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How much do you pay for a catered meal

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How much do you pay for a catered meal

FriedClamFanatic | Dec 10, 2008 03:30 PM

I'm not a pro, but i love to cook. I've done a lot of small (8 people or less) parties and have "catered" cocktail parties for up to 50 people. Usually they buy the food.

But.a friend has asked what I would charge to do a dinner party of 25-30 people. I explained that i have no help and no special warming units or anything like that. i suggested a cold buffet (like seafood salad, steak salad, home-made bread, etc.) and a cple of hot appetizers along with some cold ones, and dessert.

She has never done this before; neither have I. She may want a "fancier hot" entree. I suggested that maybe she pay for the food and something for my time - if I can do it.

The thought then came to me that what do folks in the Philly burbs pay per person for a "fancy" catered affair? This is an upscale community, but we are not talking over the top, nor do I have to worry about liquor. These are younger folks.

Any help and suggestions would be appreciated. I'll be calling a a few local caterers as well, but thought it might be nice to hear from the client side (since I suspect some of you were NOT happy with what you got).

Any advice, suggestions, critques, etc.? Thanks for the input in advance

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