Post # 1
I’m a little clueless on food tastings. The only one I’ve ever been to/heard of was my sister’s, and it was at a venue where you had to choose their caterer. We will be looking at several caterers; does the tasting come before selecting them, or vice versa? Stupid question, I know.
Post # 3
Typically the tasting happens AFTER you select a caterer, and not only that but after you’ve selected your menu as well. Tastings are primarily to make sure you are happy with your final selection, to make any changes to the taste of a specific plate, and to look at the presentation of the food itself.
Things to make sure you look out for at a tasting: Colors of the food on the plate (you don’t want all brown food for example). The taste variety of the plates (make sure there is a little something for everyone). And finally, making sure that you have all your food bases covered (protein, veg, starch, sauce).
Post # 4
Most of the ones that were caterers-only had tastings before you booked them. At least, most of the major ones around here had general tastings they offered 4-5 times a year. Anyone could come and it was just a general sampling of what they offered whether or not you had booked them.
I would just ask them if they offer them before. If they do, then I would go with that.
Post # 5
@MoonlitMagnolia: Our venue let you choose the caterer and all caterers allowed a tasting before you booked them. I wouldn’t have been able to choose a caterer without a tasting first. I’m so glad we did them because some caterers, despite sounding awesome, were not good.
Post # 6
In my town caterers work both ways. Some of them have options available for you to taste before you decide to go with them – but these are typically restaurants that are able to prepare a plate quickly. Also they expect you to purchase the food you are tasting but I know a few places that discount it if you go with them.
The caterers that aren’t restaurants typically demand you sign with them before you actually taste their foods. For them the tasting is just about picking the menu not about picking them.
So I guess it really just depends on where you are getting the food from.
Post # 7
There are places that really do offer tastings?
I’ve heard of them, but NONE of my vendors did them!
Post # 8
@BrandNewBride: Must just be a Boston thing… LOL. Often in Boston you do have to pay for a tasting as well.
Post # 9
We booked the caterer and then had the tasting.
Post # 10
I think it depends on the caterer, but I would definitely ask to have a tasting before booking. How would you know you like their food if you’ve never had it before?
Post # 11
Thank you so much! Looks like the best thing to do is ask each caterer.
Post # 12
We had a tasting after we booked our caterer. It is a restaurant we love, and I knew I already loved the food, but they insisted we did a tasting to taste dishes we haven’t had before. We had 5 of us there and we had enough leftovers from it for a week of lunches. We were glad we did the tasting- we choose dishes we never would have without tasting.