BASIC CATERING COSTS
When you choose to have your event catered, there are many options and some
unexpected costs to be considered. The following information is designed to
provide a general definition of basic
catering terms and a reasonable price range for each
service to give you a better idea of your total costs .
||This is a formal meal where guests are seated and are individually
served by the wait-staff
||This is a less formal type of service where the food is displayed on large tables or
various stations and guests are served by staff behind the tables or they choose
to serve themselves and are then seated.
|HORS D' OEUVRES
||This type of service is suitable for an open house, corporate event, cocktail
party or light dinner. Small pieces are either tray passed by servers, have a stationary display or a combination of
||This service can include all alcoholic beverages;
beer, wine and champagne only; a non-alcoholic "soft bar"; or full cappuccino coffee
service. You can choose to purchase all your own beverages or you can choose a
complete bar service package.
||$2.50 - $20 per guest
||This is a fee charged by some companies to
open and serve your bottles of alcohol and wine.
||0 - $20
|| Event managers, wait staff, chef,
kitchen staff, porters, bartenders, bar backs. Depending on the company you
choose there is usually a 4-5 hour minimum per staff member.
||$20 - $32
|| Charges should be on food and
beverage only. There should be no service charge on tax and labor.
||15% - 20%
|| Mandatory in California, it varies from county to county.
||7.75 - 9.75%
||This is a charge that is solely at the discretion of the client.
|| Depending on the venue you have selected rentals
may include tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware, flatware, serving items,
bar equipment etc..
||$12 - $35
|| Tenting, flooring, lighting,
audio/visual, heating, air conditioning etc..
ADDITIONAL SERVICES: During our 40 years in the
hospitality business we have developed a very reliable
group of vendors that we highly recommend. Charges are paid directly to them and
we refer them as a courtesy to our clients.