Hello fellow Brides! Question about Kurtz Beach Pasadena MD

posted 5 years ago in Annapolis and Eastern Shore, Maryland
Post # 3
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107 posts
Blushing bee

Hi! Unfortunately, I don’t have any experience to share, but I thought that I would at least reply to wish you luck – the Annapolis board seems to not be too active!  Hope someone can help you out!

 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I’ve been there as a guest. The food is mediocre… typical wedding food. The overall experience was nice. The view was lovely from every angle. The sound system was good, the dance floor was nice, and the parking was easy and free (always a plus).

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Kurtz Beach was one of the places I attempted to look at.  They don’t have someone always available to show you the place.  It’s like every other weekend, or like one weekend a month. This worried me because I wanted someone dedicated to my day, and if they aren’t always availabe that is what worried me.   This made it super difficult.  I’ve been there for weddings and the food is okay.  I ended up booking another venue that gave me a lot better value than what they would have.  If you need any help or have questions, let me know.  I contacted about 50 vendors in the area! 

Post # 6
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Wannabee

nickandjenn1111:  Hello, I’m considering Kurtz Beach as one of the options for our wedding venue. I saw your post on weddingbee and you mentioned you found other venue that provided you a lot better value. Could you share your experience and let me know what other venues you think have better value? Thanks. 

Post # 7
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Wannabee

We were assured the food would be of good quality and quantity; John stated, “don’t worry we’ve got this, we’ve been doing this for over 80 years”. We left confident on March 17, 2016 (final amount due) visualizing a delicious home cooked meal using recipes served for over 80 years; a meal that our guests would truly enjoy. John did not deliver. Ran out of zucchini and squash – substituted with green beans – serving size was 1/4 size piece and only 4 pieces spooned on plate – this is not a serving size. Ran out of parsley potatoes (no parsley or butter seen on potatoes and very very small (gum ball size) and given in limited amounts; 4 – 5 as a serving) – substituted instant mashed potatoes, John said he put out both; at no time during the dinner did we or the guests we spoke to see both types of potatoes provided. Roasted chicken (overcooked processed chicken breast or turkey breast) according to guests was dry and given in a limited amount – the gravy was very thick with no taste of Marcella wine – Marcella gravy does not look like gravy from a jar; this did. Pasta crab bake – was very dry and had no cream sauce and was over cooked – it looked like just pasta and crab cooked in water. The guests and myself tasted old crab. John told us it was their signature dish and had been served for years made with back-fin or lump meat baked with pasta in a cream sauce. Many guests took one bite and could not eat it. I’ve lived in Maryland all my life and I know when crab does not taste right. I’ve been eating it all my life. Roast beef was very thin and resembled roast beef sliced deli meat and served with gravy. We did ask what type of roast was being used and was told top round roast. It just did not look like that at all. The appetizer displays was not what John told us it would be. We asked John if they would be a tiered display for the five appetizers; meatballs, crab dip and other dips, vegetable, antipasto, fruit, cheese – he said yes and showed me it would be displayed in the entry area – there was no display just stuff on trays. I was told the staff started serving at 3:30 instead of 4:00. I had to go over to ask about why sausages instead of meatballs, I had to ask to have empty fruit and vegetable trays filled and the bread basket filled while guests were waiting to get something from the empty plates. Then the appetizers were being taken away before several tables were served and I had to ask for appetizers to be put back till all our guests were served appetizers. Later, I was told that it was being taken away because people arrived early (3:30) and that people around the appetizer table would interfere with announcing the wedding party. The appetizers were supposed to be at 4:00. I think the wedding party was to be announced at 5:00. This is not up to me. Someone should have been there to oversee the timing of events like we were told. We were to get a dessert display; there was no tiered display; only desserts on a tray. We were to get a variety of brownies, cheese cakes, cream puffs, and fruit tarts. There were no fruit tarts. What we received did not come from a bakery; it looked and tasted like frozen desserts from a box. According to John the tarts were molded. When I expressed my concerns to John the evening of the reception, he asked me if I attended a taste testing. He tried to make me feel like I did something wrong because I did not attend a taste testing. I was not told anything about taste testing. My daughter-in-law also confirmed the next day that no one told them about taste testing. You state that you provide taste testing, but it’s obvious from some of the reviews that you really don’t. Many of our guests said the food was poor. You did not deliver what you said we would receive for food. The food was of poor quality and quantity. The small amount of money that was returned to our son the night of the wedding after we complained does not compensate for everything that went wrong. There should be some additional compensation forth coming for the many things that were wrong with the food. The food is a huge part of the reception. It is a reflection on us. John and I talked about how important the food was. It is how we thank our guests. John told us not to worry that we would be very pleased. We (parents) paid 3/4 of the cost of the reception. After hearing negative feedback from our guests and inconsistencies with John’s statements, we asked to receive some compensation too. We were denied; it was OK to take our money, but John had no obligation to us since we were not on the contract.John admitted that there were problems, but it was a fluke. Ashley (coordinator) was not there to oversee everything. John was to be there too. John disappeared too. We had to wait a long time to speak to him about our concerns. If you are considering this venue, ask to taste the food. If they do not comply, then don’t book this venue. Use a credit card if you need to dispute the charges.

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