Even if you don’t have a million dollars to complete your short film or TV production, you still have to feed your crew. At Dine With 9 Catering we provide complete meal packages for low budget productions. Most television, music video, film or live event productions work for about 12 to 14 hours. Union rules usually require meals at every 6-hours.
The first hour of the day starts with breakfast; however, low-budget productions might skip this meal. Your cast and crew will usually check their call-sheet each day to find out what meals will be included and at what times. At the 6th hour of the day is lunch, which is the most important meal of the day. Some low budget production catering might include a skimpy breakfast and a skimpy lunch, but it’s smarter to simply skip breakfast and do a hearty lunch. Two skimpy meals mean you won’t be satisfied at either meal break. If your crew is notified that they’ll be NO breakfast, they’ll likely eat before leaving home on their way to set. At the 6th hour, people expect to be well nourished with a hearty meal. After a 12-hour day, another meal break is required if your production continues working. The 12thhour meal would be dinner, sometimes referred to as 2nd meal. This meal usually isn’t as substantial as the 6th hour meal. It often consists of sandwiches, wraps or even pizza on some sets.
Menu options for low budget production catering may include chicken, pasta and less expensive red meat and seafood options. These menu options don’t mean you have to sacrifice overall quality and taste. You can save more by ordering drop-off service. A driver will deliver the order to your production set and setup the buffet for self-service. In cases, where you have a large crew, self-serve is not recommended. We provide servers to manage food portions and keep the buffet clean for everyone to enjoy. If adding servers is out of budget, consider ordering extra servings for larger crews. Contact Dine With 9 Catering for LA production catering. We’ll discuss your budget and find a menu and service option to make your project a success.