- Ms Bookworm
- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
A couple weeks ago, my fiance, my parents, and I did a tasting with a potential caterer. It cost $20/person, $40 of which will be taken off our bill if we book them. We were able to try two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts (we want a dessert buffet instead of a traditional cake). Everything was great, except one of the entrees (roasted vegetable lasagna) was not. We didn’t hate it, but it was served with a cream sauce & we would like red sauce. We told the catering coordinator that we wanted a couple modifications made to the lasagna (spinach instead of squash, and red sauce), and she said that was no problem.
A few days later, she sent over a revised proposal, and when I responded telling her it looked great but that we would like to taste the lasagna with the changes, she replied saying:
Typically, we do not allow second tastings, as they are so expensive to arrange (labor, extra product, etc.), but I spoke with our director and if you wanted to come in and try the lasagna once more, that would be fine. The only issue there is that because they are so expensive to put on, I am once again required to charge ‘tasting fee’ of $20.00.
I guess I am surprised by this. I was under the impression (perhaps incorrectly?) that caterers do second tastings quite often if they need to modify a dish to make it right. I know $20 isn’t much, but as I’m sure you understand, every little thing really adds up!
I have really enjoyed working with this caterer so far, and my contact has been very professional, friendly, and responsive. We want to book them, but I just don’t feel comfortable about serving the lasagna if I haven’t tasted it. The first go-round was really not very good…
What do you ladies think? Is it normal to charge for a second tasting, especially the full price when all we want to try is one item? I don’t really know how to respond…
Thanks in advance!