(Closed) Did you sample the food?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are doing a tasting, but I’m not sure how extensive it will be.  We’re still working that out with our venue (they do their own catering).

Post # 4
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16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Yeah, sampling is pretty normal, especially if you’re choosing among caterers.

Post # 5
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5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We did a tasting, yes. I would not have felt comfortable choosing a caterer without trying the food.

Post # 6
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13015 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I sampled every single item on our menu, from every single appetizer to each of the three meals.  I wouldn’t have signed a contract without tasting all the food that they would be serving.

Post # 8
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2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We actually didn’t sample ours…we were living in a different city and we couldn’t arrange a time for it. It all turned out great though!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our venue included catering, and the owner brought us a couple of plates of samples from a wedding they were doing later that day when we visited last fall.  Everything was yummy, and it was from the most inexpensive option, which was comforting lol.  We are going to the official tasting this weekend – I am so excited!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I booked without tasting, will do one closer to the date.  My caterer had tons of good reviews and was recommended by venue, so I felt comfortable without a tasting.

Post # 12
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3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We only looked at venues with in house caterers, so we were only able to get a tasting after we signed the contract. It did kind of suck, and we were basing it on wedding wire reviews. The reviews didn’t lie though!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We booked our venue before sampling the food as it’s a destination wedding, but we flew over to sample quite a few dishes to put together the final menu.

Food is really important to us so we made it a priority to ensure we were happy with the quality, portions and presentation.

Also, it gave us a feel for the chef and level of service. He turned out to be fantastic and really flexible when we weren’t keen on certain things – he would give us suggestions on how he could change things up until we were happy. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We didn’t have a tasting in advance. We had a cocktail reception at a Scottish restaurant/tavern and I knew the food was good. But I wish we would have done the tasting anyway because once I caught sight of the food circulating at the reception, I freaked.

I thought we had ordered plenty and even a little extra, but everything was so TINY. The bruscetta was about 1 inch square and everything else was child-size too.

Nobody was rude enough to complain, but it bothers me to this day and I really wish I had asked to at least SEE some samples. Lol

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

We had to go with the onsite caterers at our reception venue, so no advance tasting. But we did do menu planning and then a tasting a month before to select the exact dishes. It was covered in the package we selected.

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