The Importance of Variety

No, not the magazine. I mean variety in food.

As a PA, food will unfortunately take up quite a bit of your brainspace. It can be frustrating, because you didn’t go to film school to become a caterer, right?

Often times, this means you’ll go into auto-pilot when it comes to crafty, second meal, or what have you. This is why an entire fridge gets stocked with Coke, Diet Coke, and water, or of the fifteen pizzas by crafty, ten are pepperoni, four are cheese, and one is veggie.

It’s because these flavors are standard. Pretty much anybody will take a slice of one of those pizzas, or grab one of those sodas. But the thing is, they’re not anybody’s favorites

See, people like different things. (I know that’s obvious, but sometimes obvious things need to be stated.) So why not get different things?

If you’re ordering fifteen pizzas, sure, get three pepperonis. But also get Hawaiian, bacon,1 barbecue, veggie, supreme, and on and on. They will all get eaten, I promise, and odds are, one of those is someone’s favorite.

Same with the soda; if you’re only getting a couple twelve packs, start with Coke and Diet Coke. But if you’re stocking up for the whole office for the season, throw in some Cherry Coke or cream soda or ginger ale. Give people some options.

This principle applies to any kind of crafty or snacks, from fruit to candy, too. You’ll learn pretty quickly which flavors people like, and which will sit on the shelf for 22 episodes.

Like oatmeal raisin cookies. Nobody fucking likes oatmeal raisin.

Fuckin' oatmeal raisin.
Will you ever not fall for that?
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  1. I swear to Christ, every time I suggest ordering bacon, people look at me like I have three heads, and every time, it’s the first pizza that’s gone.
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3 Responses

  1. 1. There’s ALWAYS vegetarian pizza left over, which goes to the guard & he takes it home to his family.
    2. The oatmeal raisin cookies are always the first to go.
    3. Creme soda. All the time. Every show.
    4. I need to get you on my shows. 😉

    1. Oatmeal raisin is the devil’s cookie, and nothing you say will convince me otherwise. 🙂

      1. I can get down with a oatmeal raisin cookie every now and then. What I can’t abide by though is a fat ass producer wanting a feast of quinoa and edamame with kale chips, knowing he/she doesn’t eat that shit at home but wants to be all organic on set. You ain’t fooling anyone! 😉

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