34 years in this business has taken me to some great places across this country. Rockford, IL, Aberdeen, SD, Stevens Point, WI, Kansas City, MO, Anchorage, AK, Dallas, TX, Enid, OK and now Fort Smith.
Attention, foodies: Restaurant owners are asking you to stop snapping photos of your gourmet brie cheeseburger with truffle oil-drenched fries.
The days of simply dining and enjoying have changed. More and more restaurant-goers are pulling out their smartphones or digital cameras and taking photos of elaborate entrees and dishes at
This growing trend is commonly known as foodstagram, a photo taken on a cellphone and quickly posted online.
"With the advent of social media, it just became that people like food porn," said Steven Hall, PR representative for Bouley restaurant. "People really love looking at pictures of food."
Some restaurants are cracking down on snap-happy guests. The New York Times reports that owners of upscale restaurants like Fat Duck, Le Bernardin and Per Se "discourage flash photography" by their guests.
Gerald San Jose, media manager for Per Se, said the restaurant "does not have a no-photography policy, although if guests do photograph, Per Se asks that they refrain from using flash and be discreet so as to not disturb the experience of other guests." Le Bernardin agrees, saying, "Flash photography disturbs other diners."
David Chang, the head chef at Bouley, does not discourage photography, but instead invites guests into his kitchen for pictures. Hall said Bouley doesn't "really enforce it. If there are people that are taking pictures then they take pictures in the kitchen." "He [Chang] makes customers a part of the dining experience," said Hall. "He's always welcomed people into his kitchen. They love it. He loves it."