Post # 1
I know you should only schedule a tasting with a caterer if you are seriously considering them…so how many caterers do you think are too many?
Also, after doing tastings and making a final decision, how do you tactfully thank the caterers you do not choose for their time and effort? (I have had several caterers send me multiple revised proposals because I am picky about food and also trying to cut costs everywhere possible).
I just feel badly for taking up peoples’ time and especially going in person to eat their food just to let them know I will not require their services…*ugh*
Advice please and thank you!
Post # 3
I am maxing out at 5. So far, we have gone to 2 tastings; one was way out of our budget, even with revisions, the other one is awesome and seriously a top contender, so far. One that we would love to go with is right with our budget, but doesn’t do tastings. Another one we are going for a tasting on October 9th, and the last one I will be calling back later this week to see what they can offer us. The last caterer just had a death in the family, so I am giving her some time to recover before I call her back. She doesn’t normally do tastings, but has agreed to for us. I hope to have finally secured a caterer by the end of October. We are running out of time.
The caterers that I don’t go with, I just email them thanking them for their time, let them know what a pleasure it was to meet with them, and let them know that although we were very impressed, they are unfortuneately still out of our budget.
Post # 4
depends on how many caterers or venues you are interested in. For us… not one other venue compared with the one we eventually booked, so we did a tasting with only them… it was phenominal… and then we booked, no need to do other tastings…
Post # 5
we only did one – the caterer we used. We loved them and told them that day we wanted to hire them. I of course would have loved more free food but couldn’t do that to anyone else!
Post # 6
We only went to one. If you love them, there’s no reason to waste your time or theirs. If you don’t, I would keep going until I found the one I loved.
Post # 7
This might be a dumb question, but do you have to pay for a tasting? If so, how much do they usually run?
Post # 8
We only did one, but our caterer was amazing, and put us at ease immediately. He was by far our easiest choice of the entire process.