Post # 1
I live in Cali, and my wedding will be in Michigan. I let them know almost a year ahead of time that I wanted my menu tasting to be this December, but they refused saying they don’t do menu tastings in December because their kitchen is busy from the holidays. So I’m staying with my parents in Michigan almost a week longer than I otherwise would so I can do a January tasting (and not have to fly back in the spring before my June wedding)
That’s all fine and dandy.
Noooow I find out that they only will prepare 2 entrees for the tasting!!! What?? They allow us to present 2 entree options to the guests, so I don’t undertand how this is a tasting, this is a pick-your-2-entrees-and-make-sure-they-don’t-suck. Does that make sense to you all? When you did your tastings, did you get to try out all the options or just a couple?
If it weren’t for the fact that we’re forking over a huge amount of dough for this venue/catering, I wouldn’t be complaining but for the price I expected more.
Sigh. Rant over.
Post # 3
Sounds like maybe you need to look into other caterers to fork your money over to? This sounds absurd. That’s not really much of a tasting.
Post # 4
@rosewater7: That sounds shady. At my tasting, we could taste 2 chickens, 2 beef, and 2 fish entrees, and our menu will have one of each.
Though I will say that of the 2 fish entrees we tasted, we ended up asking our coordinator her opinion on 2 other entrees we didn’t taste, and we ended up picking one of those options that we didn’t taste. So maybe at your tasting, if you don’t like one of the options, it narrows your choice to something else you may not have actually tried?
Sorry you have to deal with the added stress, good luck!
Post # 5
That does sound a bit weird, but unfortunatley I can’t really help you with what’s “normal”. All the venues here make you choose one set menu for everyone (no “beef/pork/chicken/fish/veggie” here!), so we chose an appetizer reception, and they don’t even offer tastings for those! : /
Post # 6
I was only allowed to try 3 items and we have 11 dishes (buffet). So unless it was layed out in a contract that you would get more than the 2 tries… there isn’t much you can do other than kindly see if they would accomdate a tasting of 1 or 2 more dishes.
Post # 7
Yea, I guess this is something I should have thought about before signing the contract. We booked our venue through a special pricing/menu they offer for Friday weddings, saving us many thousands of dollars, so I wonder if they give Friday people less flexibility. Apparently this is a private tasting where the chef prepares the plates just for us and explains everything during the process. If you ask me though, I’d rather do away with that stuffiness and just get to try a couple bites of everything!
I think we’ll pick one of the chicken dishes, and the filet mignon. And perhaps try to persuade them to let us try one of the fish options. I feel like fish isn’t a universal people pleaser, so I don’t think I’d go with it in the end.
This place is supposed to serve amazing food, so I’m consoling myself by saying that everything will taste good anyway…hopefully.
Post # 8
Sigh…must continue venting…sorry, all. We decided we definitely wanted the steak option, but couldn’t choose between chicken or fish. So, I asked if we could try all 3. The venue coordinator responded that their chef was in a bad mood because he was prepping for an 800 person event, and she’d wait to ask. My reaction – that really doesn’t concern me – and I felt like my 150 person wedding had just been downgraded and put on the back burner.
Annnd the kicker – to taste the 3rd entree want to charge us an extra $50!! Are you joking?? That’s a drop in the buck to what I’m already paying them – I can’t believe they’d ask for it! Obviously it’s not a ton of money, but it’s the principle of the matter that really bothers me.
At this point it’s a little to early in the game for me to start complaining and speaking my mind to them – I want to stay on the staff’s good side. But, come post-wedding time, all of this will get documented in a weddingwire review! I really hope this pattern doesn’t continue with my venue.
Post # 9
Hmm, we got to pick two to try from a list of six options, but we only had one entree at the actual wedding, so it wasn’t a “make sure they don’t suck” thing. Haha!
I do find it a bit unprofessional that they’d a) tell you the chef is in a bad mood rather than just “I’ll check later and get back with you,” and b) charge you $50 for the third entree. I understand they have policies, but it seems silly after all the other money you’re giving them!
Post # 10
We are serving 2 entrees and got to choose 2 first plates and 2 second plates for tasting… ending up with 1 of each. It was a sit down meal similar to a restaurant (or how our guests will be served.) The tasting was free, but we had pretty much already signed with them, so I’m sure the cost will be tacked on somewhere.
If you dislike what you taste perhaps they will set up a second tasting?
I think more people like chicken than fish though I suppose that depends on the preparation and your guests.
Post # 11
Do you think that if you offered to pay them they would make you additional entrees? I’m not saying you should have to pay. I think it’s pretty unfair. But that way you miight get more selection and have an actual “tasting.”
Post # 12
That’s how ours was. We just got to taste what we’d actually serve our guests. So we tasted 2 sides, 2 entres, 1 salad, 1 dessert.
Post # 13
Ours is similar to this…there’s 9 total entree options adn we pick three, and we get to serve 3 at the reception. So it’s kind of a “jus tmake sure you like it” type of thing, I guess it isn’t really a full-on tasting.
We do get to taste multiple varieties of wine though, yay!
Post # 14
Well, now that I’ve calmed down then… 🙂
It sounds like this try-what-you-serve thing isn’t too abnormal, based on what some of you are saying. It was just very counter to my expectations, especially based on what all my friends had told me their tastings where like! Anyway we ended up picking steak and chicken, hopefully the tasting goes well!
Post # 15
@rosewater7: If you know you’re getting steak, but you can’t decide between chicken or fish, then have the tasting be the chicken and fish!
That’s what we did- – we had 4 options to serve our guests, and were only allowed to taste 4 things! (Out of 10-12 entrees.) There were 2 steak entrees, so I went with the one that a friend of mine had gone with with the same caterer, (she had tasted both beefs,) and we knew we wanted a salmon option, and the only pasta option, so then we got to taste 3 of the chicken options!
Post # 16
For our tasting, we got to choose four appetizers (out of the six or seven planned for our menu), one entree (out of the three choices we’d offer our guests), and either salad or dessert. Additional tastings (as in, coming back at a later time for a similar selection) would have been $50 a person.
It was really less about choosing which items to serve than about making sure we liked the chef’s general style and taste.