Post # 1
I decided on a buffet long ago. Our venue has finally gotten back to me with a food quote, and they want us to order 150 entrees for our 110 guests because “some people take both.” Meanwhile, I could have done a plated dinner (where everyone gets ONE entree) for $3 per person. This is now not an option, as the RSVPs didn’t have meal options on them.
Can they not have servers who serve the buffet ask guests as they come through, “Chicken or Beef?”
I’m trying to figure out whether I’m being played here. I don’t feel the need to pay for 40 non-existent people because some of them might be greedy. There’s got to be a better way.
What do you think? Go with the 150? Figure out something else?
Post # 3
I’ve heard that buffets can be more expensive because there must be more food made to cover all the guests and the options… but it’s offset by service savings. Venues we looked at all had either similar prices with buffet/plated, or slightly higher for plated.
But those were all pp estimates. I would have assumed that they built the extra food into the cost of the buffet when you worked out your budget.
ETA: What is your other option at this point? A served dinner with a single choice?
Post # 4
Typically they serve smaller portions at buffets because a lot of people do take both. So they shouldnt be serving two whole entree sized cuts of chicken and beef to people who want both. Everyone should start with a 1/2 sized portion so they can have multiple choices.
Post # 5
say “whoops I meant I have 80 people coming” then you’ll pay for 110 😛
Post # 6
Did you mean you could have had plated dinners for $3 per person? What are you paying per person for the buffet? $5 per person? o.O
Post # 7
I think you’re being played. At my venue, the buffet IS more expensive than BECAUSE they know that people will take more food!
Tell them that if their buffet price is “per person,” then that’s what you’re going to pay, and if they have a problem with that, then they should just raise their rates for the buffet, duh!
Post # 8
@bluewolverine: I don’t have any useful advice on this, but I have to say, great screenname. Go Blue! 🙂
Post # 9
haha, I didn’t even notice that! Go blue! 😀
Post # 10
Yes, most people take 1 of everything. So if you have beef and chicken a lot if not MOST people take both.