(Closed) $50/Couple for Wedding FoodTasting?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Never heard of paying for a tasting.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m expecting to have to pay, but we probably won’t do a tasting. We’ve eaten there many times before.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Usually you don’t have to pay for a tasting, but I believe it’s generally just an entree and a few appetizers.  Being able to taste them all like that in a party atmosphere with other couples you can potentially compare other vendors with and get some ideas from.  I think it’s worth the money.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve never heard of this either.  Our tasting was set up for four people privately, so we brought our wedding planner and a friend.  If we chose to have additional guests attend with us, it would have been $110 per head.  I totally understand that, but the bride and groom paying for it too? That’s strange!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Mine was $100, and up to 4 people could attend. 

My caterer offers a bazillion options so they had to custom make exactly what we wanted at the time we wanted it.  I was fine with this, and the $100 goes toward our final bill.  Plus the food was insane (2 salads, 6 appetizers, 4 sides, 5 entrees) so we defintely got our $25pp worth 🙂  It was awesome.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

It’s pretty common actually. A pain but pretty common.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’d just like to add that I don’t think this is so strange – I mean think about it, the tasting is an interview.  You don’t know if you’re going to book with that particular caterer, and you might also be tasting/interviewing several others.  You could easily not go with them… so why should these caterers spend their time, money and energy on something that they don’t get paid for?

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My tasting was $600 for 5 people – but it was a private tasting where we sampled 7 or so passed apps, multiple entree and side selections, multiple desserts along with wine. We were there for approximately 3 hours, met with the chef, went over all of the details and received top notch attention. The $600 was also applied to our final bill. I don’t think it is unreasonable to charge for a tasting.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

We had no charge for ours and they made us enough food to feed an army. They were all the entree selections as well as ones we were on the fence about. I asked, and they looked at us like we were crazy. I think it should be part of doing business, and have never heard of anyone paying for it.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yup, we had to pay for our tasting.  I think it was $20/person.  Plated as it would be served, so we only got to try ONE thing per person.  We went with my parents so we ordered 4 different things and had it family style so we could try it all.  And they had a beef night and chicken night, so we had to go twice.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We paid for our tasting, and my friends also paid for theirs. Our wedding is at a very cute Inn that does a lot of wedding receptions, so it’s not a banquet hall and my friends’ wedding was at a golf club. My other friends were married at a banquet hall, so their tasting was free.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

Its not unheard of but it does seem reasonably priced.

@eupenmalmody: $600 on the other hand seems really steep, its lucky that you went with them otherwise you would have lost that money.

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