Post # 1
My caterer is pretty new to the business so has trouble advising me on certain things.
I have 67 people attending. Plus 1 photographer to be fed. Minus 2 people who are gluten free so can’t eat the main dish. (67+1-2 = 66)
So how many mains should I order? I currently have 80 ordered. Should I change to 75? How many extra did you have?
Post # 2
I ordered the exact number of guests, 296. A good caterer will prepare extra and charge you only if used.
Post # 3
The caterer doesn’t know this?? Seems odd. All our caterer needed was a final head count and then any allergies or special requests.
Post # 4
My venue automatically makes 5% extra just to be safe, which would be about 71, if that helps.
By the way, did the caterer tell you to not include the gluten-free people? Even if they can’t eat the main dish, they’ll still have drinks (non-alcoholic are sometimes included in the food cost), and they’d probably still like to have a salad or whatever they can eat. (I can’t have gluten, and I’d be bummed if I wasn’t allowed to have the things that are compatible with my restrictions.)
Post # 5
It’s buffet style. And the caterer is a food truck turned into a caterer so they don’t have much experience.
Post # 6
I have a really fancy salad for everyone, so hopefully the particular people can eat that.
My sister is allergic to sugar. and vinegar. SUGAR! so she can never eat anythign she doesn’t make herself usually.
And my FIL’s girlfriend is gluten free but also doesn’t eat rice or a whole list of complicated things.
My friend won’t eat anything with nuts.
This is an afternoon 3pm picnic, so I’m just having the caterer supply all the ingredients on a card. I’m vegan and have been to countless weddings where i only ate bread, so I think they’ll just have to deal with it. I feel bad, but I can’t cater to everyone!
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
Gwendolyn88: Our reception venue gave us an Excel spread sheet to indicate the numbers for each table and numbers for how many vendor meals we would require, and then another little chart that indicated how many people total for each type of dish. There was a separate space to indicate any allergies. I don’t know how that is complicated?
Post # 8
So what I’m hearing is that you guys didn’t have too much extra; maybe 5%.
So I told the caterer to just do 75 mains and clarified that we want to keep the leftovers. It’s annoying they’re turnign to me for the number count. I know I need 35 of one meal and 31 of the other, but if it’s buffet style people might take the wrong one, or go back for seconds. So I thought it’s best to have more than the exact number, but didn’t know how much more.
Thanks for your help!!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
Gwendolyn88: What are their portion sizes? Do you think a regular portion for them is the same size someone might take as dinner? Because if it’s smaller, you’ll need extra. Quite a few bees have had stories about empty buffets.
Post # 10
Wait… People with dietary restrictions “will just have to deal with it”?! That is pretty rude hosting. “But i can’t cater to everyone” That’s part of hosting a dinner (lunch??)- catering to people’s dietary needs.
Sucks it happened to you but you should really be providing proper meals to those with restrictions (and no, a salad doesn’t count unless it’s actually a full meal sized salad).