Food on a film set means craft services, and craft services means hiring catering services. Los Angeles, of course, sees more filming than any other U.S. city, so it should come as no surprise that it is also home to an unusually high number of catering services. Los Angeles has a lot of caterers, and while many of them can provide craft services, not all of them are able to do a good job of it.
If you’re tasked with arranging craft services on your shoot, the biggest problem you’re likely to face is picking one of the thousands of catering services Los Angeles has available. The sheer number of catering services Los Angeles can offer is enough to overwhelm almost anybody. There are a few things you can keep in mind, though, that will simplify your choice – at least a little bit.
Craft services involve both food and beverages that are available at all times to cast and crew, as well as full-service meals for meal breaks. On most shoots that means at least one full meal. If you’re shooting longer than 8 to 10 hours you’ll need to be prepared to serve two or possibly three full meals. Just in case the shoot goes over schedule, you’ll need to arrange for a contingency plan with your catering services.
Los Angeles is justifiably famous as a city of trendsetters, and that reputation is more than deserved when it comes to setting lifestyle and dining trends. What this means for you is that there are a number of options you need to arrange with the catering services. Los Angeles is home to a higher than average percentage of vegetarians, and more and more people are requesting, and expecting to receive, nut-free and gluten-free alternatives.
In order to get all of these things on one craft services table, you’re almost certainly going to have to look somewhere other than the traditional film industry catering services. Los Angeles, thankfully, is also home to restaurants like Maria’s Italian kitchen – restaurants that do catering service, have years of experience with craft services, and offer nut free, gluten-free, and vegetarian options for many of their menu items.
The final, and possibly most important reason to hire a restaurant like Maria’s to provide your craft services is that you want to choose a style of food, or a cuisine, that will be popular with as many people as possible. No cuisine in the world is more popular than Italian, and Maria’s is one of the best Italian catering services Los Angeles has ever seen.
If you’re in charge of arranging craft services at your film shoot, remember that you’re not just feeding pampered movie stars. You also have to feed the crew, and other people who work for a living, and people who work for a living get hungry. By ensuring everyone has access to healthy, nutritious, and delicious food you’re also making sure that the entire filming goes smoothly from start to finish.