(Closed) What happened at your tasting??

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We had two tastings at our venue. The first tasting we tried all of our entree, appetizer and hor d’ouevre selections…the second tasting we tried about a dozen more hor d’ouevres. These tastings were NOT complimentary though – combined we spent about $600 to taste these few dishes!!!

With that said – the payments we made will be applied to our final bill.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My parents just went to my tasting today (the bad part of planning a destination wedding in your home country is that I miss all the pre-wedding fun!).  Totally different experience than you had — no charge for the tasting, and this was the presentation (unfortunately, they only remembered to take on picture!) 

We’re choosing “mini plates” for dinner (a total of 4 types, and people can have unlimited servings of whatever they want), so the center dish you see is a mini-pumpkin stuffed with a Brazilian shrimp dish.  It looks amazing!

https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=7e428eb513&view=att&th=1282295e7f831520&attid=0.1&disp=inline&realattid=f_g8aqp0ks0&zw

(and here’s a bit of trivia — see that weird looking fruit on the top left?  That’s a cashew fruit, the only fruit where the seed grows outside the fruit.  See the seed on the outside?  Looks familiar?  That’s the cashew nut — this is what it looks like before it’s roasted!)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My FI and I went to our first “tasting”, which was more of a menu consultation.  Since our venue is a restaurant, they can pretty much do whatever we want, so we gave them some idea of what we were looking for, went over some options, and the per person cost we were looking for, then they sent us a proposal menu.  We are going back next week for a testing of all of our appetizer selections and the cake tasting, but we won’t get to taste all of our buffet options prior to the wedding.  Since this is a restaurant that I love (I’ve never eaten something I didn’t like), I’m confident it’ll be OK

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I don’t get to have mine for quite awhile, but they told us how it will work.  Pretty much we get to choose 5 different menu options to taste.  It costs $300 and something, but the price is subtracted off our ultimate bill.

I wish they would let us pick more then five though!  Since we are having a 3 course meal (with 3 entre options), we’ll pretty much have to ‘pick’ what we want, and then just try them to make sure they are OK.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

FI and I had two tastings. FI’s favorite outing out of all the wedding planning…lol! At our tasting we got a small version of each item we wanted to try from their menu…so NO surprises on the day of. We really appreciated it, because some of the dishes sounded wonderful, but once we actually tasted them, we did alot of menu rearranging Smile

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Damn, the picture shows up fine in my computer!  Here it is again…  Sorry for that!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We went for a tasting at their shop/venue and they had a coordinator go through it with us. The table was set up like it would be at the reception (just generic picks, not ours) and for each course, the chef came to our table and explained everything before we tasted. We tasted appetizers, different entrees, side dishes, and desserts plus they served us wine! It was so fun! The food we tasted was a mix of things we asked for and their specialties. There was no charge and we went over potential contracts and things.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My tasting was similar, in a way. My mom and I went to the venue, and they had a sampler menu created for us. Basically there was a salad, a plate with about five entrees, and then cake (cake is made by the pastry chef there). 

I was a little less than pleased by this set up, because the venue knew I was planning on just doing a roving reception with multiple appetizers – no seated meal. So basically I had to choose the menu based on descriptions. However – the food was all delicious so it did reassure me that the food would be fantastic no matter what I chose! 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Our caterer is also from a restaurant so we went to the restaurant and met with the coordinator while tasting two of our 3 entrees (not the sides though) and 3 appetizers. Basically we already chose the menu and got to taste the things we chose based on what they normally have in the kitchen. One of our entree choices is prime rib but the restaurant only serves that on Friday since our tasting was on a Monday we could not taste that along with some of the apetizers that are not on the menu. We were happy with what we tasted but FI was still interested in the prime rib so we went to dinner on Friday and he ate it approvingly. We also did a tasting with a caterer we did not use. Again, we met with the coordinator and he had the complete menu prepared for us.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m excited we have our tasting next weekend!! We are doing it along with 2 other brides since we missed their “big spring tasting”. There has been no mention of upfront cost. This will be interesting to see what we end up having. We are going with their buffet for simplicity reasons. I hope we can try a bunch of different appetizers since we are going to be ordering an assortment of them Laughing

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

our venue is really small so they weren’t able to make all of the dishes just for us. but they did make some, and they served us a full meal. even though we didn’t get to taste OUR appetizers, they did give us one that they were serving that night. and we got to taste different chicken and salmons to figure out which we liked best, and some sides, but not everything. after eating the yummy food, i was confident that the wedding food would be awesome.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Actually I didn’t get an official tasting from my caterer. But I have had his food for almost 12 years so I know he makes really good food (even the food I don’t usually like). And then we just picked food that Fi and I generally like.

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