Out-of-Town Vendors Serving Film Crews

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CLEVELAND --The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is encouraging local food truck vendors to be trained to assist with the catering of future film projects in Northeast Ohio.

On Wednesday, Ivan Schwarz addressed concerns that food preparation crews and food trucks were brought to Cleveland from California to feed approximately 900 crew members working on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Draft Day, which are both shooting in Cleveland.

"It's not that people can't learn it, but right now we don't have very many people with that particular skill set," said Schwarz.

Fox 8 News discovered food trucks with California license plates parked at Edgewater Park, where a temporary dining area has been constructed for crews.

Last September, when shooting for Captain America was first announced, an executive from Marvel said in a media release, "the location, talent and people of Ohio are sure to benefit from our film."

So some question why food trucks have to be brought to the region when there are many local vendors available.

"I think that's terrible," said a downtown worker who was eating lunch from a food truck vendor at East 12th and Walnut.

Each Wednesday throughout the summer, vendors converge on a park for Walnut Wednesday, where diners can enjoy several trucks from the region.

"I like to be able to get out of my office on a nice day and see the sunshine in Cleveland for a change," said Kendrick Cloud, who was ordering lunch. "Check out these food trucks, they're really good!"

According to Schwarz, the trucks being used on the movie set may be from out of town but the food is all purchased in the area.

"Well, this is the thing, this industry - these jobs - are very specific and if you're having a foot problem, you don't go to a heart doctor," said Schwarz. "You go to people who do this for a living every single day and they understand the language and the culture of the industry."

Schwarz said they're anxious to work with local vendors who need to be trained, but it likely won't happen in time to help with the current productions.

"It's their loss; they're here in Cleveland; they should be taking an opportunity to see what we have to offer," said another diner downtown.

Shooting in Cleveland for Captain America and Draft Day is set to wrap by the end of the June.

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