(Closed) Charged for Tasting- we were told it was free

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Is it possible you were charged because you had to reschedule the first tasting? Depending on how much notice you gave the guy, he may have already purchased and prepared some (if not, all) of the food which in turn had to be thrown away because you didn’t show. If this was the case, I would expect him to charge you for the tasting if you chose not to go with him.

$187 does seem pretty steep though. Our tasting was free for up to 4 people and we could bring more for $40 p/person but we also paid $100+ p/head at our wedding so the food we sampled was quite extensive.

Post # 5
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oh, I read it that it was your Fiance who forgot. Nevermind, then.

Do you have anything in writing stating that the tasting was free? I’d just email the guy and ask why you were billed since you were under the impression that the tasting was free. If the terms were that it was only free if you chose to go with him, that was never disclosed to you so you’d have no way of knowing that. If he insists on you paying, you can either cough up the money or ignore his request. I doubt he guy will take you to small claims court over $187. It’ll cost way more in the long run than just cutting his losses.

Post # 6
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

That seems outrageously high. Our venue charges an additional $50 if we want to bring other family members in. That seems normal.

But $187? What a random amount. I would ask for an itemized bill, actually.

If they don’t have your social security #, which I hope you didn’t give them since you didn’t go to contract with them, it won’t show up on your credit report.

They can take you to small claims court if you don’t pay.

You can always try to haggle them down. 

Post # 8
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

This happened to my SIL with a wedding planner.  She was supposed to do a “free” consultation, and then sent her a bill (I forget how much).  She kept harassing my SIL, and threatening to take her to court, so she ended up paying her.  The consultation was at SIL house, she even went to her door!

Anyway, if it was ME, no way on gods green earth would I be paying that bill.

Post # 9
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What??! I would NOT pay that bill.

Post # 10
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Thats insane. I wouldnt pay it. You told me it was free and now your charging me an arm and a leg? I dont think so.

Post # 12
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I came across a few caterers who offered a free tasting, but charged nominally if you didn’t sign a contract with them – like $25 or something. I think the amount he’s charging is high but I don’t think the idea is outrageous.  Don’t respond, and if gou get another letter tell him you will pay for one plate because he messed up the seafood appetizer thing but you’re pissed because this wasn’t made clear.

Post # 13
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

around where i live, tastings are never free unless you already sign on with the venue/caterer etc. 

at least the ones i looked into, which was alot.

lesson learned, always reconfirm or get things in writing.


just explain to him that you were NOT impressed with how he handled everything(forgetting appointment/your allergy/and “forgot” you had discussed it was free) and see how he is with that.  If he’s a jerk, just suck up the cost and move on.   i know you don’t want to but sometimes it’s better to do that then to deal with a bigger issue later on because of it. 

Post # 14
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

I would definitely ask him for an itemized list for how it comes up to $187 for 2 people for a tasting. Also ask him if he added gold to any of the dishes?

Post # 15
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If he continues to be a jerk about it make sure to leave a review about how he conducts himself on Yelp and Google!

Post # 16
777 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Wow. It was pretty shitty of him to bill you after claiming it was going to be free. If I were you, I’d probably pay half of the bill (your FI’s) and enclose a note saying that since he carelessly put your health at risk by serving you something to which you’d notified him you have a severe allergy, you won’t be paying for your tasting. I feel like that’s pretty hard to argue with. That or give him a call expressing your displeasure at being billed for a tasting you were told was going to be free and letting him know that you’ll be posting reviews of your experience on the interwebs.

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