Remember when Elvis was popping up everywhere? He owned a driving school in Nottingham and did his shopping in Cambridge. He drove a bus in York and worked in a chip-shop in Bristol. Elvis Presley was being sighted on a regular basis across the country and his every movement was reported in the national press. He was even appearing on slices of toast, apples cut in half and as stains on tea-towels.
He was however most often found in various branches of Sainsburys around the country. Curiously he was rarely spotted in Aldi or Lidl (though it has to be said, there does seem to be a disproportionately high number of shoppers in Aldi wearing Elvis t-shirts).
One place we’ve never heard of him though is at a wedding. We’ve seen various celebrities at weddings (our mobile crêperie has even been hired by some big-name celebrities in recent times) but Elvis isn’t one of them.
We do know there are Elvis impersonators out there who attend weddings and we would really love to see him at one, but somehow, as yet, our paths have never crossed.
Elvis was the undisputed master at performing those famous love songs, so we are surprised he doesn’t appear at weddings more often. The choice of music would definitely lend itself to a romantic occasion and he was known as a great performer, so he would seem to be an obvious choice. He also went through a phase of giving away Cadillacs to random members of the audience – another plus point to having him at your wedding, perhaps?
The thing is though – which Elvis would you want at your wedding? The most common Elvis impersonators seem fiaxted on his “Fat Elvis” period – with his white, sparkly, over-stretched jumpsuits with big collars. Yet surely the best vintage was when he was a young, lean, hip-wiggling, black and white icon? I suppose the reason is that there aren’t as many guys out there who could pull off “Thin Elvis” as there are “Fat Elvis”.
If we encountered a Fat Elvis at your wedding, it would perhaps present us with a couple of issues. We usually have an “all-you-can-eat” policy when it comes to serving crêpes at a wedding. You can have anything off the menu, in any quantity. But this particular guest may force us to reconsider that policy. Unfortunately we don’t offer his favourite flavour – fried banana and peanut butter, though he could go for banana and Nutella instead.
But would one crepe be enough for a portly, multi-millionaire global superstar and icon?
Using my skill, judgement and experience (I’ve been a professional crepe chef for over ten years) my best guess is that he would go “off-menu” for his second choice. I think he’d go for some kind of extreme chocolate option, combining Galaxy Ripple, Milky Bar and Cadbury Flake. I think he’s ask for dash of Rum and a sprinkle of coconut as well. With a side-order of banana.
And I think he’d like it so much, he’d have us load our mobile crêperie on a private jet and fly us to Tennessee every week, just to serve him an “Elvis special”.
Of course, that’s just my opinion – and I’m entitled to it. So why not make up your own mind (you are entitled to an opinion as well) and take a look at our menu and let me know what pancake you would order if you were Elvis at a wedding.