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Short Film Catering Service - Thoughts?

Hi All,

Just wanted to get some opinions on what I think is a niche that is perhaps missing from those of us in the short/low budget game!

I've always done catering for my own shoots, and done a pretty good job (so I'm told!)

Would people be interested in using a bespoke (yet affordable!) catering service, designed to suit those of us that can't afford to shell out for portable kitchens and chefs!

Let me know your thoughts guys, and if you're interested, I'm London/Southampton based so just drop me a line to know more!

Dom

  • It's a great idea - there's never a project that doesn't need catering! What kind of menus and deals are you thinking of?

    I'd suggest hotboxing if you don't have your own catering truck, and maybe not getting involved in craft stations as that'll require you to be there all day and take grief

    11 months ago
    • In terms of menus and deals it's all pretty customisable, at the end of the day it's about making things convenient for production, and the last production I provided this for, they ended up saving a considerable amount of money!

      Thanks for the tips on craft though, duly noted as it was another thing I was thinking of doing! ;)

      11 months ago
    • @Dominic Bolton heh heh - running a craft table is just a big distraction. Either employ someone to do it, or let the production tidy up their own mess ;-)

      To get traction though, think in terms of actually coming up with some price/menu options. As-is for instance I'd have nothing to gauge where to mentally fit you on my scale of 'film catering deals'. Come up with some sample menues and prices (be very clear what's included and excluded, including waste management, etc). I've done catering management on gigs where we've done 17000 covers before, so I know how useful it is to at least open discussions with a menu and price!

      11 months ago
  • Anything except microwaved meals and pizzas! :)

    11 months ago
  • Hi Dominic. I'm definitely interested! It's a great idea. Like Paddy said, it would be good to get an idea of prices and menus. Thanks Zoe

    11 months ago
  • Okay so seeing as you all want to know prices..

    I can currently offer meals in a scale of price brackets from £1.50 per head through to £4.50. On top of this there are extra charges for consumables & delivery as well as optional extras such as disposable cutlery, tea & coffee and disposable cups.

    To put that in to perspective, the last job I did was for 150 covers across 3 days, which came at a total cost of £525. Equating roughly to £3.50 per head.

    If anyone would like to see a menu then drop me an email at dominic.bolton@live.com :)

    11 months ago
  • Last year I discovered the irony that catering was the single biggest headache around planning a shoot (followed by accommodation and transport!). Different locations, different diets, different was of saving money... and it still cost more than the prices you're mentioning. Please make sure you factor in living wage for you and your staff though.

    11 months ago
    • I can assure you that I am paying myself living wage, and also that should I get to a position where I require additional staff that they will be payed London living wage as well! I've worked on enough shoots as a runner being payed just about enough to get the tube home to know the importance of paying people a living wage! :)

      11 months ago
  • Send info, might be able to use you on an 18 day shoot we have comeing up. adam.crow@dittofilms.com

    11 months ago
  • Hi Dominic it is always good to have some one on hand to take care of catering even on features where there are not many cast or crew pls send info to Shobina.j@btinternet.com re which areas you travel to etc

    11 months ago