How do I charge for my time when prepairing, cooking, presentation, and clean up for a holiday party

Joined Dec 11, 2015
I volunteered to cook, for a Guild I belong to, for our Christmas party.  I was asked to prepare a menu for 23 people.  I have priced out all items and presented this to the chair person.  It will run about $11.20 a person figuring 23 people.  I have received the check to purchase to food but was ask to include a bill for my time and labor.  How do I figure this out?   I am making 2 meat dishes, 1 vegetable dish, 1 rice dish, 3 salads, 3 different types of homemade breads/rolls, 2 pies, cookies, 1 dip, 1 cheese ball, cake, whipping cream,  Seasoned nuts, chocolates, croutons, vegi plate. I think this is about it.  Can you help?  Did I mention it is all from scratch the crackers and chocolates are the only pre-made items. Thanks Mary
Joined May 5, 2010
Hello and welcome to Cheftalk.

There is a search engine at the top of the page and in it, you can type in your questions. We have discussed this topic many times.

You time and labor are what makes you successful. Not under selling yourself is the way to go, however; if you have no experience under your belt, people will look at you and think they can get more for less.

Again, check the forum threads and you'll learn a lot.

Good luck
Joined Feb 8, 2009
Why not start it off " I'll do it for free but it's going to cost yah". Unless the meaning of Volunteer has changed they may expect you to do it for free...........If it's not volunteer  for that menu I would charge about $150 that would make it about $18 per person...........
Joined Jan 31, 2012 that 11.20 per person just for food? if thats for everything, thats
way too low. my minimum is about 450.00 regardless of the number of people.
In this case thats about 19.50 per person. But even that would be too low for me as this menu is
a good deal of work. Without more details, I'd guestimate at about 23 to 25.00 per person, including food.

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