10-31-2009, 10:58 AM
I have done some catering for an area Elks Lodge close to my restaurant in the past and they approached me recently to provide food for them on Sundays. They have a complete kitchen set-up but they are run by volunteers. They are not looking to make alot of money through food they make the money off of drinks, and they drink!! I didn't want to do it at first because Sundays are my day off, but some of my workers wanted more hours. I came up with a solution that works for everyone. I provide the food, whatever I have leftover from the week make sure it is weighed out and basically pre-portioned, have 1 cook there from 2-6 and have one of their people handle the cash. Last week was the first week and I sold almost $400 worth of food. $1 a plate goes to the Lodge, I pay my guy $50 cash, I get rid of old product and I get cash! You guys that do vending should look into your local Elks or VFW clubs. Try to get in maybe once a week or even once a month.