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Catering Gig need help please!!!

Mee Mee

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I was booked for an event for 150 people. It’s a split order 75ppl in the AM and 75 ppl in the PM. The menu is as follows:
Fried Chicken (mixed pieces)
Beef Ribs
Fried Cabbage
Baked Beans
Potato Salad
Rolls
Marble pound cake

2 meats 3 sides rolls and a dessert. Is 16.99pp a reasonable price or is that too high or low???
I am also trying to figure out how much chicken and ribs to serve. Is 1 pc of chicken and two ribs pp sufficient or two pcs of each? How many pound of chicken and ribs should I purchase??? I think I have the sides down. I will do 6 pans of each side on average a pan feeds 25-30 ppl I always like to make more but is this too much as far as sides?
 

fivetricks

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This is being served buffet style I assume? Not knowing your customers I'd figure 2 pieces of chicken per.
 

phatbac

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how much does it cost you per person? I would figure that out and times by 3 or 3.5 and charge that. also, 2 chicken and one beef sound more like people would want. there is a spreadsheet that does meat calculations running around here do a search...

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phatbac (Aaron)
 

gmc2003

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Like fivetricks said, is it buffet or plated? If buffet you may get people loading up on one or the other. Which can make planning difficult.

Chris
 

Mee Mee

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This is being served buffet style I assume? Not knowing your customers I'd figure 2 pieces of chicken per.
Great thanks! Yes it is buffet style, they will have a couple of their employees serving. You are correct chicken is always a big hit.
 

Mee Mee

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how much does it cost you per person? I would figure that out and times by 3 or 3.5 and charge that. also, 2 chicken and one beef sound more like people would want. there is a spreadsheet that does meat calculations running around here do a search...

Happy Smoking,
phatbac (Aaron)
Great thanks! I found the spreadsheet!!!
 

HalfSmoked

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Another thing to take into consideration here is who you will be serving just men or men and women children in included?
This will make a difference.

Warren
 

HalfSmoked

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Thanks for the likes fivesticks and Flatbroke
Warren
 

HalfSmoked

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MeeMee Thanks for the like it is greatly appreciated.

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varlot

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Wow, it seems like you’ve got this, thanks for the information! I’ll keep it. We’re making a plated dinner for my cousin’s wedding day and I think I’m gonna use your information primarily for smoked BBQ ribs. I’m also wondering about disposables, I mean, if I’m gonna use it (I’ve found eco-friendly ones recently here https://mcdonaldpaper.com/eco-friendly I think it’s a worthy idea as the wedding is going to be in more a country style. Happy smoking!
 
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