Post # 1
Has anyone ever had their tasting and not been wowed?
I’m getting married in October, the venue has their own catering, and the food was just ok. Definetly edible.. just, bland! And the presentation wasn’t up to my liking. I’ve been very stressed as of late and my fiance said the food was fine. Although he also didn’t like the plates and thought the food looked ‘squished’ onto the plate.
We just had to send 40% of our balance.. about $10,000. I know that has a lot to do with my stress over the food. I felt like I should’ve been impressed and I wasn’t. I’m just venting here. Nothing we can do now!
Post # 2
Share your concerns with the chef, manager,coordinator or whoever your contact person is. Why not?
Post # 3
If it wasn’t that good at the tasting, I can’t imagine it will be better when they are making larger quantities. Is there any way to bring in an outside caterer?
Post # 4
No! Why send the deposit if you’re not happy with the tasting? The goal of the tasting is to impress you, and if you’re not happy, take your business elsewhere! Nobody should feel they have to settle for bland wedding food! You deserve more! 🙂
Post # 5
I would normally not book a place without a tasting. Since you are committed, I think you need to bring your very valid concerns to the head of catering. If you insist on another tasting and show them that the food matters to you, they may realize they are going to have to to do better.
Post # 6
You should tell them what you thought, so that they can either adjust their recipes or suggest alternate dishes that are more to your tastes.
Post # 7
For ten thousand bucks, I would be expecting wild boar with quince reduction, chrysanthemum greens and truffled new potatoes with a selection of fine French wines. For that kind of money “bland” doesn’t get a pass In My Humble Opinion…talk to the head of catering with your concerns, see if you can make adjustements to the menu or at least make them step up re: the quality of the food. I bet they’ll be very interested in making you a happy client.
Post # 8
So, am I reading this right? $10,000 is only 40% of the total bill? Fuck…
I would be expecting perfection for that amount.
Post # 9
What do you mean “nothing we can do now?” Of course there is! You tell your venue your concerns!
Post # 10
You call them and you tell them what is up! For that much money, you DESERVE a good meal!
What was wrong? No flavor, seasoning? Ask if you can do another tasting. Even if it costs you a dollar or two more. Food is one of the top 5 things people remember from a wedding, no joke. I still remember the uncooked potatoes I had to eat, 18 years ago… I was ten.
Post # 11
You’re paying a lot of money for this meal.. I would talk to the manager and chef about your concerns and see if there is anything they can change.
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2015 - Golf Course
I would definitely let your concerns be known! You’re certainly paying them good money, they should be doing everything they can to make you happy!
Post # 13
that’s a little unrealistic. OP should tell the venue her concerns so she can be happy with her food, but let’s not give her inflated expectations here. She said the venue has its own caterer which means that money isn’t just for food but the space, staff, furniture, etc. If you’ve paid for wedding catering you know it’s expensive even for the basic chicken and beef!
OP definitely talk to your contact person. They should want to make adaptations to make it satisfactory for you! Is it solely catering or do they have a restaurant they operate where you could maybe go for dinner and find something on the menu you like more?
Post # 14
I was being facetious…but a ten thousand dollar meal ought to be memorable for guests, and in a good way.