I've gotten some great information and advice from this forum since I found it, so I am hoping some of you can chime in on my new plan. I am unfortunately hampered by where I live at the moment, and have had to put my eventual plans of opening a rest in FL on the back burner for now. Basically, I cannot sell my house without losing over $200k in the present market. My first inclination was to open a catering company so I could get feedback on my menu items. Unfortunately i live in NJ.... With all the health department requirements, and the stricter zoning laws in my county it is price prohibitive. Some rules have changed, some long time catering co's have suspended operations because of it. So that idea is done...
sorry for being wordy, but I know the more info, the better the advice.
type of food- Open Fire Cooking....
not exactly BBQ, though I offer 7 different types of BBQ, I also cook over fire pits with a kettle, full fish fry's, pig roasts, crab boils, low country boil, soups.... as well as a full compliment of family recipes for Hungarian classics.
so I am marketing myself as a PERSONAL CATERER / PLANNER
I am planning to offer my services to the clients at a starting flat rate cost of
$200.00 for small dinners for 2-10 people
$400.00 for parties of 10-25 people + 1 staff member
$500.00 for parties of 26-50 people + 2 staff members
negotiate for larger parties.
additional staff at $200.00 per staff
additionally the client will be responsible for all food costs, and equipment rentals if any.
we will do all prep and cooking at the clients house or location of the event, this meets with health dept requirements.
I will plan all menus with the clients, and advise them on the party itself... direct them in the planning. Depending upon the menu, I can either solo or require the staff I will need, and charge accordingly. I will also be able to add misc charges for sauces and dry rubs and spices that I will make ahead of time or supply so there will be no loss there.
I think that includes everything...
what do you all think? thanks in advance for your opinions