(Closed) What are you getting for $50-$60/person in catering cost?

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: Is this overpriced??
    Yes - you're getting ripped off for that menu and need to shop around more. : (10 votes)
    27 %
    No - catering is just stupidly expensive. : (25 votes)
    68 %
    Other? (explain below please :) : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Where are you located? That makes a huge difference. It also matters how big your guest list is. For smaller guest lists, setup and equipment isn’t really that different, so it results in a higher overall per head rate.

    Post # 4
    2556 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Our dinner comes to about $63/head with taxes and fees but BEFORE we added on any extras (served salad, ice cream bar, late night buffet, extra entree, etc.).  For that, we are getting:

    • 5 passed apps during cocktail hour
    • 2 stationary displays during cocktail hour (most likely a fruit display and a veggie display)
    • Choice of 3 entrees, buffet style
    • Choice of 3 accompiants
    • Rolls & butter
    • soft drinks, coffee, water and tea
    • bar mixers & bartenders (have to provide our own alcohol)

    Post # 5
    1448 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’re probably spending a bit more than $50/pp on food and will be getting something extravagently better than that.

    Post # 6
    1106 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @EmeraldTiger:  You said you’re extending your app hour, but I dont see that on your list of menu items, is that separaetly priced or included?


    We are paying about 50-53 (depending on meal choice) for:

    4 Passed Hours’devours 

    Plated Dinner Including:



    Intermezzo (Champagne Sorbet)

    Choice of Chicken or Salmon 


    Granted, we are paying for the chef, who is incredibly great at what he does. I dont mind the cost though, since there are no other costs involved in our rental except for security fee and set-up fee for the dance floor. The room is included in the food price, we just have to meet a minimum of $2500.

    Post # 8
    1106 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @EmeraldTiger:  At my venue, the fish and chicken are the same price. It really depends on what kind of fish they serve, sometimes it can actually be cheaper than chicken. The steak on the other hand, is usually at least a $5 difference.

    Post # 9
    9566 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    To me $35 for those entrees sounds a little pricey.  It doesn’t sound too special.  I think our caterer’s base chicken&beef, potatoes, nice salad (blue cheese, pecans), green bean buffet starts at $20 (no drinks though).  So for $35 I’d expect a little bit fancier/more interesting food than grilled chicken skewers. 

    I don’t know what is average for your area, but if it’s a pricier area $35 might be about right.

    $15 for the app hour sounds about right though.  If I were to put together an app menu I think I’d spend $15-$18 per person off of my caterer’s menu.

    Post # 10
    3092 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    For about $50pp we’re getting:

    3 passed appz: stuffed mushrooms, shrimp w mango, beef wellington


    artisan breads & butter

    marinated olives

    baby lettuce salad, gorganzola, nuts,

    Main course buffet: beef tenderloin


    sweet potatoes


    grilled veggies

    Dessert: mousse served in small martini glasses


    Beverages are separate through our venue and EXPENSIVE!

    Post # 11
    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    First off, you can’t take people to a fancy 3-course dinner for $35 per person.  That statement tells me that your feelings about how much things should cost might be a little off.  I don’t live in Vancouver, but I have heard it is very expensive so that might factor into things.

    I am a little confused because you say you feel like you will pay the same price no matter what you pick, so what don’t you pick fancier food? Or maybe I’m misunderstanding.

    Anyway for about 50 pp we are getting:

    4 passed apps
    2 stationary: VT cheese platter and hummus/olive tapenade platter

    grilled herb chicken
    beef sirloin skewers
    mesclun salad
    avocado corn salad
    vegan pasta
    coffee/tea/drink stations

    This does not include any rentals By The Way which can add a lot to the price if you have to do them separately.  

    Anyway, I feel like we are getting a great deal, ha! The food is technically $30 per person, but when you add in labor, tax & tip, it’s about 52 I think per person for 120 people.

    Post # 12
    5191 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @EmeraldTiger:  I live in the US (NJ) so I’m not sure how to compare prices for catering. Hypothetically if they were similar, your estimate sounds rather reasonable. You didn’t specify if  your catering includes anything besides food but in general the costs usually include dishes, servers, setup, cleanup, etc… Anything catered is always going to cost more per person than a restaurant meal, like 2 to 3 times as much. Frustrating, I know. 

    Post # 13
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Oh sorry, missed the part about Vancouver.

    Vancouver is insanely expensive, so I doubt you are getting ripped off.

    Post # 14
    757 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    For $55 per person before tax and gratuity we are getting:

    six passed appetizers two stationary displays of cheese, crackers, mediterranean mezze etc. plated arugula salad with fried goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette

    buffet with:

    corn and fava bean salad

    peach and tomato salad

    roasted potatoes and haricots verts

    flank steak with a choice of three sauces

    chicken under a brick with sauces

    eggplant and roasted vegetable stacks

    cornbread and bread in baskets on the table 

    So it depends on the prices in your area and whether or not you are including gratuity etc. It doesn’t sound like a lot of food.

    Post # 16
    5191 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @lotto:  I’m sorry I just have to ask- what is chicken under a brick? 

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