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Behind the Scenes Helps Found a New Hospitality Organization

Giving So Cal Hospitality Industry Stronger National Representation


San Diego, California – During the pandemic, food service and catering purveyors found themselves needing more representation in Washington D.C. to get through the tumultuous pandemic years.


To make sure that doesn’t happen again, and ensure a strong local and national hospitality industry, San Diego-based Behind the Scenes Catering and Events, along with 15 other diversified caterers, event production and hospitality companies from across the nation, have formed Elite Catering + Event Professionals (ECEP).

“Our industry is in dire need of advocacy, leadership, and collaboration,” says John Crisafulli, President and CEO of Behind the Scenes. ECEP, with the help of founders like Crisafulli, is poised to do just this locally and nationally.


The first action ECEP took was to join the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), a group with a powerful voice in Washington. The association worked with Congress to get the catering/food service industry declared as “essential services” and is currently advocating with the Internal Revenue Service for companies who have yet to receive their Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC).




Elite Catering + Event Professionals (ECEP) was founded in 2021 by industry experts and leaders from the world's top catering and hospitality organizations, united by a common goal of propelling the global catering and events industry forward through innovation and bold new ideas.






Behind the Scenes (BTS) Catering and Events is a multi-faceted, full-service commercial catering company. In addition to creating culinary adventures for weddings, corporate events and more, Behind the Scenes Catering & Events has served sports, music, film, and television production companies for more than 30 years. In addition, the company caters to local San Diego corporations and nonprofit groups, such as Las Patronas. The company provides hospitality services for touring concert musicians, on-location film and media broadcasts, and production of on-air talent and crew from our mobile kitchens or temporary food service facilities. Behind the Scenes is also a full-service culinary provider for large-scale, multi-day events such as the Olympic Games, Miramar Air Show, PGA Tour, the Rose Bowl Game, and Farmers Insurance Open Golf Tournament.


For more information on ECEP please visit here.


For interviews with John Crisafulli, President and CEO of Behind the Scenes Inc, please contact Liese Gardner at

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