Question on number of apps per person for a cocktail party.

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  1. chefatrh

    chefatrh

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    How many apps would you estimate per person for a cocktail party?  Example of the items offered are going to be crab balls, brochette, scallop mouse in parmesan cups, Thai shrimp, basically one or 2 bite finger food.

    I am going to price each item and let the client order amounts, but I would like to be able to suggest a count of items per person and be able to not just pull it out of my you know what.

    Thanks all
     
  2. thetincook

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    Ratio of men to women? Ages?
     
  3. shroomgirl

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    is there dinner, how long is the event, are they coming from somewhere else, what time.....all go into the mix to sus out volume
     
  4. chefatrh

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    Cocktail party, no dinner.  Time is 4 or 5, not set yet.  Most/all will be local.  Event will be 2 hours.
     
  5. chefatrh

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     Guest list is not set.  Figure all adult, gender split 50-50, age 40's to 60's. 
     
  6. thetincook

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    Hmm, I'm thinking 8-10 per person per hour since it's edging up on dinner.
     
  7. shroomgirl

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    5-7pm you are feeding them dinner......heavy aps 

    passed or stationary? My personal preference has always been to have a mix.  Passed you regulate the food easier.

    If you are pricing in the $2-5 a piece per ap 8-10 per hour per person, 2 hours. is a very pricey cocktail party.
     
  8. chefedb

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    Mix expensive with inexpensive  I figure 4 per hour, if they know that dinner is next.  Men 2 1/2 - 3 drinks pp  woman  1 1/2 - 21/2 drinks pp wine included