As you begin to determine your food and beverage minimum the best place to begin is your history. This amount is taken into consideration by the hotel when they quote a room rate and determine the concessions a group will earn. Here are some tips to keeping your F&B on budget:
1. Order on consumption
2. Use house-branded wines and drinks
3. Have a plated dinner instead of a buffet – they’re often less expensive
4. If your meeting spans over a few days, suggest a “lunch on your own” option
5. Host a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception in place of dinner
Bonus: If there is another group in house at the same time, suggest that you share menus.