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Thread: Catering?

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    Default Catering?

    A co worker (not Friend) approached me and asked me what I would charge if I cooked up 35 lbs of Chicken wings for his son's graduation!
    I've never done anything like this & have no idea of what to charge.

    I could do it. I have the equipment, yet with all the prep work involved, rub's, pellets etc. with this I just want to give him a fair price.
    He would supply the chicken.

    I was thinking 50 bucks. What would you charge? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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    I would be very specific about what he expects you to provide before you quote a price.
    Are they gonna serve? Will you have to cut the chicken?Are they providing serving platters?Where are you doing it?Is there space ?Tables?

    You want this to be as enjoyable as possible.

    Make sure you try to think of everything before you commit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silver-bullet View Post
    A co worker (not Friend) approached me and asked me what I would charge if I cooked up 35 lbs of Chicken wings for his son's graduation!
    I've never done anything like this & have no idea of what to charge.

    I could do it. I have the equipment, yet with all the prep work involved, rub's, pellets etc. with this I just want to give him a fair price.
    He would supply the chicken.

    I was thinking 50 bucks. What would you charge? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
    If you're gonna do it, make a little something for your time as well.

    Last thing I knew, wings sold for about $1 apiece, regardless of size, and that is per joint. With wings, I would want to price it by the #. There is as much work in cooking a small wing as there is in a large one. The labor is the biggest part of it.

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    I wouldn't touch it for less than $120.

    Around here the full wings go for $2 a lb,so thats $70 right there.

    OK, I just reread the thread. If he is buying the wings, Than $ 50 would be the minimum!
    Last edited by Capt Dan; 04-22-2010 at 11:07 PM.
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    When I cook for friends, and I mean FRIENDS, not people I know, I figure the cost of the food and double it, plus $50 for misc. items like rubs, fuel etc.

    * This is for large cooks though, like the 2 cases of briskets I am doing for a bday party next weekend.
    Last edited by Butt Lover's; 04-23-2010 at 04:24 PM.
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    I think $50 is light. You have to figure in your time, spices, alum pans, foil,and anything else you may need.
    By the time you prep and cook and get it all done you will have spent most of a day.
    I'd say $100 would be a closer figure. He's not a friend, he's a co-worker and he will expect more than a friend would of you.

    Smaller cooks are a PITA, because they take the same time for the food to cook as a big cook. That's why most caters have a minimum and sur-charge for smaller cooks.

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