Although it may seem easy to feed everyone on set, it is not as simple as you may think. Here is a list of some points to consider:
Consider dietary needs
Everyone has their likes and dislikes when it comes to finding food they will enjoy, but also consider personal dietary requirements like Gluten-free, diabetes, etc.
Getting this information early can save time and money when it comes to ordering large amounts of food for your team and ensure that everybody is happy.
Different stores and suppliers have varied prices; consider starting a food warehouse account (i.e. Booker) for your business as that may be cheaper option to feed your team. Supermarkets can be cheaper for some products so still bear that in mind when shopping around…
Utilise outside companies
This is a good option if you do not have the correct equipment and/or food hygiene certificates. Catering companies will generally do this for a fixed price per person per day so that you can keep control of your budget.
Ask friends and family
If you are lucky enough to know someone who can cook for large groups and has the relevant certification and experience, it may be a good idea to buy the required food and hire them to cook for the team for little to no charge. This will make things cheaper and ensure you can trust that the food will be to a appropriate standards.
BONUS TIP: Always feed your team with a hot meal. This is the absolute least you can do, especially if you’re not paying them! You may get away with buying everyone a sandwich on shorter shoots (generally up to 4 hours).