Enter the total number of guests and the buffet cost per guest ($/guest) into the Calculator. The calculator will evaluate the Buffet Food Cost. 

Buffet Food Cost Formula



  • BFC is the Buffet Food Cost ($)
  • G is the total number of guests
  • CPG is the buffet cost per guest ($/guest)

To calculate the Buffet Food Cost, multiply the number of guests by the buffet cost per guest.

How to Calculate Buffet Food Cost?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Buffet Food Cost.

  1. First, determine the total number of guests. 
  2. Next, determine the buffet cost per guest ($/guest). 
  3. Next, gather the formula from above = BFC = G * CPG.
  4. Finally, calculate the Buffet Food Cost.
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem : 

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

total number of guests = 100

buffet cost per guest ($/guest) = 60

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I reduce the buffet food cost for a large event?

Reducing buffet food cost can be achieved by selecting cost-effective ingredients, negotiating better rates with suppliers, opting for seasonal dishes, and accurately estimating the number of guests to minimize waste.

What are some common mistakes to avoid when planning a buffet for an event?

Common mistakes include underestimating the amount of food needed, not providing a variety of dishes to cater to different dietary needs, failing to keep food at the correct temperature, and not having a clear plan for food replenishment.

How do I calculate the right amount of food per guest for a buffet?

To calculate the right amount of food per guest, consider the duration of the event, the mix of guests (age, gender), the type of food being served, and the time of day. A general guideline is to have 1.5 pounds of food per adult and 0.75 pounds per child.