Thanks for replying, and with so many good questions!!
I'm still small-time, newly out on my own. My former partner had to back out due to a new baby and day-job issues. My parties have been an average of 50 ppl @ $8.99 pp give or take. I haven't done any advertising because I want to make sure I have a kitchen to work in. I have only 2 graduation parties booked so far, but have a number of customers who like to order dinners and desserts from me.
The church doesn't offer waitstaff, that is up to me. There is a custodian available on a $50 per hr basis.
Does the 10% she requested sound fair to you? Her words..."if you do a $500.00 party, then the church would get the first $50.00 for use of the kitchen, plus 10% of the party total, so another $50.00 for a total of $100.00"
I would have the use of the equipment, chafing dishes, coffee makers...etc. There is a small industrial reach-in fridge and freezer, no walk-ins. Range with 2 ovens, 6 burners and griddle. The kitchen was last inspected 4/03/08 and they have no critical violations.
It is a good location, not too far from home and fairly central to parties I would take on. Oh I forgot to mention that the kitchen is attached to a Hall that would be available to rent also for $250.00 ($100.00 refundable security dep. if left clean) for 4 hrs. and that includes the kitchen. This gives me an added bonus and hopefully more customers through church members?
The church uses the kitchen every Sunday for a Soup Kitchen and sporadically throughout the year. The company currently using it for catering will be out the end of May.
Good question about maintenance, hadn't thought of that....
One of the many things I need to specify...would it be $50 each day of prep AND $50 party day, PLUS 10% of party total?
Thank you so much, you've given me alot of things to think about.:crazy: