Post # 1
After touring many rustic wedding venues, we finally settled on the Stone house at Temecula Creek Inn. It had everything we were looking for, beautiful location, plenty of room to move around and convenient hotel rooms to retire to at the end of the night. The only thing that is preventing us from booking the venue is that they will not let us do a tasting of their menu before we have made all the deposits. The tasting can only be done 3 months prior to the actual wedding date, which really ended up frustrating us since the required amount we have to spend on food and beverage is at least $15,000.00. Since we’ll be spending so much, we don’t want to end up with mediocre to sub-par tasting food.
Ladies i need help! Has anyone had or attended a wedding there that can give me an honest review of their food? Any feedback on appetizers, main dishes and desserts would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@monie42: I don’t know if you went yesterday to the engagement party but they had previews of their food, AMAZING! The chef at the Temet Grill on site is who created the menu as well and prepares it. I’ve eaten there numerous times and I’m getting married there this October as well. Don’t be nervous, the chef is wonderful, I’ve never had a bad experience with them!
Post # 4
It is quite normal for your tasting to be done right before sending out invitations, so about 2-4 months out is normal. This way, the available menu is most up to date with the current chef/staff, and is closest to the seasonal food that could be available for your date, and so you can pick the food you will be serving so you can put it on your response cards. Almost no company will do tastings earlier than that, if they do, they are doing you a huge favor.
Just know, banquet food is never as good as plate by plate service, but it can be done well, as long as you recognize it’s banquet food. But before deciding on the venue/caterer, you really should have read as many reviews as possible all over the internet, looked up photographer blog posts, etc. THere are tons of ways to determine if the food will be ok, but remember also, tastes are subjective and vary person to person as well. Good for you may be yuck for me.
DOn’t worry, it will be fine!
Post # 5
@monie42: hi there! i too am getting married at TCI in october and my tasting is next week…you can actually taste up to 6 months in advance. i’d be happy to report in and let you know how things go. best of luck to you!
Post # 6
@SoCalBride2013: I’m getting married here in October too and we’re doing our tasting in a few weeks! How funny :]
Post # 7
I stayed there last weekend for a pseudo bachelorette/ wine tour thing. It was great. You’ll be very happy.