Dear Outfest: When the after-party is held in a parking lot, food trucks would not only be an inspired catering move, they also would be practical.

Instead, attendees of the fest’s Thursday opening night gala, including former Disney topper Rich Ross and MGM exec John Glickman, were left to fight for mini bites from food sponsors like Kitchen 24 outside the Orpheum Theater-hosted event in downtown L.A. Luckily, the adult beverages from sponsors Absolut and Stella Artois lasted into the wee hours.

Sandwiched in between a cocktail hour and after-party, helmer Kimberly Peirce was feted by the festival. Before receiving the award, event organizers screened a selection of her work, which included an overly long orgasm scene from “Boys Don’t Cry.”

“Wow, I didn’t realize how long that orgasm was,” Peirce joked.

Afterward, Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s coming-of-age dramedy “C.O.G.” kicked off the festival as the opening night film. The director was joined on stage by the film’s cast, including “Glee’s” Jonathan Groff and Corey Stoll.