(Closed) CATERER When do we get to taste?

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Call them and ask when you’ll have a tasting. Tell them you’d like references and call those people before you book them. Also, you can offer to pay for a tasting before you book, maybe they would do that.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wouldn’t book a caterer that makes me pay for a tasting. That should just be part of the process, before you even put a deposit down. After picking a preliminary menu, just email or call and say, "This all looks so delicious! When can we schedule a tasting?"

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We had a full tasting with our caterer before we signed a contract or put down a deposit.  Initially, we emailed with the caterer to confirm availability and narrow down the menu choices, given our budget and the timing of our wedding (they do seasona menus based on what will be fresh & local).  Once we had that, we coordinated a date for a tasting.  

Beware of caterers who refuse to do a tasting or who charge you for it.  While it’s not unheard of to charge for a tasting, it could be a bad sign. If they are busy on weekends, they should still be able to accommodate you – perhaps an early or late tasting?  Check in with them to find out what they would suggest.  Sundays may be a less busy day or even a Friday night (if you can manage to get yourselves out there on a Friday night).

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’ve never had a tasting until after I booked a caterer, but I’ve also never booked a caterer I wasn’t familiar with. I guess we’ll see this time, since we’re doing a destination event. I always assumed the tasting was done afterwards. You learn something new everyday.

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