‘Blue Bloods’: What They Do With Leftovers from Reagan Family Dinners

Most “Blue Bloods” fans would agree Reagan family dinners are the best part of the show. What happens to all the food that’s not eaten? Here’s what they do with leftovers from “Blue Bloods” family dinner.

Why Tom Selleck loves family dinners

Blue Bloods family dinner | Patrick Harbron/CBS via Getty Images
Blue Bloods family dinner | Patrick Harbron/CBS via Getty Images

During an interview with CBS This Morning, Selleck spoke about how grateful he is to work for such a successful show and why he loves shooting family dinner scenes with the Blue Bloods cast. “On an episodic show with an ensemble, you [sometimes don’t] see your fellow actors for a month. On our show, every eight days, that’s how long it takes us to shoot, we have a little actor family get-together in addition to the family dinner. I love all these people and they’re fine actors, so it’s kind of a double bonus. It’s hard work because you gotta eat for eight hours,” said Selleck.

These things about ‘Blue Bloods’ family dinners are fake

In case you were wondering, the food served on “Blue Bloods” is real. However, there are a few things that are fake about the Reagan family dinners. Although it looks very real, the silverware is fake. In an interview with CBS, Donnie Walberg revealed the sound department doesn’t want to hear clinking from silverware. Plastic cutlery doesn’t make noise, so it’s preferred. Another thing that’s fake is the alcohol. Wahlberg said the cast is really drinking iced tea in those wine glasses. The staircase also doesn’t lead where you think it does. Former “Blue Bloods” star Vanessa Carlson revealed the stairs do not lead to a bedroom. She told Rachael Ray the fake stairs lead to the set’s kitchen closet.   

The food on ‘Blue Bloods’ is real–and Donnie Wahlberg eats a lot of it

Donnie Wahlberg on the set of Blue Bloods |  John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images
Donnie Wahlberg on the set of Blue Bloods | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

Wahlberg is the cast member who eats the most food during Reagan family dinners. During her “Rachael Ray interview,” Carlson said Wahlberg sometimes even eats between takes.

Wahlberg told “People” magazine that unlike Selleck he really eats, and he eats a lot of food. “Tom just pretends eat, but I’m the only one who really eats. I literally ate 20 pounds of asparagus today. I try to only stick to vegetables, which leads to other problems. Fortunately, we wrapped a little early today, so the problems will be personal problems and won’t be affecting everyone else at the table,” joked Wahlberg.

What they do with leftovers from ‘Blue Bloods’ family dinner

The Reagans eat a lot of food during those dinner scenes. What do they do with all the leftovers? Rest assured, food from “Blue Bloods” family dinner is not thrown out. Whatever isn’t eaten by the cast is given to the crew members to take home, reports “TV Insider.” Prop master Jim Lillis says all the food is cleared out. “Food that’s still good is shared with the crew to take home,” Lillis told the publication. Nothing goes to waste.”

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