Nick Grippo, who catered Oscar night galas, celebrity birthdays and movie wrap parties, and who had a film-entertainment background himself, died Friday May 9 of kidney failure in L.A. He was 64.
Chi-educated, he served in the Army special services unit in Germany at a radio station where he interviewed Elvis Presley on the King’s last day in the military. After the Army, Grippo attended UCLA, graduating from its film school. He acted in local plays and studied acting with Milton Katselas alongside Patrick Swayze and Cindy Williams.
But he also had a culinary background by working as a kid in his father’s Chicago sandwich shop. When he segued into catering, those thesps and others helped launch his food career.
He also taught cooking classes in Carrie Fisher’s home and offered a glimpse into the kitchens and dining rooms of such clients as Elizabeth Taylor with his book “Hollywood Dish! Recipes, Tips & Tales of a Hollywood Caterer.” Taylor even wrote the forward to his book.
He is survived by a son, brother, niece, three nephews and others.
A memorial service will be held 12:30 p.m. Saturday May 17 at the Old North Church at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills.