Post # 1
For our wedding we are giving our guests 2 options for entree. We have our food tasting coming up soon with the venue, where they say they will prepare 2 full courses for us to try and decide from. That doesn’t really seem like a lot. It basically would mean we choose what two options we think we will want, and hope we like them at the tasting. Shouldn’t we have at least 3 options to taste so we can at least choose 2 from that?
How did everyone’s tasting work logistically?
Post # 4
We weren’t offered any tasting. Our venue just gave us our choices and we chose based on that. Wish we could have had a tasting though. Enjoy yours!
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
At our tasting, we tried 3 entrees and about 5 or 6 hors d’oeuvres (can’t remember). We also did another tasting with a caterer that we didn’t book, and we tried 2 or 3 entrees, at least 4 or 5 hors d’oeuvres, and 8-10 cake samples. Honestly, I can’t remember how many things we tried at the second caterer. The first one (and the one we booked) let us choose what we wanted to taste. The second chose for us, and that was to their downfall.
Just request to try a third entree and see what they say.
Post # 6
Our venue offered group tastings two or three times per year for all of the couples/others who were planning events at the venue. The cost was $75/couple. Each couple could choose a number of options; however, the venue may or may not choose to include those options. Couples were guaranteed that a total of three of their selected items (including hors d’oeuvres and appetizers as well as entrees) would be included at the tasting. There was one entree that interested me that we did not have the opportunity to try, and the venue did end up allowing us to taste that at a subsequent meeting.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
I actually just e-mailed my wedding coordinator our tasting menu checklist last night! Our wedding planning session is next Thursday and the menu and cake tasting will happen during the second half of the day (9am-4pm, holy cow!). We were allowed to choose 8 items (max of 3 proteins). The rest of our choices were divvied up among hors d’oeuvres and starches (and salads, but we didn’t opt for any of those, lol). Our cake tasting is not included on this checklist but they are going to have us taste these cake flavors:
and these fillings:
-white chocolate mousse
-dark chocolate mousse
-tropical fruit mousse
There are other cake flavors and fillings that we can request to taste as well (FI loves German chocolate, so we requested that). I can’t wait!
Post # 8
We got to choose 6 entree options to taste, with an accompanying vegetable & starch for each one.
Post # 9
– 7 hors d’oeuvres (we ended up going with 5 of them)
– 2 salad options (chose 1 of the two since we didn’t offer a choice)
– 3 entrees (we ended up going with 2 as a duo. We didn’t want an entree choice anyway.)
– 10 dessert bar selections (we ended up going with 7)
We saw the full list of options beforehand and narrowed it down to what we tasted. I think this is fair since there are options that from initial glance we knew we wouldn’t want anyway.
Post # 10
Our venue is a bed & breakfast. The owners of the b&b also do the catering, once a year at the end of spring they do a huge tasting party, including everything they can make [and i mean everything, right down to the fried ice cream to be served with wedding cake]. All of the couples who have planned a wedding there are welcome to go. You then choose which items you’d like to have for your dinner.
Post # 11
I’m actually having the same problem. Our venue/catering says we can choose 2 or 3 entrees to offer our guests. So, hypothetically, we go with the 3 and choose a chicken, fish, and meat. (They have probably 5-8 options for each.)
The problem is, they’ll only let us taste 4 entrees total. Sooo, we’d essentially be, like you said, pre-selecting them for the most part and just crossing our fingers that they don’t suck. I asked my event coordinator at the venue about this, and what’s the point of a tasting if we’re just pre-selecting and won’t be able to narrow it down BASED on the tasting. This makes no sense to me. I asked if we could at least try 2 of each category (6 total). She said they normally only offer 3, and 4 was the most she could do.
Sooo, we decided to nix the fish option (because who really needs a 3rd option anyway), and try 2 chicken and 2 steak. Yeesh.
Tasting is next week though! Yay!
Post # 12
We have been going back and forth for the last 2 months trying to come up with a day we (us and the venue) are both available for the tasting ( it is not a group tasting to my knowledge ) and I am becoming frustrated. I’m really trying to be accomodating and polit but we are reaching our crunch time where we need to know our choices so we can put them in our invites and get them out. I really hope it doesn’t put a damper on our appointment because I know we have a million other details to discuss. I really want to keep the peace with the venue coordinator so that she will really be there for us and not just fulfill the bare minimum job requirements. So I feel awkward on top of this to ask for additional food items to try but at the same time feel like you guys have all received wayyyyy more options to taste! Know what I mean?
Post # 13
Our venue does group tastings (we were not charged), so some items on their menu were not available at this tasting; however, we are planning on scheduling another private tasting for some additional menu items at no additional cost. Here is what we had.
Cold Apps: fruit plate, vegetable and cheese plate, antipasto kabob, cucumber roundels with chicken salad, smoked salmon pinwheels
Hot Apps: wild mushroom fontina cheese puff, mini chicken cordon bleu, spanikopita, thai chicken roll
Chicken: Picatta, Marsala, Mediterranean Style, Creole Sauce
Salmon: Ginger Soy, Creole Sauce, Lime beurre blanc
Beef: Garlic Cabernet Demi
Starch: Rice Pilaf, Roasted Red Potatoes
We were able to pick our cake baker from a list of preferred vendors and did our cake tastings separately.
Vegetable: Vegetable Medley, Garlic Butter Broccoli
Post # 14
We chose 2 chicken dishes, 2 fish dishes, and a beef dish to taste. We had 2 vegetable sides and 2 potato sides.
For our dinner we gave guests a chicken and a fish option.
Post # 15
I think we had at least 4 entrees to taste, and maybe 4-6 sides?
Post # 16
Zero. It’s an all-inclusive venue that includes catering, and since they’re not a restaurant that’s open for business outside of events, they don’t do tastings and they don’t let us take the leftovers home. Sounds shady, I know, but I trust the reviews on yelp.
The caterer we were considering before this venue had great reviews too, but it was a small business and had a really weird tasting policy: they brought tastings to your home, and they could deliver to 2-3 clients a week. This means I was put on a looong waiting list; no contact for 3 months and they FINALLY called and said they were ready to deliver to me in a week’s time. Really? 3 months? And they got my name and info completely wrong. Is it bad that I scheduled it knowing I wouldn’t go with them out of spite? Don’t worry, I ended up canceling on them.