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I have read every thread to do with pricing, I want to see how I did.

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First let me preface this with:


You guys are awesome. The wealth of knowledge on these forums is great due to the huge differences in opinion. CT has been crucial in the R&D and other beginning phases of my ventures in the culinary field. </asskiss>


I spent a lot of time reading through all of the pricing posts and I want to see what other, more experienced professionals would have charged for the same service. I will try to be as detailed as possible, but if I forget some crucial information... please let me know! 

Also, due to the clients in these cases being friends and friends OF friends and my relative inexperience, I purposefully undersold myself a bit. So it would also be cool if you included a "bare minimum" for the best of friend clients. 


Event 1: Cook Along


Specifics: Wedding Shower with 24 women. Created a 4 course menu where groups of 6 women were in the kitchen with me making each course for the entire party. 


Costs already covered: Food (Client wanted to shop along with me picked up all the food, bill came to around $400 iirc), Alcohol, Dishwasher/Prep cook, Dessert, Hotel


Costs to us: Travel (2hrs to and from), 6 Hours Prep, 4 Hour event.



New World Guacamole - Basic guacamole with several add-ins grouped off for the guests to play around with such as lump crab, guanciale, mint, goat cheese, wasabi, etc. 


Arugula Endive Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette & Fried Chevre Croutons.


Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Guanciale, Sage, Brown Irish Butter, Pecorino. 

Open Face Filet Sandwich. Roasted Beef Filet Crusted in Whole Grain Mustard & Horseradish on Capered Creme Fraische Baguette, topped with Fresh Watercress & EVOO.



Event 2: Private Cooking Lesson


Specifics: Private Cooking Lesson for an admitted beginner in the kitchen, and a work associate. 4 hour class as well as a dinner left for the family not present.


Costs already covered: None.


Costs to us: Travel (2hrs to and from), Food: $110, Prep: 4 Hours, Event: 4 Hours.

Menu: Details I believe are unnecessary, but 6 tasting dishes prepared for the three of us (more of a tiny sampling for me), and a dinner for 6 left. 

Event 3: Baby Shower


Specifics: Baby Shower for 45 people held at a well known local restaurant. 90% of the food will be prepared off site as there only 2 hours to prep/cook on site. Served mostly in chafing dishes, buffet style. 


Costs already covered: Kitchen/equipment rental, 1 FOH server, 1 BOH assistant, Dessert


Costs to us:  Food: $220, Alcohol: $140 Prep: 6 Hours, Off site: ~ 8 Hours, On site - 3 hrs. Travel is very minimal.


Starters: Sangria, Fresh Watermelon Margaritas. Chips w/ Guacamole, Fresh Salsa

Smoked Pork with Ancho/Orange Mojo
Pepian de Pollo (Basically Guatemala's version of Mole)

Stewed & Curried Chickpeas with Lacinato Kale.

All served with Pickled Red Onion & Herb Relish, House Made Crema, and House Made Queso Fresco.


Side: Roasted Brussel Sprout Salad with Cilantro/Lime Vin, Chile Melange, and Queso Fresco. 

Event 4: Wedding


Specifics: A friend's brother's wedding with a very small budget (for weddings at least). 60 people with a theme of "heavy appetizer portions". Decided to go with a taste from different types of cuisine.


Costs already covered: Kitchen/equipment rental, Alcohol, FOH, Cake.


Costs to us:  Food: ~$400, 2 BOH, Total hours: ~10. Travel is very minimal.


Fresh Potato Chips w/ Bleu Cheese Fondue
Caesar Salad with Lardon, Fresh Crouton, Pecorino
Asparagus in Puff Pastry with Herbed Double Cream Feta and Proscuitto
Orecchiette w/ Sausage, Mushroom ragu
Chicken Mole Enchilada
Homemade Gyoza with Mushroom Ponzu


That's a lot of info, sorry if it's overkill, but details details details! :) If I left anything out somehow, chime in please.

Oh, and thanks again!

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my impression is that you are doing these for experience prior to starting a business....that you've not got a commercial kitchen, not sure about equipment or rentals.



2 hours travel or 4 hours travel? not clear 

I've taught classes in Indiana approx 3.5 hours away, a dozen women, they provide their homes, I provide the food (only) class with 6 various fishes/techniques/sauces, dessert.....spent the night at one of their homes.  $850 

I was on my way to KY to visit my sons, it worked out travel wasn't an issue for me.


Cooking class with printed food....I'd price pp....probably start at minimum $400-500, price pp....$30pp x 24


Private lessons (2-3 hours, unless yeast breads, even then 2-3 hours is about max) start $350, includes food but not leaving a meal for 6


babyshower....17 hours+   looks likemid $20's to  $30ish pp for food, bar is another story....


Wedding, each of your apps looks to be $4-9ish range pp.....


hope this helps....feels like a shot in the dark.

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