Hey all – I bought my cart a week ago. I’ve had it out one day testing in a neighborhood setting, and loved it! I’m glad I made the plunge to go dogging…
I’ve been asked to provide a quote for an open house at a college in my area for 400 people. They’ve asked me to quote it for just 1 dog per person, and ketchup/mustard only. I have a couple questions for anyone who is willing to help a pup out. 🙂
I know there are a ton of variables that go into quoting a price, but here’s what I know: one of my larger competitors in the area charges $1.75/dog with all the toppings for an event. I would probably carry B&C dogs at this event as they haven’t asked for anything specific and seem to be cost oriented.
Considering the info above, what would you all suggest for a selling point? I’m thinking about $1.50 but wondering if I’m selling myself short. On the flip side, a few phone calls and they could beat my price if I went any higher…
Also, on the operations side: I have a single full-size pan set up. The event is scheduled for two hours. That makes me think perhaps I should run three 1/3 pans boiling dogs at full bore (~15 in each pan), which means I can’t steam the buns on the cart. If it’s a sunny day I can set up a table and lay the buns out and cover them with a black plastic cover. On the flip side, if it’s not sunny (as is likely around here), any suggestions? Does 400 dogs in 2 hours sound feasible for one guy with a single pan set up? Remember, the only toppings they want are red and yellow.
Any advice for a brand-new-first-timer-pup who just got a cart and may have a gig already? I stumbled into this opportunity because it’s the college I’m attending, but I don’t want to over/under bid it because of a complete lack of knowledge. I also don’t want to under perform the day of the event.
P.S. RJT – thanks for the help and the on-the-job experience!