I am catering a banquet for approx 100 people. I have prepared a few menu's to select from and I wanted to know if all of these menu's could work for $16.00-$18.00 a head. Can I still make a profit from the menu with Fish/Pasta and Steak, and what kind of profit should I expect? OR Should I stick with Chicken because the price per head is pretty low.
Thanks in advance.... :-)
You are not in the right place for this question.
As I have explained many times before, this is a site primarily for home and volunteer cooks (ie unpaid). I posted all my tables, I ask folks to make an estimate and post it, and then I review and advise.
I can't take responsibility for advising on paid gigs; too much liability. For this, I suggest
Go online, look at local prices for these menus with other caterers.
Prices depend very much on whether it is drop off, or you are setting up, serving, and cleaning up.
You need at least 3 cooks and 6 servers for buffet service this size meal, that is $1000 just for the help.
In most states, it is ILLEGAL to prepare food at home for sale. You have to do it in a licensed and inspected kitchen, or in the home of the employer.
There are also big time liability issues. You need insurance for paid gigs.