(Closed) Food Tasting: How much did you request to try?

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

To simply answer your questions:

1. Over two tastings: 6

2.  Over two tastings: 6

3.  Over two tastings: 2 – beef-brothy mashed and garlic mashed. 


Our caterer was a little weird (I guess, skimpy?) in that she said her normal tastings were to try two entrees and three hors d’ouevres…I found that hard to work with when we’re serving THREE entrees and will probably pass FOUR hors d’ouevres.

In the end, I asked to try a chicken, a fish, and lamb, and three appetizers, but we were only really impressed with 2 out of 6.  That prompted me to schedule a SECOND tasting (a different chicken, beef, and a different fish and 3 more apps), which I think cost us to do, but it was a lot more successful the second-time around.

Regarding the meats, I think it’s best to figure out WHICH in general you want to serve.  Pick things that you’d actually serve and that you think your guests would choose, so that the tasting helps you decide exactly what you want.  Tastings determine a lot of different things: the actual quality/taste of the food (which may include a variety of sauces), appearance (how it looks on a plate), and what’s a "safe" choice for your guests.  [ex: I really like trout, but most guests would probably choose a whitefish or salmon over trout, AND trout doesn’t look as pretty…]

If you’re not thrilled with potatoes, don’t do them.  There are a lot of different starches you could use: rice, pasta, risotto, sweet potatoes, etc.  And if you just want to have a classic choice of potato, go with mashed or garlic mashed. Ask your caterer what other options you have besides the potatoes?

It IS a lot of food, so go hungry!


Post # 4
78 posts
Worker bee

I would try at least one or two more choices than you will have at your wedding. For example, if you will have two entree choices and three hors d’oeuvres, you should try 3 or 4 entrees and 4 or 5 hors d’oeuvres choices, just in case you find you don’t like some of your choices. It seems like you’ve picked more than enough choices to try 🙂

Post # 5
67 posts
Worker bee

my venue invites all the brides of the next 3 months or so to a tasting, so i had tried everything offered! then i had a sit down and had them AGAIN when we made our final decisions!!

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