# Catering pricing guide

## What is the average cost per person for catering?

A really broad range might be from \$20 to \$100 per person, however we find many clients end up spending between \$35 to \$80 per person (not including alcohol).

## How do you price a catering job?

Determine Fixed Costs

Add up the fixed costs and then multiply the per person charge by the number of people. Add these two numbers together to get your final cost for the job and then add in your profit.

## What is the cheapest food to cater?

1. The cheapest food to cater is any rice or noodle-based cultural cuisine. Mexican, Indian, and Thai dishes are delicious and affordable. Or, if you’re hosting an event during the day, serve brunch and breakfast items.

## How much does it cost to cater for 100?

It depends on the cost per plate, but most receptions for 100 people cost around \$5,000 to \$10,000, with average cost being around \$7,000. The average cost to cater a reception can vary, as the type of catering offered and the cuisine can both affect the cost per plate.

## How do I calculate how much catering I need?

A good estimate is to use 1.5 pounds as the amount of food to be served to one person. Subdivide this by the number of servings, taking into consideration the main dishes and side dishes.

## Why is catering so expensive?

Wedding catering is expensive as the food is prepared in bulk and requires more cooks for that, and they can take only one project a day. Also, they require more staff for serving purpose as compared to dine in at any restaurant.

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## How do you figure out how much to sell your food for?

Your selling price should include all costs plus the profit you would like to earn.

Food Costing in Practice

1. A restaurant has a target food cost percentage of 33%.
2. Their newest recipe was calculated to have a food cost of \$25 per portion.
3. Applying the 33% rule, the target selling price = \$25 divided by 0.33 = \$75.75.

## How do you plan a catering menu?

1. Know Your Guest Profile. …
2. Know Your Guest Preferences. …
4. Anticipate Special Needs. …
5. Incorporate Seasonal and Fresh Items. …
6. Consider Ethnic or Regional Menus. …
7. Select a Menu that Fits the Event Schedule. …
8. Allow for a Comfortable Room Setup.

## Why catering is a good business?

Working as a caterer certainly has it’s perks. You have a lot more creative freedom, flexibility and the ability to truly help customers and clients with their needs. If you love cooking, organising, helping with events and love talking to customers, a role in the catering industry may be a great move for you.

## How do you cater a party cheaply?

Here are some party finger food ideas on a budget.

1. Pasta Bar. A great budget friendly and filling party meal that can be made in bulk. …
2. Baked Potato Bar. Setting up a baked potato bar is an inexpensive way to feed a large group at a party. …
3. Sliders. …
6. Cheese platter. …
7. Veggies and dip. …
8. Caramel uni-corn.

## What is a good meal to feed a large crowd?

37 Big-Batch Dishes to Feed a Crowd

• White Pesto Spinach Lasagna (10 Servings) …
• Slow-Cooker Crispy Carnitas (10 Servings) …
• Baked Sausage and Cheese Rigatoni (8 Servings) …
• Caramelized Shiitake Mushroom Risotto (8 Servings) …
• Korean Beef Tacos (12 Servings) …
• Healthy Instant-Pot Turkey Chili (8 Servings) …
• Chicken and Dumplings (6 Servings)
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## What is the cheapest meal to feed a crowd?

26 Favorite Dirt-Cheap Meals

1. Sticky rice, vegetables, and soy sauce. …
2. Black beans and rice. …
3. Egg and black bean burritos. …
4. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. …
5. Spaghetti with homemade marinara. …
6. Ham, white beans, and cornbread. …
7. Homemade stovetop mac n’ cheese. …
8. Oatmeal and banana.

## How do you price out a buffet?

The total cost for your buffet is the sum of all of these items minus any item that can be SAFELY repurposed. For example, the cost of a carved melon centerpiece that can be used for two days can be divided among each meal. Divide the total cost of your buffet by the number of covers (paying guests).

## How many trays of food do I need for 60 people?

With salad and sides, a full catering tray feeds about 40, a half tray about 20. Each person will take 2-3 portions of sides, so max 180-200 portions of all in total.