Is it common to charge for tastings?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our tastings were free for 4 people – so my FI and I and then if we brought two other people they were covered, too. Anymore than 4 people would be an additional $25 per person.

Our cake tasting was free, too. We got to choose 4 flavors to try. If we wanted to try more we would have had to pay

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@allyfally:  Anywhere we have looked had free tastings. I think it is crazy and unfair to make someone pay to try something that they are going to be spending a small fortune on. If you’ve already booked and they know that they have your business, tastings should be complimentary. At least in my world, lol.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

All of our vendors offered complimentary tastings – both caterers we were deciding between and three different cake bakers.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@allyfally:  No, we had not booked with any of them.  I refused to pay out thousands of dollars when I wasn’t able to try the food first. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

Our cake tasting was free and we got to try about 10 flavors of cake and three to four different frosting options. This was before we booked with them.

Our reception food tasting was also free, we got to try four different dishes along with all the sides etc.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@allyfally:  our tasting was free for up to 4 people.  we went back a 2nd time to finalize some things and that was free also.

at one of the places i looked the bride and groom were free but every additional person was $100, it was a 5 star chef. 

we even had a small tasting at our rehearsal dinner place for no charge.

i find it unusual that you are being charged for the tasting since you already have a signed contract with them.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

All of our tastings were free.  Not sure if this is the norm or what, but it’s what we experienced.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Cake & catering were free. We tipped generously for both.  We had about 40 appetizers and mains to choose from so we ended up going back for a second tasting which I think was $50 pp (I thought it was totally fair for them to charge for our 2nd time.)

But a friend of mine got married in a golf club and they charged $125 PP for tasting…that’s like having the wedding all over again.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@allyfally:  Our cake was not booked. We were still ‘shopping’ around for a baker at the time.

Our venue is providing our food, so that was booked ahead of time.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper

@allyfally:  It is pretty common where I am for there to be a fee. I can understand why they do this especially for cake flavour requests. They need to bake a cake so you can try it and ingredients cost money.

At venues we looked at we were pretty much charged a restaurant meal price per person ($25-$35).

But I think in the long run it all evens out. The cost of complimentary tastings would be factored into your contract price at those venues.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our caterer does a free group tasting while private tastings are decidedly not free.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

The tasting with my caterer is free – if you book.  If you have the tasting before you book you pay for the tasting – the cost of the meal.  If you then decide to book it’s credited against your final invoice.

I’m not doing cake so I don’t know what’s normal there.

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