Post # 1
Has anyone ever PAID for their food tasting?
We just got the “Annaul Wedding Tasting” flyer in the mail for Sept. 24th, 2011 for $50/couple and $30 per extra guest. Mind you we will be with many other couples I am safe to assume.
They will be doing it Buffet Style and will have all their entree selections available to taste (chicken, steak, pastas, fish, vegetarian options) as well as their specialty wine, champagne and beer tasting, since that too comes in our package too. As well as the amazing cake, YUM!
My initial reaction was UGH! RIDICULOUS! I’m already paying out of my @$$ to have my wedding there, now I have to pay to taste my food??
But then once I thought about it, the other option was to get a gift certificate and eat one of the entrees they offer during their summer season, but its nothing that is offered as a wedding entree. Totally different menu options.
And I guess it’ll be nice to see how the set up will be and how ALL the food is in comparison to each other.
We will be attending, but was just wondering if this was a common request from venues or not.
Post # 3
Never heard of paying for a tasting.
Post # 4
I’m expecting to have to pay, but we probably won’t do a tasting. We’ve eaten there many times before.
Post # 5
Usually you don’t have to pay for a tasting, but I believe it’s generally just an entree and a few appetizers. Being able to taste them all like that in a party atmosphere with other couples you can potentially compare other vendors with and get some ideas from. I think it’s worth the money.
Post # 6
I’ve never heard of this either. Our tasting was set up for four people privately, so we brought our wedding planner and a friend. If we chose to have additional guests attend with us, it would have been $110 per head. I totally understand that, but the bride and groom paying for it too? That’s strange!
Post # 7
Mine was $100, and up to 4 people could attend.
My caterer offers a bazillion options so they had to custom make exactly what we wanted at the time we wanted it. I was fine with this, and the $100 goes toward our final bill. Plus the food was insane (2 salads, 6 appetizers, 4 sides, 5 entrees) so we defintely got our $25pp worth 🙂 It was awesome.
Post # 8
It’s pretty common actually. A pain but pretty common.
Post # 9
@vaness13181: I too just figured why not treat the Bride and Groom and charge for extras guests/attendees, I understand not wanting to pay for everyone the Bride and Groom bring along to the tasting. Because Lord knows there are those people like that LOL. But why dont they say “2 seats have been reserved in your honor for a tasting of the food selections for your wedding” or something ya know?
We are paying $80/person for off-season pricing but I can’t imagine being a couple paying for normal season at $110/person for 2011-2012!
Post # 10
@KristenGotMarried: thats awesome that the cost of the tasting goes towards your bill! Sounds like an awesome cater/vendor!
Post # 11
I’d just like to add that I don’t think this is so strange – I mean think about it, the tasting is an interview. You don’t know if you’re going to book with that particular caterer, and you might also be tasting/interviewing several others. You could easily not go with them… so why should these caterers spend their time, money and energy on something that they don’t get paid for?
Post # 12
My tasting was $600 for 5 people – but it was a private tasting where we sampled 7 or so passed apps, multiple entree and side selections, multiple desserts along with wine. We were there for approximately 3 hours, met with the chef, went over all of the details and received top notch attention. The $600 was also applied to our final bill. I don’t think it is unreasonable to charge for a tasting.
Post # 13
We had no charge for ours and they made us enough food to feed an army. They were all the entree selections as well as ones we were on the fence about. I asked, and they looked at us like we were crazy. I think it should be part of doing business, and have never heard of anyone paying for it.
Post # 14
Yup, we had to pay for our tasting. I think it was $20/person. Plated as it would be served, so we only got to try ONE thing per person. We went with my parents so we ordered 4 different things and had it family style so we could try it all. And they had a beef night and chicken night, so we had to go twice.
Post # 15
We paid for our tasting, and my friends also paid for theirs. Our wedding is at a very cute Inn that does a lot of wedding receptions, so it’s not a banquet hall and my friends’ wedding was at a golf club. My other friends were married at a banquet hall, so their tasting was free.
Post # 16
Its not unheard of but it does seem reasonably priced.
@eupenmalmody: $600 on the other hand seems really steep, its lucky that you went with them otherwise you would have lost that money.