Post # 1
I was going over the menu options for a couple of the venues I’m considering and noticed how some nickel and dime you by listing the side dishes as an “extra”.
I almost overlooked this so I would have ended up paying way more than I expected. I think it’s kind of sneaky how they listed it, grr! Here’s how it reads, let’s just say the price is $50 per person:
$50 per person includes the following:
– Choice of soup or salad – Main entree (select chicken, beef or fish) – Dessert – Coffee and tea included
– Seasonal vegetables to accompany main entree $10 – Mashed potatos or baked potato to accompany entree $10 – Etc…
I mean really, who serves just a piece of beef or chicken by itself, without so much as a few veggies on the side? So if I add these two items that brings it up to $70 per person, which is an extra $1000 for just 50 people!!
Post # 3
lol, that does seem odd. we looked at about 10 catering companies and never came across that.
Post # 4
i also didn’t see anything like that when i was venue-searching….. good thing that you caught it! i’d be really pissed off had i found that out AFTER a contract is signed..
Post # 5
Yeah it’s new to me too.. I thought it was kind of strange, but I’ve seen it on at least 2 menus (one was the banquet menu for a steakhouse). Most of the other places I’ve looked at didn’t do that, hopefully other venues don’t start following suit!
Post # 6
i’ve seen a lot of outrageous things with upsells and whatnot, but charging to put vegetables on the plate next to the piece of meat takes the cake. it would be better if they just set the price at $60/person, instead of scamming you into thinking it was only $50.
Post # 7
That is quite strange. It’s unheard of to serve any entree, even in a restaurant, without sides of some sort as they are included in the price. The majority of catering menus I have seen include sides without charging extra for them.