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Catering for 100 people
Kennie
02/08/11
Hi Ellen,

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.

1.
Broiled Salmon Filet
Couscous
Sauteed Spinach
Pasta Salad
Salad with assorted topping (Broccoli, Pears,Mushrooms, Artichoke, Onions, Walnuts, Crazins, Pears, Bacon,Croutons)

2.
Pepper /Onion Steak
Yellow Rice
Black Beans
Sauteed Broccoli
Salad with assorted topping (Broccoli, Pears,Mushrooms, Artichoke, Onions, Walnuts, Crazins, Pears, Bacon,Croutons

3.
Baked Chicken
Oven Roasted Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables (Carrorts/Peas/Corn/Green beans)
Salad with assorted topping (Broccoli, Pears,Mushrooms, Artichoke, Onions, Walnuts, Crazins, Pears, Bacon,Croutons)
Dinner Rolls

4.
Baked Ziti /Lasagna /Pasta (Ground Beef /Turkey / Veggie)
Sauteed Garlic Green beans
Minestone Soup
Garlic Toast
Salad with assorted topping (Broccoli, Pears,Mushrooms, Artichoke, Onions, Walnuts, Crazins, Pears, Bacon,Croutons)

Thanks in advance.... :-)

Sincerely,
New-comer Caterer

ellen
02/10/11
Hi, Kennie,
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
chef2chef.com
cheftalk.com

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.