GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - The Hangout Music Festival started rocking Gulf Shore Thursday, May 16, and if you are lucky enough to get the VIP treatment you get the rock star package.
It's not just close seats - we're talking about fine dining. FOX10 News caught up with the head chef Ephraim Kadish, who has been feeding the headliners and VIPs since the start of the festival and he has the stories to prove it.
In pop up tents and trailers, Ephraim and a catering staff of 175 cranks out breakfast, lunch and dinner for all of the special guests starting at 6 a.m.
"Between now and Sunday night, after show, which is my last meal after the last headliner - which is about 12 or 1 o'clock - I'll be right here," said Kadich.
World renowned Kadish has been planning all year and Thursday he was putting it all together. That includes bringing in food by the truckload.
He's not doing it alone. Chef Tony Nicholas from the Hungry Owl in Mobile and Food Network star Martie Duncan are also keeping the guests well fed.
"This is an awesome place for me. Listen, the biggest party in Alabama is going down and I'm going to be a part of it. When Saul and the others asked me to I was just tickled," said Duncan.
Chef Nicholas has big plans for his guests.
"These guys take it up another notch here at the VIP so we'll have fresh local food. We're going to be doing jambalaya. We're going to have a shrimp boil. We're doing some Cuban pork," said Nicholas.
They have some pretty big names coming in some with tall orders.
"The headliners send us huge packets, everything under the sun," said Kadish.
But Kadish has fond memories of all of the headliners.
"Two years ago, we were feeding the Foo Fighters, and they loved it so much they came back the next day. And stayed the whole day with us, and I was cooking for them all day," said Kadish.
For the next few days, it will be nonstop in the kitchen.
"You learn more and more every year, and you get a better at it every year," said Kadish.
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