Originally posted by jacqueline8
Well- we aren't planning on selling the meals - we will have retreats which people will attend and we will cook for them --I thought there might be some kind of basic guideline for how much it costs to feed a person breakfast, lunch and dinner - then we can figure out how much to charge for the retreat - nothing fancy - just plain old good food
Thanks for all your suggestions
Your menu is going to drive your cost, along with the # of people you're looking to serve. There isn't a basic formula for costs, unfortunately.
Breakfast is generally cheap, depending on what you want to offer.
Do a set menu, like pancakes, and stay away from a 'buffet' as you have to put more out than.
Lunch, same thing, limit the choices... grilled cheese, soup, ham & cheese are options to keeping the costs down.
Things like pasta & rice will keep dinner costs low. Cassarole type meals... chicken (cube cuts) with noodles, carrots & peas in sauce (shop for chicken on sale or ask a market to sell it to your group at cost).
Dinner for 50, can be done for about $3 per person with a lot of shopping & planning.