Plates or no plates like that really matters much. Bring plates and napkins for backup if you are inclined but the client
in my opinion is right in having the option to use their own.
Exactly. And those backups are figured into the overall cost. I've never had a problem with a client providing their own....
ANYthing really. Just don't expect me to leave mine at home, and dont expect a big cost break because of it. The basic service
provides certain things--that's just one of them.
Why take your own dishes to a different venue that is fully stocked and wants you using their stuff? Im just not fully understanding the
hardlined "we provide everything" approach. Your invited to cater the white house; your going to insist they use your utensils? Ha.
No. I wasn't talking about china and silver and bone tea cups, Chefboy. I meant disposables. Real china and utinsels and linens
would fall under extras, specifically rentals, either from me, or through me as a middle man. If the client says "I want to use my
Grandma Margie's really nice china and silver, and our linen napkins with solid gold napkin rings", well that's perfectly fine.
So long as they sign a wavier absolving me of responsibility for loss or damage during the event, we're golden. And I'll still
have my nicer, disposable backups with me just in case. Same with the Sponge Bob plates and napkins. You use yours, I'll
have mine handy. If that doesn' "seem right, cuz they're included somewhere in the cost, there are other ways we can discount you.
The mentality here is "self-containment"-- once you're at the event site, you can rarely "go back" for something you forgot or now
need--even if the event is fairly local. You're usually just too busy, or can't spare the manpower.
Seems like the client in this situemation Nycai26, isnt getting the answer to their question. How much are yall charging?"
Well not all necessary info was given, but being as OP is in my own area, (presumably LA, Orange or San Diego counties) I'll have a
lash...thumbnail of course....since I'm curious now.
First it's a lot of food, so food cost will be inordinately high. The good news is there's nothing very expensive. I see essentially
1 app, 6 main dishes, 5 side dishes, salad & bread. (I consider the chicken/broccoli alfredo a main dish) My standard for a served
buffet is no apps, 2 meat-mains, 2 sides (usually a starch and a veg) , salad and bread, drinks, coffee if requested and 2 desserts, (1
choc, 1 other). Disposable service ware. One hour and a half of serving. So extra charges for apps, extra sides, extra mains,
extended service time, real china/silverware, and real linens. (as opposed to vinyl)
In my experience when going through such a menu with a client, they realize they really don't need all that food, because a plate
will only hold so much--as will stomachs. So what you're really providing is a smorgasbord of choices, with a lot of food left over.
Which the client is paying for, so logic usually wins and the menu is reduced.
But...assuming that's not the case here, the two highest cost mains would be the ribs and chicken, so those would be included.
Sides would be a choice of any two of those, I don't care. And for that menu for 200 GHCount, I'd throw in the wings complimentary.
So, rough estimate on standard service plus the extra sides and entree's comes out to $22.40 per person, or about $4,480.00 total.