwine: The warrior drink taste's like Kool-Aid or prune juice.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: Float down a chocolate river where gummy bear trees and lollipops growing out of the ground are every kid's dream world. Adults can nibble on Snozberries, a tart stuffed full of fruity peach and strawberries.