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post #31 of 49
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October 23 and 24 & 25 - I think! I have a good recipe for GF bread and do GF sandwiches in the cafe - also do GF English muffins and burgers. GF fish & chips are an absolute runaway - some people tell me they haven't eaten fish & chips for 15 years!! - would like to open my own restaurant but the banks in this country suck!!!!
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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post #32 of 49
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Sorry for not replying earlier!! - say hi to LA for me - somewhere else on this forum you posted in-and-out burger - man I miss that! and also Tito's Tacos on Washington (as far as I can remember) and Dhabba in Santa Monica and Cuban food - can't get it here:cry:- I would love to come back to LA!! - Anyhoo - I am not sure what is happening in London at the moment - I haven't been there for a while but Mexican food sort of comes and goes over here - baja style fish tacos? - can you elaborate? I will see about making tostadas - does sound like a better idea than tacos - but again would need 'assembly' maybe empanadas and quesadillas
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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post #33 of 49
from liana in "what can go wrong thread...."
My contracts always are very clear

1) A 50% deposit is required at the acceptance of this event plan. The remaining balance is due one week prior to the event. This protects me from the jerks who request upgrades late in the game and then refuse to pay for them.
Any balances due either party will be settled within seven days after the event. Deposit is non-refundable.

2) Rental equipment: Any breakage or loss by guests will be billed at replacement cost.

3) Any balance due or credit owed to the client after the event must be paid within 5 business days

4) Guest count: We require a guaranteed minimum guest count five working days prior to your event. After this date we cannot accept a decrease. However, we will do our best to accommodate an increase if notified within 48 hours of the event.

5) The length of the event is ( ) hours. An event lasting longer will incur an hourly charge of ($ )

May sound tough, but my clients accept and respect this, as they know it all from the beginning.

Good luck to all of you, especially the beginners.
cooking with all your senses.....
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post #34 of 49
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Thanks for that Shroom - I already have those in place - I have been catering for a while now - but never done an after theater so wasn't sure whether to charge per head or per event. It is only a small community event and they are charging £7.00 per head - to include the buffet!! - I'm not sure that they will make money as I am looking at atleast £3.00 per head for anything decent!
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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post #35 of 49

After Theater

This looks very similar t what i have... only missing the length of event. I have put in in to individual contracts at times when it was applicable. Because I do so many events in the same venue, the are time limited by nature. The one other thing I include is the "No food taken as leftovers" (worded better than that) as a result of the culture in the venue.

It is helpful to see what others have.
pgr
post #36 of 49

After Theater

Ben,
3 pounds/person?? Are catering prices much less there than here? That is only $6/person US. I can't imagine the evening ideas you are discussing for that! Maybe the tea sandwiches and petit fors if nothing else... And I am told our area of the US has very low catering prices. Curious what others think?

Not criticizing Ben, just curious.
pgr
post #37 of 49
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Sorry to sound like Paul Reiser but - this is what I am saying!
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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post #38 of 49

After Theater

Sorry Ben, Didn't uderstand... you are saying what?
pgr
post #39 of 49
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saying that if out of the £7.00 per ticket - they are also planning to pay for catering - it is not going to be enough!! unless they have set ASIDE money for food and the £7.00 is purely for the performance
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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post #40 of 49
Oh, OK... now I feel better :)
pgr
post #41 of 49
or maybe cookies and punch are enough. It's worth asking what they are budgeting per person for food. I get straight answers when I ask.

Remember there are beverage costs, staff wages (mine are paid well for 4 hour minimum) , decorating..... with theatres we many times hit their prop room, napkin/plates/cups.....linens, table rentals, ice....etc.....

Last year's theatre event was $22pp for fingerfood.....they provided wine/glasses/rentals. I provided decoration, 3 staff, sodas/sparkling waters....menu is in halloween hodos I believe.

if $6 is their budget maybe petit fours and tea are about all they get.
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post #42 of 49

this is steering off the subject a wee bit but

somebody mentioned using shrooms in a vege basket , i had never heard of them before so googled it and it told me they were psychodelic mushrooms , so why would you used magic mushrooms ????
when life hands you lemons, make lemon gelee, lemon meringue pie, or any other dessert your heart desires

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when life hands you lemons, make lemon gelee, lemon meringue pie, or any other dessert your heart desires

www.theunknownchef.com
www.theunknownchef.co.nz
www.shoebridge.co.nz
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post #43 of 49
Tessa, we put sauteed shiitakes on our vegetable platters.
Shroom is a nickname for mushroom, not all shrooms are psycho....some are edible. I chose the name shroomgirl years ago because mushroom girl did not sound as good.
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post #44 of 49

thanks for that Shroom

that makes sense
it just sounded kinda strange after i had googled it :lol::lol:
when life hands you lemons, make lemon gelee, lemon meringue pie, or any other dessert your heart desires

www.theunknownchef.com
www.theunknownchef.co.nz
www.shoebridge.co.nz
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when life hands you lemons, make lemon gelee, lemon meringue pie, or any other dessert your heart desires

www.theunknownchef.com
www.theunknownchef.co.nz
www.shoebridge.co.nz
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post #45 of 49
googling shroom.....hmmmm....

4 events, 70-100 guests.....low budget, but 4 events.....if you can be sorta vague on the menus and pull what you have inhouse that makes it more profitable.....or just using the same products throughout the 4 events.

so say 4x$6 x 70-100......$1700-$2400....same beverages, plastic cups/paper napkins...plates will only be loaded up. short amount of time....
staffing...man alive my staff would just eat up that money in 4 events....
food, decor, serviceware, beverages....then staff to man it all.....3 at the least per event. that would be in the $1000-1200 ballpark just in staff.

That would be an interesting exercise, we used to play like that on cheftalk
all the time.
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post #46 of 49
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Well after all the debate & discussion - these people are going to 'do our own' catering!! - thanks for all your ideas which have been neatly filed away for use at a later date!! - This has been one GIANT learning curve!
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
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post #47 of 49
consider it a blessing.....
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post #48 of 49

After Theater

I'm with Shroom... I just keep wondering if the learning curves ever end or if the road curves for ever and that is what keeps it all interesting. Sometimes I could do with a little less interest!
pgr
post #49 of 49
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Yup! - now that I have done some digging - I found out from local businesses that they are not very good at paying either! (although I always ask for a 50% deposit - no matter how small the job - I have been stung too many times) well as I said before - not only have I learnt a thing or two from this experience but I have learnt a LOT from this forum!:D:D - thanks you once again for all your input!

Lizz
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