Eating’s kind of disgusting to watch.
Continuity’s even more important: Dinner scenes are really, really challenging because you have to make sure chicken legs don’t magically heal from one scene to the next. Pay close attention to who is eating what — or just plan to shoot around the plates.
An alternate trick is to only film from approximately the level of the table, so you never see the food except in the master shot.
You can show the actual eating in cutaways.