Post # 1
I just got a quote from a caterer that says this:
“An 18 % service charge will be applied to food, equipment and bar charges.”
And then that is crossed out and it says: “This fee has been waived as a courtesy to you. All gratuities are left to the discretion of the Host.”
So does that mean they expect us to voluntarily tip 18-20+% on the whole entire catering bill??? If we have to budget for a $4000-5000 tip, that drastically changes the direction we’re heading. Is that normal and expected?
Post # 3
@TrousseauHorse: I think his approach is pretty tacky but yes, he’s asking for a gratuity.
As a former server, bartender and employee working with catering, tipping is NOT expected (in my experience) for catered jobs. Any employees working with the caterer would be recieving and hourly wage.
ETA: is this plated? are you having servers or a buffet? those factors make a difference.
Post # 4
The 18% would have been normal. Ours is 21% but it’s only on the service provided, the wait staff and cooks. Could you break it down and figure out what that would be? It’s nice they waived it so you could get away with doing less. I would recommend to see how it turns out and base your percentage of how you thought they did.
Post # 5
Yes it is plated. They broke down the charges on the quote and service is only $4000 of the whole $18000. It’s a HUGE difference tipping on service vs the whole bill!!! I was budgeting for a tip based on service/staffing charges. We don’t want to be bad tippers but servers and cooks get paid some normal wage right? Not like waitress wages?
Post # 6
I think you tip on food and service charges, whatever those components are, but not stuff like rentals.