Looking back at my last 25
years of operating Creative Gourmet, I have had many
priceless experiences. I have held some fabulous events,
cooked for, and met some very interesting people. And I
would like to share some of these times with you.
Through the years Creative
Gourmet has been the chosen Caterer to prepare meals for
the cast and crew for almost all of the motion pictures
and music videos filmed here in Detroit; some of which
include: “Hoffa,” “True Romance,” “ Renaissance man,”
“Out of site,” “ Hard Ball,” and “61.”
During the filming of
Hoffa, I personally cooked for Mr. Jack Nicholson and
Mr. Danny Devito. They loved my food. I was more than
pleased when they responded by saying the following- Mr.
Nicholson said: “John time waits for no man,” Mr. Devito
said; “John, thanks for the great grub.” Some time
following that, I was asked to cook for Mr. Nicholson at
his home during the filming of “The Crossing Guard,”
directed by Sean Penn, in Hollywood California. They
asked me to be an extra. I was in a scene with Jack at
Niki Blair’s restaurant on Sunset Boulevard.
When Pavarotti and The
Three Tenors performed the last major concert event at
the Old Tiger Stadium on Trumble Ave. in Detroit, I was
there alone with them on stage between sets. Chills ran
up and down my spine as they didn’t speak, but
communicated by singing aqua Pella back and forth to
each other while popping Sicilian Rice Balls, Imported
Prosciutto, Reggianno Parmesan Cheese and Roasted Red
Pepper Bruchettas in their mouths. I then witnessed,
first hand on stage, how they made the walls tremble on
Trumble after eating my food. What an exciting evening!
During the filming of “61,”
here in Detroit, after cooking for Mr. Billy Crystal, I
dared to ask him for a part in his movie-just for fun.
He replied, “You’re too “cosmopolitan” for the part. I
then responded by saying, “Okay, but I can be really
cocky!” He then said,” Okay, you have to be really
cocky.” He then let me, a couple of my friends and
my Dad, (who made him some meatballs) audition in front
of the camera! Needless to say… I didn’t get the part,
but he loved my dad and his meatballs!!
Recently, we were chosen to
cook for a “star- studded” commercial, where we
proceeded to prepare meals day and night out of a
kitchen that we temporarily fabricated at a closed down
car dealership! I personally orchestrated the meals for
the stars and their entourage. Among them was none other
than Mr. Danny Devito! This would be my third event I
had the pleasure of cooking for him. The second event
was the filming of “The Renaissance Man.” It was
directed by Ms. Penny Marshall, here in Detroit. We were
also chosen to cook for the cast and crew as well. He
had his wife, Rea Pearlman with him, and he introduced
me as: “The best chef in Detroit.” The rest of the cast
included: Ms. Rebecca Romijn Stamos , who asked me for a
recipe of our “Blue Cheese Salad,” (I couldn’t say no…!)
Mr. James Beluci , who couldn’t get enough of our
“Robust Guacamole Salad.” He said, “It was the best
guacamole he had ever eaten!,” LL Cool Jay and Mr.
Bernie Mac, who had us prepare some extra gourmet
sandwiches, and Mr. Devito and his wife, Rea, loved our
home made canolis. They also had us pack his jet full of
food for the ride home to Hollywood!