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need help in figuring out what to charge for a sweet sixteen party. they want dinner rolls, greens beans, baked ziti, chicken pasta, rice & peas, roast port, meatballs and chicken wings, it for a total of 60 people. first time doing this. I'm just a culinary student trying to help out a friend. what would I charge for labor and food total

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Having done very little catering and never being in business for myself, I'm no expert, so hopefully someone more experienced will chime in to help you here, but meanwhile, I believe the rule of thumb is that you charge 3x the food cost. Being a student, maybe you should turn to your teachers for help? That's what they are there for, to help you out with stuff like that: how to figure out the amounts needed, the cost, the time it's going to take, what to charge etc... I would also assume that you won't charge the same amount in Beverly Hills than you would in a small village in Arkansas. 

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3 to 4 times your food cost. plus delivery charge plus 20% gratuities.

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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