Originally Posted by afreemaniii
I don't currently do catering, but am keeping an eye on these discussions because I am getting more and more people asking me about cooking for them.
I guess I understand the miscellaneous service charge to cover for various tasks that pop up and aren't spelled out in the contract like Mista mentioned, but wouldn't you simply price your job at a rate that makes you some decent money and any gratuity would just be icing on the cake? I wouldn't think a "tip" would be spelled out in any way on the contract with the client.
Well for this event they asked us to pick up all the glassware from the tables down a flight of stairs below the deck. That part wasn't in the contract. I didn't want to say "No, you didn't pay for that, just for us to pick up the china at the end of the meal!" Glassware was still being used a couple hours after dinner service was complete. My staff wanted to go home.