I have a party to cater to for 100 people. It is the kickstart of my business. I have been postponing starting it for 2 years, and this person who knew my work already, asked me to cater for her birthday party.
I have 9 items on the menu. Everything is gluten Free and finger food.
The menu as requested by the client consists of: mushroom Tartlets, smoked salmon/cream cheese barquettes, dried tomato mousse bruschetta, open face cucumber sandwiches, feta pesto and tomato in puff pastry shell, brazilian style corn bread, meringue cookies, fruit salad, lemon tarts.
My cost is running at 2.84 per serving (food+ my hours +overhead). The software I use, suggests a price cost of 6.84 . Which I thought I too low (I don't consider my labor profit), so I raised the price to 9.00. I am still debating hiring someone to help me. It might be too ambitious, but I think I can do it all by my self. (the day of the party I have 4:30 hours to assemble and arrange the food).
So, the total price is running at $995.90 (tax and $20.00 for using my platters, trays, etc - is that a good price, or should I charge more/less?)
If I should hire some help, how much should I pay the other cook? For my hours I am charging 20.00 (is it too much/ too little?).
I need to give them a quote this week (the party is at the end of july), and I would deeply appreciate all the insight I can get from ya'll.