Today’s premiere of “The Hunger Games” may have caused sleep deprivation for thousands of fanatics camping out for the midnight screening, but it wasn’t long ago that local restauranteur Erik Proveaux was likely losing his own fair share of sleep over the post-apocalyptic fiction trilogy.
Long before Proveaux purchased the old gas station at 1761 Madison Ave. for his eclectic Fuel Café concept, he catered for the cast and crews of various movie and television sets, including the extras for The Hunger Games in North Carolina last year.
“Definitely, since we’ve opened, the movie catering has really been like a shot in the arm,” Proveaux told The Daily News recently for its story on the advent of food trucks. “The Hunger Games was huge, that was through a friend of mine that I’ve known out of LA who has a catering company. That was like 1,000 people a day. Total, we probably did 20 shooting days. Things like that have really been great, I make good money on that, and then it also helps supplement (my restaurant).”
Other “on location catering” productions Fuel has been involved with include events for Tyler Perry, “The Great American Food Truck Race,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “America’s Most Wanted,” FEMA and the U. S. Coast Guard.