My Mother-in-Law asked me today if I would be interested in catering her garden club Christmas party. I have done small parties for people I worked for, but never a group of older women who want to be known for their taste. Of course they are looking for a good deal, and I am known for having low prices on my cakes. How would I go about pricing out food, if I don't even know what I would want to serve? They want an estimate.
Is it possible to even estimate when you don't know what you'll serve?
I would say a good start would be to come up with a "per person" serving. That way you have some flexibility regardless of menu. However, it is still important to think of food options, because that could determine that fee. I would recommend PMing Indydebi and/or checking out her website www.cateritsimple.com. I think you could get a really good idea as to what food to serve and how much, plus costs per person. Whatever you do, keep it simple!
You can't tell them any kind of price unless you have a menu to go on. Once you have a menu, you'll have to price everything. I get all kinds of looks when I go pricing food!
How many people are you looking at? Also, where will it be held at? Does it have a kitchen or will you have to transport the food? What time is the meal? Some clubs like that like to have appetizes an desserts, because the meeting may be in the day or afternoon.
When you get some information, I would be glad to help you, if you need any.