What to charge for a catered event?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by parman, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. I've my first request for a 20 person BBQ event. This may be bbq or a steak and sea food dinner. I won't know till tomorrow. Is there a schedule for cost?  Food cost, labor and profit? I've given away so much food that I've drawn attention to my quality. For those who have gone this route plz text in. My email is [email protected]. I'm still at a newbie status and I can't wait for this to be reviewed.

    Thank you,

    Rich Carlson
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  3. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Is catering going to be a regular thing for you or just a one off?

    I would start and look at what some of the others in the area are charging. Use the forms that Jimmy gave you. If you go to the search link that fpnmf gave you. I think it was the 4th or 5th thread Chef Rob gave a good formula to use for the pricing. It was one of the first posts for the thread. Adjust your price to match what is going on in the area. You do not want to be lower than they are if this is not your everyday thing.

    I do not do side Catering at home much. I get depressed when I look at how many hours I spent doing things and figure my hourly rate. People want to beat you up for the price and expect you to do it for almost nothing. Things in a regularly used location will end up being cheaper due to natural efficiencies and cost saving due to bulk purchases and usages. At home the cost of things will sneak up on you, stuff like rubs, marinades, sauces, wrap, fuel, containers and the list goes on. Make a very detailed list of what is needed to make each item, then with the spread sheets you can get a better idea of your cost. Then you figure how much is your time worth and price from that.

    I know this does not give you a black and white answer. Fell free to PM me if you have any questions you don't want to ask in the thread.

    Good luck,


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