[Sca-cooks] Current farm prices and affects on feast budgeting

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Mon Feb 18 14:52:30 PST 2008

My suggestion is take one of your old feast budgets and redo the pricing as 
a comparison.  Invite anyone who disagrees to do the next feast to your 
standards for the price they suggest.  It makes for interesting theater.

I think a number of us have been keeping prices down by letting the rising 
costs eat into the margin of profit or looking for cheaper alternatives.  If 
the percentage of increase in expenses continues as it is, then those 
methods may not be feasible much longer.  Most of the groups I know have 
been dealing with the rising cost of site and events, so it is time to start 
educating people about what it is going to cost to do a feast.


> Unfortunately that is not something that is likely to happen,
> specifically here in Meridies. Bids for events with hard and fast
> pricing structures have to be submitted at most local and all Kingdom
> level events a minimum of 6 months ahead of time. To meet the
> advertising deadlines for the Kingdom Newsletter the flyers with set
> prices have to be in to the Chronicler by the end of the month, one
> month preceding the publication date of the Newsletter, which means
> that the first flyer has to be submitted approximately four months
> before the event date.
> Events that will take place in August (the 6 month prediction) will
> have their budgets set now and to publication by the end of April.
> While we the cooks are very aware of the situation, it will be a very
> hard sell for us to convince the rest of the event team to up the
> prices drastically. There are complaints even now that $5 per head is
> much too expensive.
> I am in the midst of planning a small feast (80 people) for the end of
> May and I have $6 per head. We will see how well I can manage. I am
> planning on bidding the feast for my Barony's signature event to take
> place mid-September and that has to be submitted by the end of next
> month. I don't know how I can convince the group that I will need $7 -
> $8 per head to produce a standard feast. And if I do, I think that
> there would be an outcry against the cost when it comes out in the
> Flyer.
> Hello Rock
> Hello Hard Place
> I think that we will be getting to know each other very well.
> --
> Serena da Riva

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