View Full Version : Have been asked to cater for a party

04-22-2014, 03:13 PM
A coworker is having a party with about 25 adults and asked if I would cook a brisket for the party and asked what I would charge him. First I told him that one brisket isn't enough for 25 people and suggested maybe doing some sausages and turkey breasts as well. I don't have a clue what to charge him. I would prefer to ask him for like $100 up front to buy the meat then charge him a flat rate for the cooking of the meat. What is a normal rate for this kinda thing?

04-22-2014, 07:33 PM
The food cost x 3 is a good place to start and about where you should be. So if you have $100 tied up in food for his group then charge $300 and you clear $200 after the expense of the food. All other expense like wood, foil, pans etc come out of your $200.

04-23-2014, 08:44 AM
I'm not a fan of taking money for cooking, that turns you into an un-certified, un-licensed pro. 9 times out of 10 not a big deal, but God help you if someone gets sick (from your food or not) and comes after you.

If I were in your shoes, I'd let the co-worker buy all the meat and supplies and I'd cook for free.

04-23-2014, 10:46 AM
Both answers above are correct in my mind. You can do either.

I prefer not to charge friends for cooking, as I no longer cook professionally (I cook like a complete amatuer :shock:). But, if I do charge, it would be as HBMTN says, 3x food costs

04-23-2014, 10:56 AM
Pricing is one thing---cooking for a party is another

Let's address the cooking:
Each meat cooked at an event needs enough of that meat to feed each person at that event. Shortage of brisket can not be overcome with sausages and turkey breast. Cook enough brisket for 25 people----if you cook sausage, also cook enough for 25 people. If your coworker wants your brisket--that means he likes your brisket, and he has talked about your brisket, and his guests will want that brisket also. When the brisket runs short-----all upset people that didn't get brisket will blame who??-----it is the COOKS fault. If you want to do more partys later---this is not the way to start.

If you are a caterer, with insurance, proper certificates, licenses, proper equipment for holding heat while serving, etc----then charge like a caterer. If you are a coworker cooking for a friend do not charge a "catering" fee--this can lead to other problems. I would tell your coworker the cost of all groceries, spices, BBQ pit fuel, vehicle fuel etc. Asking for reembursement for supplies bought causes no problems. Then look at your motives for doing this work---are you wanting to do it for financial gain, are you wanting to do it to start a catering career? Are you doing it as a "friend"? Are you doing it to display your "Name" as a cook?--Did you have to take time off of work, or anything else that would "cost" you money to cook at this event? I would simply state to the coworker---preparing, cooking, and cleaning up for this event will use up about X amount of hours and let them decide what to pay. If they have asked "How Much" then they have showed "intent to pay" and expect to pay-----often times folks will hand you more money than if they were quoted a price. Especially after they see the work involved

04-29-2014, 07:15 PM
Especially after they see the work involved

How true. No one's gettin' rich slinging Q unless they
are rocking the grill. Few. Is Aaron Franklin rich from selling Q? Nope.
He's sold his quality, name, hype, like basketball players.