Venue our client was interested in is city owned and they have a preferred vendor list. The city site linked to the preferred catering vendors’ menus and price lists so our client chose one that was appealing for both food and cost. We did advise our client that there were going to be add-on costs, like gratuity and tax.
Imagine our clients shock, that after the food tasting and we got down to pricing, they were informed there was a 10% fee that the city charged the vendor to be on the preferred vendor list that was passed on to the client, an 18% service and gratuity charge, and a 5.5% sales tax. This took the $9.90 cost per person for the buffet to $12.23. This was also just for set up and delivery…if we wanted anyone to man the buffet that was an extra charge.
So, just as a word of warning….when you are looking at the price of the meal, you are always better off to add at least 20% on to it to get your total cost when budgeting.