I have become the executive chef at a private club. I have been there since September of last year. For the past few months now I have been hounded over my food cost and I don't know what to tell the officers that are asking anything else besides the facts. First off, I don't know what my food cost is to begin with, if I had to guess its between 55% and 60%, which I know is OUTRAGEOUS and unacceptable.. (I do inventory every month and I keep track of what I'm ordering but don't know food sales and how they are calculating that) We have people downstairs that handle all the money and don't like to share that information with me.
We are open for dinner three nights a week with a full menu (very low prices and not by choice) I say this because in order for me to raise prices I have to go before a board that vote on that. With all my numbers and research stating we NEED to raise prices because we are losing money they will not agree to it. So, I have to think of something else to bring down my foodcost. Back to the schedule, dinner three nights a week. Every Tuesday night, we have a one item meal (protein,starch,veggie,bread, and salad bar) for $6.00. The first and third wednesday of the month they have stag and ladies night. Stag night: a 10oz ribeye, french fries, salad bar and roll for $10.00. Ladies night: a 8oz filet, baked potato with butter and sour cream, salad bar, and roll for $10.00. The other two wednesdays they are meeting nights where members can come and eat a one item dish for $3.00 (protein,veggie,bread,and salad bar). Every Thursday we have happy hour were they get whatever we are serving for free with a purchase of a cocktail from the bar. Usually I serve baked potato or nachos. Something small.
Wednesdays and Thursdays, I fill out what I used on those nights and that goes to "clearing" meaning at the end of the month I get
that money put back into the kitchen. I'm completely out of ideas on how to lower my food cost with the position I'm in. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly welcomed! Thank you!!!