(Closed) here’s a new one: food crisis levy charge

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

Did you sign a contract with them?  I’m no lawyer, but if you signed a contract that stated solid pricing terms, I believe that adding on this food crisis levy would be violating the contract terms.  They can certainly add this charge on for new customers, but they are stuck with whatever they promised you at the beginning.  That’s what a contract is for.

I could be totally wrong….. Any REAL lawyers want to chime in? 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

That sounds just crazy to me!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Yeah, I agree with cupcake. My caterer said that as soon as I signed the contract (which included the food costs), the costs won’t change. Just a thought.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had to negotiate a new contract with our venue when we had to postpone due to a family illness.  We got smacked with a 16% increase in food prices cause of the "economic status and food shortages".  Wha?? 

But I agree with Cupcake.  Once I signed my contract I’m locked into that price.  See if the pricing is spelled out directly into your contract.  If it is I’d be marching right down to the caterer and telling them what you are going to pay!

Post # 7
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Worker bee

Unless they put in the contract that they withhold the right to change the prices, I would believe you’re locked in at the prices you signed.

When I was hunting down venues, the one we went with warned us beforehand that they do an annual review of prices and they would soon be raising their prices slightly, but it would be no more than $X. I appreciated their honesty and built the increase into the budget. Their adjustment came in slightly under and now we have some money to play with.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think you should just deny that there is a food crisis at all, just like some people are denying the recession exists.   I think its a poorly worded surcharge and you could definitely argue that they’re overracting.  (think devil’s advocate here – whether or not you agree)  I’m thinking there’s a good chance there is some sort of generic wording in the contract that may allow adjustments for unusual circumstances…

I’m meeting with my caterer today, so we’ll see if I hear anything similar. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Prices are definitely rising and it’s definitely more expensive to get food and transport it to sites, but if you’ve already signed a contract, check it very carefully for any riders that might say they can tack on these kinds of surcharges. Very shady of them to do it after you’ve already signed the papers. Food prices haven’t gone up *that* much.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I agree unless otherwise stipulated in the contract , once you sign the prices can’t just change. thats what contracts are for! I would look over your contract , but be polite!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If pricing isn’t in your contract, you are stuck with their increase, if you want to still have it there.  Try and get something in writing after negotiating on this increase.

The food charges HAVE gone up, very significantly.  Especially for rice.  I think 2009 wedding catering pricing will be very different from 2008 pricing because of it.  And food prices… don’t really go down.  But, that being said, 12.5% is a huge raise for you to bear.  Even if they are supposedly shouldering the other 12.5%.  I’d ask to see some kind of proof.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

If they do charge this though it should be on their actual cost of the food itself.  So if you are being charged $100/person, let’s say $20 of that was for the actual food (I bet its less) with the remainder being for food preparation, service etc.  Which means that they should only be increasing $20*.125 = 2.50 (or 2.5% increase per person).  If they are trying to levy it on the entire per person charge it is really ludicrous.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Congrats!! I’m glad you posted this, actually. It’s always nice to hear how things work out! They definitely made the right decision though. First things first, keep your current customers happy! Then get new ones

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Nicely done!

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