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Cater an event?
I was asked to cater an event. I was told it was something small for a friend, I said I would think about it. I bbq for fun and to cater and event seems like work to me...... Today I was told that they wanted me to cater the event for 225 people and this event is his wedding. They want my to make pulled pork sandwhiches and sides. I have no idea what I am doing? I bbq for fun and friends this is a little much. Any advice? Huh

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I was also thinking for those that do cater I need your business cards. I get asked all the time but I don't like doing them and I am not set up for them.

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04-12-2013 10:59 AM
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Fidel, Is this the one you asked me about? Sorry if it was, I spaced it. I am trying to get my taxes finished.

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04-12-2013 11:28 AM
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I'm with you. I BBQ For fun, must smoking a whole lotta pork butts at one time, plus making a buck sounds like even more fun. All the BBQ I do seems to operate at a loss Big Grin
04-12-2013 11:57 AM
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I agree

(04-12-2013 11:57 AM)MrZip66 Wrote:  I'm with you. I BBQ For fun, must smoking a whole lotta pork butts at one time, plus making a buck sounds like even more fun. All the BBQ I do seems to operate at a loss Big Grin

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04-12-2013 12:14 PM
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Nope. Mike that is a different event. Still call him


(04-12-2013 11:28 AM)Dutchovendude Wrote:  Fidel, Is this the one you asked me about? Sorry if it was, I spaced it. I am trying to get my taxes finished.
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04-12-2013 12:16 PM
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Ok, Thanks.

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04-12-2013 12:17 PM
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I've been there and can hearing you. I do 5oz. Meat, bun, pickle wedge, chips, beans, tide water coleslaw, 2 cookie pack, drink, plates, plastic ware. $12.00 in the valley. 15 outside.

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As to if you want to do it that's really up to you. It is good paying if you detach your self from being a friend thing. I have a lot of friends that would use me if I were free but I can imagine if I walked into their business and wanted free stuff.
The thing is there is not one wedding cater out there that would serve that plate for less then $20 and then you would get Microwaved meat. If you want a killer coleslaw you can make in 1 minute with SAMs. Club food, let me know. I have made it for 500 scouts in 30 minutes on the top of the rocky mountains.

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04-12-2013 02:24 PM
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By the way, if this has goofy spelling in on an iPhone at Wheeler Farm using fat fingers and 66 year old eyes.

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Wow Larry, I am under priced. I have been doing Pulled Pork with buns, 2 side dishes, cobbler, punch and utensils for $10 a head.
No wonder I don't make anything! Maybe it is time to rethink prices.

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04-12-2013 04:31 PM
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I was totally blown away when I went to a catering convention and saw the prices. Outside of Utah they would laugh at anyone that wanted a wedding for $15K. It's normal for a couple to drop $35 to 50K on a single day event. Here it's: Get the church free, buy some ham and baby carrots, ask the Elders Quorum to set up the tables, Young Women to decorate and Relief Society to cook. That's why I don't shoot weddings anymore. (Heck, Uncle Ned has a video camera) Why do we need to pay someone?

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(04-12-2013 02:28 PM)Larry Jacobs Wrote:  By the way, if this has goofy spelling in on an iPhone at Wheeler Farm using fat fingers and 66 year old eyes.

I'd quit trying to get the correct button with your eyes, they are squishy and may be the reason for hitting other keys!

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Respice = you didn't use enough spice the first time! adspice = you ought to add spice, you know? prospice = you should be an advocate for spice!
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RE: Cater an event?
Here's my two cents...

I wouldn't even consider a paid event unless I were fully licensed and insured.
If you are, can feel good about doing it, and can afford the time to do it then by all means make a few bucks.

If any of the above do not apply, then maybe you should step back.

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We are fully licensed, insured and legal! Tongue Just say'in..

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04-12-2013 08:41 PM
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(04-12-2013 07:50 PM)bud-wie-ser Wrote:  Here's my two cents...

I wouldn't even consider a paid event unless I were fully licensed and insured.
If you are, can feel good about doing it, and can afford the time to do it then by all means make a few bucks.

If any of the above do not apply, then maybe you should step back.

100% agree, and a bond is also a good idea. I have a gig for 75-100 The dinner buffet style ( they supply their own seating) consists of:
3 bones ( BB ribs)
1/3 lb brisket
garlic smashed taters (sysco)
home made slaw
dinner roll/butter pads
cookies or brownies
$20/ head

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