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Catering Quick Numbers


Reception Space:
  Bare Minimum 6-7 square feet per person
  US Comfortably Crowded 8-9 square feet per person
  Enough Space to Circulate 10 or more square feet per person
  Too Much Space over 20 square feet per person

Amount of Reception Food:

To keep the chart simple - 1 piece of anything (small or large) counts as “1.”
The more options you offer, the more likely people are to take “1 of each.”
Smaller plates or no plates reduce consumption.
Passed appetizers reduce consumption.
Fewer appetizer stations in a big room reduces consumption.
A hosted bar increases consumption as people stay longer.

Length & Type
Of Reception
Type of
Eaters
# pieces of
Hors d’Oeuvres
Per Person
Less than 1.5 hours
with dinner following
Light
Medium
Heavy
4-5 pieces
7-8 pieces
10+ pieces
Less than 2 hours
with no dinner following
Light
Medium
Heavy
6-8 pieces
10-12 pieces
14+ pieces
2 to 3 hours with
no dinner following
Light
Medium
Heavy
8-10 pieces
10-12 pieces
16+ pieces


Number of Servers:

Hotels tend to plan 1 server per 32 guests (minimum service) unless you negotiate for more staff. and/or a higher level of tableside service.

Number of
Guests
Minimum
Service Level
Optimum
Service Level
At Table service –
Pour Wine, Some
French Service
French or Russian
Full service
Round of 8 1 server
per 4 tables
1 server
per 3 tables
1 server
per 2 tables
1 server per table
Round of 10 1 server
per 3 tables
1 server
per 2 tables
2 servers
per 3 tables
1 server per table
Buss Staff 1 per 4 servers 1 per 3 servers 1 per 3 servers 1 per 2 servers
         
Buffets 1 server
per 40 guests
add 1 runner
per 100 guests
   

Over Set Guarantee:

  • The industry average is 3 – 10 % depending upon the number of guests.
  • Over set is “places set at the tables” not a food quantity.
  • Some situations make it hard to fill each table. This leaves open seats and may require more overset than the hotel would normally provide. Think about your guests – will they sit at the last place at a table, if they do not know others at the table? Do they come in pairs and need two places? Do they straggle into the meal?
100 guests Industry standard request: 10% over set
100 – 500 guests We recommend: 6-8% based on group dynamics
500 – 1000 guests We recommend: 5-7% based on group dynamics
Over 1000 guests We recommend: 3-4% based on group dynamics


Break Beverages:

The number of gallons of beverages you need for a break depends upon:

  • Ratio of men to women in the group
  • Length of break
  • Size of the cup/glass
  • The ease of getting to the break and returning to the meeting on time
  • The more options offered, the more waste you will have at the end of the break, if the hospitality standard is to “not run out” of anything

Morning Break

Count = Attendance at the break

Beverage All Men All Women 1
Regular Coffee Count x 60% Count x 50% Count x 55%
Decaf Coffee Count x 20% Count x 25% Count x 25%
Hot Tea Count x 10% Count x 15% Count x 10%
Diet Soda Count x 20% Count x 20% Count x 20%
Regular Soda Count x 10% Count x 5% Count x 10%

Afternoon Break

Count = Attendance at the break

Beverage All Men All Women 1
Regular Coffee Count x 35% Count x 30% Count x 35%
Decaf Coffee Count x 20% Count x 20% Count x 20%
Hot Tea Count x 10% Count x 15% Count x 10%
Iced Tea Count x 20% Count x 25% Count x 20%
Diet Soda Count x 50% Count x 50% Count x 50%
Regular Soda Count x 10% Count x 10% Count x 10%


Servings in a Gallon by Cup/Glass Size

Gallon Cup Size Cup Example Practical Number
of Servings
1 gallon
128 ounces
6 ounces Small paper or
china coffee cup
20
1 gallon
128 ounces
8 ounces Medium paper
or coffee mug
15-16
1 gallon
128 ounces
10 ounces Water glass or
1 can of soda
12
1 gallon
128 ounces
12 ounces Tall glass 9-10


Formula – How Many Gallons To Order

# people x % drinking that beverage = # cups / servings per gallon = gallons to order

300 people x 50% women drinking coffee = 150 cups / 20 6oz cups per gal = 7.5 gal order



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