Shiftingcargo8

Discussion in 'Professional Catering' started by shiftingcargo8, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. shiftingcargo8

    shiftingcargo8

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    Good Morning - I have been asked to cater an anniversary dinner for two.location is about 30 miles from my home.  I will cook at the location.  

    They want:

    * Appetizer

    * Light Salad

    * Beef dish - such as Boneless Short Ribs Braised in wine & Tomatoes or Beef Stroganoff

    * Vegetable

    * Dessert - chocolate something - cake or muffins w/ganache filling and frosting

    * fresh Baguette - herb butter

    The drive will take me 1 hour round trip. Shopping time - 30 minutes. Prep and cook time 3 hours. Cleanup 30 minutes.

    Not sure exactly what food cost will be.  I am buying at supermarket prices.

    How much can / should I charge for this?
     
  2. lagom

    lagom

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    Figuring all things go as planned and everything times to your thoughts, have 4 hours plus 1 hours travel. Figure yourself an hourly rate, the cost of food plus your mark up on it( if any )

    Really you need to think that even though you only plan to spend 5 hours total, the work day is probly shot. Unless this is a favor for friends its going to be hard to get fairly compensated unless the couple truly understand the time and skill they are wanting to hire.
     
  3. shiftingcargo8

    shiftingcargo8

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    Thanks Lagom- that helps.  I have always had a hard time pricing my services so that I am well compensated.  I always think that the customer will think my price is ridiculous - if I price it correctly. Pricing my food cost won't be that difficult. As a personal chef I get paid $45/hr. Catering this dinner for two at that rate + food and drive time would be about $250.  That sounds a lot even to me for a dinner for two.