Post # 1
I just found out that I may have missed the opportunity to do a tasting at my venue. It’s not like we have a choice if we don’t like the food, we’re pretty much stuck with it (unless we want to lose our deposit, of course), but my venue is a baseball park and the last couple of games we went to the food was not very good. Now, I know that cooking for 45,000 is a lot different then 160, but you can understand my concerrns, I’m sure. I did email the head of catering and voiced my concern, but he did not address it. I had to email my “coordinator” (I put this in quotes because she’s not really a wedding coordinator, per se, so she doesn’t do what a DOC would do, really) and ask if he was away because I hadn’t heard from him. She gave him a nudge and I got an email with a mock up of what we had chosen for the time being and what it would cost, but no mention of the tasting. My coordinator said tastings are typically not done during the season. I HAD written down that tastings were done between November and March, but I forgot about it until it was already mid-April.
I get that he’s very busy, but there are weeks when the team is away for 5+ days. After the quote I got on the food, (TWICE what we had originally thought!) I feel I am entitled to a tasting no matter what time of the year it is! Oh, and just throwing this in here, I didn’t know about 20% gratutity! This is equaling almost $4000!! I am freaking out!
So, did anyone not have a tasting and it turned out ok? What should I do??
Post # 3
I am not doing a tasting. My venue is in FL and I’m in MA. So we are just going to wing it and hope or the best.
If i were in your shoes, I would call them back and demand a tasting. I would tell them that “look, I picked your venue for a reason. You are now charging me twice than origianlly thought, the least you can do is give me a tasting and I’m dripping 4k on food alone!”
Good luck 🙂
Post # 4
Nope no tasting of us, Rural MN where the wedding is tastings are just not done. Besides I already know how the food tastes, the cater is used for all kinds of events and I have had their food before.
Post # 5
I didn’t have one, but we have used the same caterer for a ton of stuff so we know they have quality food. If you are unsure, I would ask for one. Especially since you are paying 4k for just the food.
Post # 6
We didn’t have one, either. My parents have attended an event at my venue, though, and I got a few personal recommendations from people who had their weddings there. I like to think of the food as just being an added surprise on the big day :).
Post # 7
I did not do a tasting. The catering company has such an awesome reputation in our town, so I knew it would be great. It was even better than great in the end!
Post # 8
Thanks bees! And, to clarify, $4000 is JUST the gratuity!! I will defintely ask for a tasting when I call Monday to hash out the pricing. I think we are entitled to one, but if we can’t get one, then it is what it is and I will hope for the best.
Post # 9
We aren’t doing a tasting because we missed ours as well (we live out of state) but we were able to send a proxy couple and my brother and his FI said the food was amazing. Also, when I was home I went to the hotel’s restaurant and tried a few things just to get an idea. I’m sure they will make it better for you than game day food!
Post # 10
Wow, that does seem out of line. We’re not doing a tasting, but it’s a much smaller dollar amount of catering and with a small company. I have a suspicion that the caterer would figure something out for us if we didn’t feel comfortable about the food, but the company has a really good reputation and some friends of mine have vouched for how good their food is, so I’m not worried. Hope they work it out for you!
Post # 11
I would like to do a tasting, but my FMIL is in charge of throwing our reception and we haven’t heard anything about an opportunity to do a tasting of the food at our venue yet. I hope we’re not too late! How far in advance do people typically do a tasting?
Post # 12
We didn’t do a real tasting – just one dish (avocado half with honey vinagrette and small salad). We’re getitng married in a town of 1500 people, and we’re not interested in bringing in a caterer from the nearest metro area. Our caterer does most of the events at our venue, so she was kind of our only choice anyway. Everyone in town raves about her, so we’re not worried. The menu she designed looks fantastic!