The first area planners tend to trim money from is their food and beverage budget. But how do you save money without sacrificing the experience for your attendees, avoid getting hit by hidden banquet fees and best work with the director of food and beverage and catering manager to create exceptional events?
In this PYM Knowledge Series video, Plan Your Meeting’s Editorial Director Kristi Casey Sanders talks with Rx for Catering‘s culinary negotiation specialist Claire Gould and One Ocean Resort‘s Director of Food and Beverage Hans Ritten about these and other topics, including culinary logistics, menu planning, event timelines, banquet staffing, guarantees and budgeting challenges. Sponsored by Visit Jacksonville.
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In this video:
- Your event isn’t always the only one
- Tables, chairs, linens
- Equipment and innovatory
5:00-5:30: Watch the menu
5:30-7:50: How to estimate F&B min.
- Keep track of your history
- Work with event captain
- Min is usually in contract
- What they include
7:50-9:50: Don’t underestimate to save money
- Usually doesn’t include gratuity
- Laws in destination
9:50-10:35: Are service charges negotiable?
- Be specific
10:35-11:55: Sample timeline
11:55-15:30: What can planners do to make logistics easier?
- Timeline, timeline, timeline!
15:30-18:00: What about special needs? How to get staff to meet expectations
18:00-20:00: Buffet Tips
20:00-22:30: Kosher 101
23:00-28:00: Bad menu example 1
- Don’t be afraid to ask for custom menu
- Piggy back
- Lunch and dinner are not the same
29:45-30:51: Bad menu example 2
30:51-32:30: Good menu example
32:30-36:00: Great menus should include:
- Stick to the menu
36:00-38:00: Food Safety
38:00-43:45: Saving money with custom menus
- meat options
- hors’ doeuvres are not always cheaper
43:45-46:00: Food trends and predictions
- Pickled foods
- Less coffee break foods
46:00-47:20: Get what you pay for
47:20-End: Final words
- Fun food
- Non-traditional menus
- Attendees should be comfortable
- History helps the future