Post # 1
So I thought that when you do the tasting for your reception food, you basically taste all of the options and then choose which ones you want to serve. I just found out from my venue that we only get to try two entrees–total!! I replied, “I’m confused. The dinner buffet will have three options. We can only try two beforehand?” She replied, “The tasting is for items you are unsure of, not to try all of what you will be serving that evening.” She offered to let us try 3 instead of two.
WTF? What is the point of that? I’m so annoyed/disappointed. We’ll be spending almost $10,000 on the reception venue–they can’t let us taste all the options?? (BTW, there’s only like ten buffet options to begin with.)
Is this normal? I’m tempted to throw a fit but I don’t want there to be any bad blood on my wedding day.
Post # 2
I think it depends on the venue and what their policy is. Do they offer other ways for you try the food- such as a bridal expo they host there, etc…?
Post # 3
That seems pretty normal to me. We tasted the three options we thought we would go with – they did make two pasta versions because we were asking for something that they don’t usually make, but in general, they are having you taste what you plan to serve.
Post # 4
Also, take a look at your contract and see where it says you can only try 2 or 3 of the entrees. If it is not in writing, I would try to see if they can give you a sample of EACH option as this is what you were expecting.
Post # 5
I unfortunately didn’t get to go to my tasting, but sent my mom and sister instead. Our full menu includes 8 hors d’oeuvres, two dinner stations, and 5 mini desserts, but the tasting included 3 hors d’oeuvres, the two main meat options from each dinner station, some of the side components from teh dinner stations, and three desserts, and these were all based off of our pre-selected menu. So yes, that sounds about normal to me.
Post # 6
I’m not sure how normal that is. We got to pick from a list of potential items and we tasted everything that wlill be served. Down to our midnight snack…
Post # 7
Seems logical to me- like, if you know you’re not serving steak, why bother tasting it? Same as if you know you’re serving the one chicken dish, no matter what, why bother tasting it? Life isn’t like wedding shows where caterers have time to cook you one serving of 10 different meals, sorry to say. Definitely not worth throwing a fit over.
Post # 8
That’s normal?? (My brother’s venue had an event where they got to try a little of everything.)
I don’t see the point in going just to taste entrees we’ve already decided on. What if we don’t like the food?
Post # 9
I guess it depends on who is catering! We are having a restaurant cater our reception and they made everything on their catering menu for us to try, in HUGE quantitie, like they sent is home with leftovers enough for both of us for 2 days. But, just like any other vendor, not every place will do things exactly the same, and if it was important for you to try the whole menu you should have asked!
Post # 10
We only did a tasting to see if we liked our caterer’s food. We didn’t try every item we served. Your experience is normal, I think.
Post # 11
Unless the venue is holding a big group event where multiple couples come in and taste food, generally you have to choose a few. I think we were able to choose 5 entrees and maybe 6 sides to try.
Post # 12
I guess it depends on the venue’s policy. We just had our tasting in January and we were able to taste all of the first, second, and main course items as well as most of the potential add-on stations. I’m really picky so being able to taste pretty much everything was a must for me!
Post # 13
Yeah, venues get to dictate their policy – it’s in their contract, I’m sure.
Our venue had us pick two entrees out of like 8 to try, and none of the stuff from our cocktail hour. I initially had a problem with it but I had to move on. Tasting the entrees is so important, even if you normally like the dish. For instance, at our tasting we were dead set on a Chicken Roulade. We tasted it and NO. Just no. So sometimes that definitely helps the couple out.
If you venue has open tastings for incoming couples, I would be on that like white on rice.
Post # 14
My caterer has over 30 options for mains alone — it would have been a crazy waste of food to try even a third of those, let alone all of them. We’re trying four at our tasting.
I think it’s different when there’s a big tasting event, because then the caterer’s preparing food for a crowd and it’s not a waste. I think the trade-off compared to a private tasting is that you don’t get to choose the date or time, and they probably can’t pay as much attention to you since there’s a whole room of people being catered to.
Personally, I prefer the idea of a private tasting, and I think it’s reasonable for them to ask us to make selections off their menu instead of demanding to taste every single option.
I can understand your disappointment if you were led to believe otherwise by the caterer (as in they explicitly said you’d get to taste everything). We made a point of asking all our potential caterers about how they conducted tastings, but they were also all really straightforward about it.
Post # 15
We only got to taste 3 entrees. No hors d’ouevres or anything. I think it’s fairly normal. You cant expect them to make a tiny bit of each thing just for you….that’s a waste of time and money.