These are some of my favorite tools, supplies and equipment you may want to add to your craft service kit. The more items in your kit, the more organized and professional you will look.
Also, the more craft service equipment you own, the more you may be able to charge in kit rental fees.
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Basic Craft Service Kit
Craft Service Cart
There are plenty or craft service carts to choose from but I recommend buying one that has a reputation for sturdiness like the Safco Impromptu Refreshment Hospitality Cart. It’s made of steel and polycarbonate construction and scores 4.5 out 5 stars from users.
Craft Service Wagon
My collapsible wagon in indispensable! I use it to carry everything from cases of water to hot boxes of joe to set.
Craft Service Table
The resin folding tables I use are a tad heavy (for me) but they are extremely durable. You can find light weight folding tables but they may not be as sturdy.
Coolers With Wheels
You can really pack lots of food or beverages in the Igloo 60-Quart roller. I used to own one until someone absconded from a set in a warehouse! Received 4.5 out of 5 stars from users.
The Coleman 100 Quart is also a very good choice.
I have used both the traditional 40 – 60 cup coffee brewers as well as the popular single serve brewer Keurig. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of the Keurig type brewer’s is that you can buy a variety of coffees for the cast and crew to choose from. The disadvantages are that you have to constantly fill the water reservoir and the machine itself is not durable. On the other hand, the advantages of a traditional brewer is that it’s good for 40 – 60 cups before you have to fill it and it’s more durable for craft service use. The disadvantage is that everyone drinks the same type of coffee, no independent flavor choice. As of this writing my preference is the traditional brewer.
A toaster oven serves two purposes… Making toast and cooking appetizers like mini bagel pizza, chicken nuggets, and mini tacos for the cast and crew.
Use serving bowls snacks like potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn. You can also fill with ice and put yogurt and string cheese in them.
A compartmentalized utensil caddy can be used for more than utensils. They’re a great way to store and display granola, protein, and breakfast bars too!
A lot of supplies and equipment gets moved around a production set. Label your kit items so they don’t get confused with someone else’s. Also, great when you provide drop-off service.
Craft Service Kit Add-Ons
Coffee Station Organizer
If you want to really make things easier for cast and crew as well as keeping the craft service table tidy check out the Mind Reader ‘Pioneer’ Breakroom Organizer 11 Compartment Condiment Holder.
Give your cast and crew an energy boost with a fruit and vegetable smoothie. A dedicated smoothie blender makes it easy to do.
There’s nothing like a hot cup of soup or chili on a blustery winter day. Check out the Excellanté 10.5 Quart Stainless Steel Soup Warmer. It has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from users.
A snack dispenser keeps mucky work hands from digging into a bowl of loose snacks and possibly spreading contamination.
Pop Up Canopy Mesh(screen) Walls
Whether you own or rent a pop up canopy, having a set of mesh walls is invaluable. The screen walls will not only keep insects away from snacks but also deters passersby who might be tempted to help themselves!
Food and Equipment Storage
Storage bins are great for food, equipment, and supplies. Be sure to choose one that is durable enough to last through frequent use.
Protecting you snack food from unwanted insects like flies is of utmost importance. There’s no better way than the use of food tents. Please check out the mother of all food tents, the Picnic Pal.
Insulated Food Carriers
Protect fresh fruit and bread baskets while in transit with shrink wrap. Can be used with a hand-held hair dryer.