category Film, TV and Location

Craft Services and location Catering in France and the UK

For those who have never been lucky enough to go on a UK, European or US film or television set, there’s big a difference between movie catering and craft service. People might not know what Craft Services are but at Red Radish we can guarantee that they are an essential part of a successful location and movie catering and production. Whilst location catering handles the BIG meals like lunch and dinner, craft services provide the snacks and drinks that are always available to the crew while they’re filming. This can be anything from regular cups of tea and biscuits and sandwiches (on a low-budget indie feature) up to to an elaborate macrobiotic feast with organic everything and sustainable sushi (on a Brad Pitt blockbuster).

Whatever your budget and choice the team at Red Radish will make sure everyone feels happy and well catered for at the end of every day. Quite simply we just would not take the job unless we could deliver the goods and the smiles! Poor quality catering and craft services is the single biggest source of complaints on any given production, so producers and production companies will often spend a lot of time and effort looking for a top-notch caterer and craft service company like us. But like all businesses and within any price range, there are better and worse catering companies for the job so just be careful of who you choose and make sure you always take out a few references from past satisfied clients.

This is our basic list but obviously it can be adjusted to suit all budget and dietary requirments!

Breakfast/Call time

 Selection of Mini Croissants and Pastries

Homemade Mini Breakfast Muffins

Homemade Mini Sausage Rolls

Free- range Scrambled Eggs

Selection of Bread

Slices of Ham

Craft Menu All Day

 Nespresso of freshly brewed Coffee and Cappuccinos

Regular Tea and Herbal Teas

Orange Juice and Bottled Water

Fresh Fruit Basket

Fruit Platters

Freshly Cut Vegetables and dips

Mints and Chewing Gum

Selection of Sweets and Chocolates

Fresh lemon and Ginger

Dried Fruits and Nuts

Basic First Aid Kit

Hand Sanitiser

And wherever Possible – Newspapers and Fresh Flowers

What does Craft Services mean on a Film or TV location?

So, what exactly are Craft Services? In movie, TV or video production, craft service (UK, France and Europe) or crafty (USA) refers to the department that provides food service, buffet style snacks and drinks and hot beverages to the other departments or crafts. The crafts in film usually refers to departments such as camera, sound, electricians, grips, props, art director, set decorator, hair and makeup. Hence the term CRAFT SERVICES.

Whilst Red Radish can provide both there is a big difference between crafts service and the regular location catering we provide across France and the UK. When catering we usually bring in a catering truck or marquee and our chefs and crew base themselves there and cook the regular hot sit down meals that the film crew require and are entitled to every six hours when working on location. This usually last between thirty minutes and an hour unless of course you are in France where lunch can often take a little longer! Good food is more often than not the single most important meaning of a happy crew on location.

Crafts service is a lot different and can often be a crew position from within the movie production team, although most decent sized UK and French production companies these days bring in an outside caterer like Red Radish. Usually there are one or two craft service stations, set up on manned tables with a wide display of snacks and drinks available to keep everyone fed and happy during the day or night filming. The food provided can vary widely with low budget productions often offering very limited food.  Generally though (and especially at Red Radish!) a craft service table will offer generous food, fresh fruit and drinks plus lots of other goodies such as homemade cakes and delicious sandwiches and cookies. Great coffee is also an important part of the Red Radish craft Services table. The craft service tables can often be asked to move around the set so at short notice so it is essential that all our team are fit, strong and very responsive to the heavy demands of a film location.

Thanks Red Radish. You saved our bacon!

Dearest Wayne + Lucy

We all wanted to send you a special thanks for you complete flexibility and un-ending support with our St Tropez fashion photo shoots for Balmain. You were both so warm and accommodating and a true asset to the team – you saved our bacon with those bacon sandwiches and quick thinking lunches!

It would not have been the same without you, and for that we’re all truly grateful.

Many, many thanks.

Can you send us your address so we can try to send you something by way of thanks.

All the best
Elizabeth Norris

Art House.
70 Rochester Place
London
NW1 9JX

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