Battle of the Budget

By January 20, 2011

Battle of the Budget

Most caterers will tell you that buffet service is more expensive than a plated menu. In fact, you may have to spend 20 to 25 percent more on a buffet, according to Daniel Briones, who works with a luxury market.

However, some caterers disagree.

Jim Zilli, CEO of the Zilli Hospitality Group in Milwaukee, recommends buffets to save money. “Buffet is the least expensive; you don’t need as many staffers,” says Zilli, who uses twice the staff for a sit-down meal versus a buffet.

Zilli says family style is most expensive (other caterers contacted don’t agree).

“Family-style is the worst of both worlds. You have more food – the all-you-can-eat of a buffet – and the labor of serving a salad and entrée. I add $5 per person with family style,” Zilli says.

With so much difference of opinion, ask your caterer what he charges for various service styles.

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