(Closed) Food Tasting vs. What Is Actually Served – how close is it?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I’m actually wondering the same thing. Anyone know?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

no but im REALLY looking forward to it..especially cake tasting!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

omg my food tasting was AWFUL. cheap meat, salty, not very good. Of course, made for a huge group of people to sample, and I thought “omg a wedding is like, 100 more people than this, oh the food is gonna suck” and my friend said, “there there it’s banquet food, it’s about average” and I said “ok, poo”. The food the day of BLEW my mind. It was fantastic. Moist, delicious, and hotter than heck! They even took our plates (the bride and groom’s) and kept them WARM for us while we chatted. We kept sneaking back to the table to steal bites and they were like, “oh we want you to enjoy!” they were SO nice. So uh, needles to say, I was amazingtly pleasantly surprised and people kept telling us how surprised they were to have such yummy food. It was just chicken in a shroomy wine sauce and mashed potatoes and corn (we totally didn’t think about doing double starches, OOP!) and a salad, but damn the sauce was amazing! Seriously the chicken at my tasting was probably soem frozen tyson chicken or something they boiled and sauced up. NOT impressive!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The cake tasting was soooo fun and delicious. I am going to schedule our tasting this week!!!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’ve heard amazing things about my caterer, but her tasting was so-so. Then my FILs went to a rehearsal dinner that my caterer catered–and LOVED the food!

So I’m not worried, I think its just hard to cook for like 4 sometimes, to scale down.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

our food tasting was a super fun evening!  we tried most of the whole listing of items that my caterer offers and the atmosphere was so fun and conducive to making decisions.  we were so pleased with it (our caterer is actually also a restaurant) we have been back to eat dinner a few times as well…one of the big things that our catering coordinator stressed is that they do the cooking on location (they don’t just transport cooked food and keep it heated) to ensure freshness…between that and the awesome taste, we couldn’t afford NOT to book them!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Although I’d say the quality was comparable, our tasting was different than the actual food we ordered/served.  I think we had similar quality, because the food tasting menu WAS mass produced, as there were a couple hundred people there.  Our venue only has 2 food tastings a year and has a pretty limited menu available.  We weren’t able to request any specific menu items for the tasting and the tasting had no side dishes available for tasting.  We ended up ordering a main dish that had not been offered at the tasting (which, thankfully turned out great) and one that had been served. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ohhh, I’ve been wondering the same thing!  Our tasting was beyond delicious, I’m just hoping that food for 300 will be as good as the food we had for 6…

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What I’ve heard is that the food at the tasting generally tastes better.  They’re in their own kitchens and cooking a small amount of food.  When cooking on location they don’t have their full kitchen and have to work with portable equipment while making meals for 100+ people so it’s bound to taste less good.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe

Our tasting was nothing like the actual food.  The tasting food was either bland or a little salty.  We had already paid the deposit, so we were just going to hope for the best.  The reception food was AMAZING.  People actually sought me out during the reception to tell me it was the best wedding food they’d had ever.  Wowza!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

My tasting and the food at the wedding were both excellent.  However working in the catering business I will say this – your tasting is all about you and putting the right food forward and having a great impression.  Therefore a lot of time and attention to detail goes into having the perfect taste and presentation.  Thats not to say you wont necessarily get the same for your wedding but it might not be as much time and prep that went into your tasting. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I am going to a tasting with fiance and parents on Friday! =) Will let you know.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Oooh, good question! I was thinking of asking this the other day, but forgot. :p

Mrs. Joey- That’s pretty awesome that your reception totally blew your tasting out of the water.

We’re such foodies, that I hope they don’t screw our stuff up. :p

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

the food at our tasting was definitely better than the food at the wedding. our venue was a hotel with its own catering function. either we had a different chef at the tasting or they just tried harder for our tasting (which wouldn’t really make a lot of sense since we already booked the place). the food at our wedding wasn’t bad – it just wasn’t as spectacular as at the tasting.

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