Just repeat after me: There's nothing wrong with taking pictures of your food. There's nothing wrong with taking pictures of your food. There's nothing wrong wi— what the hell, did a restaurant literally make new plates that let people take better pictures of their food? With little built-in stands for their phones, and a curved saucer-thing that bounces light back over the meal just right? Have we gone too far? Is this really a good use of our time?
a five-course meal and a photography workshop
I don't have the answers to these questions, but what I can say is that this is not a piece of low-key satire. In fact, it's genuinely quite an interesting concept — it's called Foodography and it's basically a series of events combining a photography workshop with a tasting menu. Created in a collaboration between Israel's Carmel Winery and Tel Aviv restaurant Catit, the idea is to not only serve patrons a delicious five-course meal, but to also improve their photography skills in the process.
To this end, Foodography's organizers had two special plates designed to better showcase the meals. One — named The 360 — has a revolving base that allows diners to capture every angle of their food, while the other — The Limbo — rises up at the rear to provide a uniform background for dishes to be photographed against. A report from PSFK claims that each Foodography event also comes with a top photographer on hand, ready to offer guests advice about how to best capture their meals.
The events themselves cost $155 per head, with patrons showing off the undeniably impressive results — we mean both the food and the photography — under the hashtags #fdgr and #carmelwinery on Instagram. It's eating out, but not as we know it.