I am having a wedding of 150-175 people. It is in a barn reception hall where we bring everything in except the tables and chairs. It will be casual in nature despite the number of guests, and I'm looking into having it catered by a large company that does BBQ as an option. My MOH used them for a 50 person birthday party and recommended them.
Menu is (so far): brisket, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, rolls, romaine salad, macaroni and cheese, and beans. They also provide all the (plastic) dishware, utensils, napkins and cups, and iced tea and lemonade.
We will also have beer (kegs), wine, water, and probably some sodas and some gluten free beers in bottles. We haven't determined dessert yet, either will be cake/cupcakes, or a dessert bar. This company may be helping with that as well, but I haven't gotten that far.
So my questions is, how many servers? The company suggested 2 "captains" whatever that is, I think that's the people who man the grill outside, 1 kitchen assistant, and 3 servers/bussers. Does this seem accurate or excessive? Do I need to add in a bartender too? Based on the company's suggestions, the staff will cost about $1300.
Also, they are charging me an "admin fee" of $713.50. Is an admin fee standard with caterers?
Thanks in advance!