I wanted to do something a bit lighter for today. No reason why, just did. Now, the idea of having food at the game table is nothing new. I mean, the stereotypical "D&D Group" is a bunch of geeks sitting around a table with a bowl of cheetos and some mountain dew. Not every group goes that way though. So, how does your group do it?
The group I play with right now goes along more of a 'lone wolf' route when it comes to food at the gaming table. Everyone gets, brings, or provides for themselves. Sharing can happen, and sometimes things are bought for the table, but for the most part everyone takes care of themselves. It's rarely junk food either. Well, junk food is a broad term now, so lets just say that it is usually 'dinner' or a 'meal' and not a bag of chips.
Other groups, and games, I've been in have done it differently. In a D&D game I was in before, everyone was responsible for bringing something for the table, or throwing some money in to the DM and his wife for food. The food would then be split between the table. The money went into paying for food that was cooked, like an actual meal, the chips, dip, and soda was used for everyone to drink. It was a good time, and with the amount of food that group could pound through, definitely a necessary division of labor for everyone's wallets.
I've also heard of groups where the GM has simply provided food for the table free of charge. Setting out either a few bags of chips, or in some cases, prepping entire meals for the group. I think that is a bit on the crazy side, but if the GM likes doing it then more power to them on it, and I'm sure the players enjoy the home cooked meal that comes with their game.
Finally, there is also the old favorite of in game bribery for food. You bring food for the table, you get XP, or a bonus die, a void point, something. Providing for the table doesn't get you compensated monetarily, but the GM will give you something in game for your kindness. This can also lead to some awesome amounts of food being present at the table when you get close to "leveling time" and everyone is desperate for those last few XP to get them their new shinies.
In all instances though, gaming is a social event. In some cases, it is the only non-work related socializing we can get with our busy lives. Food is a part of it. So, how do you do food at your gaming table?