‘Blue Bloods’: Is the Food for Family Meals Real?

Sami Gayle as Nicky Reagan-Boyle on Blue Bloods

Sami Gayle as Nicky Reagan-Boyle on Blue Bloods | CBS

The Reagan family often comes together for family dinners to discuss what is weighing on their minds on Blue Bloods. The scenes are interesting because the different characters can hash out their different opinions. But have you ever wondered what filming those scenes are like for the actors? Here is everything to know including whether the food is real and if the actors eat while filming.

Some actors do eat while filming the dinner scenes on Blue Bloods

The actors have different approaches to doing the scenes. “All the actors eat to varying degrees,” revealed Jim Lillis, the property master on Blue Bloods, to The Virginian Plot. “Some are good at faking it. They are very good at making it look like they’re really enjoying a hearty dinner.”

Some actors fake it by just drinking water, others will push around food on their plate, and some will dig in to enjoy some of the food. Amy Carlson, who played Linda Reagan, revealed why this is the case.

You’re eating for a long time,” Carlson said according to CBS Philly. “The dinner scene can take hours’ a very long time to shoot. You can’t eat anything for like eight hours and not get sick, get like physically ill.”

Real restaurants cater the food but there is also a Blue Bloods cookbook

A family dinner on Blue Bloods

A family dinner on Blue Bloods | CBS

The food is real and is made thanks to restaurants like The BeeHive Oven in Brooklyn according to The Virginian Plot. There are many things that come into play for the scenes so the property master and his staff, the cinematographer, and set decorators work on the set before the actors show up.

Fans can eat like they are on Blue Bloods thanks to the book, The Blue Bloods Cookbook: 120 Recipes That Will Bring Your Family to the Table. Bridget Moynahan is listed as one of the authors for the book. 

“We all just thought it was a natural extension to kind of bring a cookbook to the fans, inspired by the meals that we’ve had on the show and the meals all of us have shared with our families,” Moynahan told CBS Philly.

Tom Selleck said the scenes are long and boring to shoot

The Blue Bloods star has also opened up about what it’s like to film those scenes. Apparently, it’s more daunting than what fans may think.

Dinner scenes are long; they can be boring [to film] because you repeat the same dialogue and eat the same food—which gets pretty gamy—for eight hours,” Tom Selleck told TV Insider. “But not only are the characters catching up with each other, but I’m catching up with my friends. Sometimes the director can’t get our attention between takes because we’re screwing around. We can get pretty silly by the end.”

So the food in the family dinner scenes on Blue Bloods is very much real and now there is a cookbook for fans to recreate the dinner themselves.

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