(Closed) How many caterers did you taste before deciding?

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: How many catering tastings did you do?
    None : (26 votes)
    57 %
    Just 1 : (14 votes)
    30 %
    2 : (5 votes)
    11 %
    3 : (0 votes)
    4 : (1 votes)
    2 %
    5 or more : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    All the places I’ve looked into dont have free tasting unless you’ve already decided on them and put a deposit. One place was actually going to charge us $40 each.

    So, none. XD

    Post # 5
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    8483 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @kateisstoned:  Our venue doesnt do catering, so these are all seperate from the venue.

    Post # 6
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    1101 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We haven’t done any yet.  But we will do as many as we can –for free.  If they want my business, I’ll be [email protected] if they want to charge me.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: Central Park

    We did our tastings at a bridal expo. Then we did one full tasting with the cterer we picked. The food turned out really good.

    Post # 8
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    5189 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @kateisstoned:  2. The first one was super fancy and gourmet but totally out of our budget (and dare I say out of our social class as well lol). The second one, which we are going with, has more common food but it tastes great and is much more affordable. 

    Post # 9
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    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    None, our venue had a preferred list. Out of the 15 different caterers, there were only 3 that werent scary expensive. They all had amazing reviews on their food/service, so we went for the one with the best value/most responsive coordinator.

    Post # 10
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    605 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

    Our venue had a preferred list as well. When we went to the venue’s open house, there was only one caterer there, on time and set up. About a half hour later, another caterer strolled in. We asked questions from both, but only caterer #1 had appetizers on hand to taste, while the other one brought fruit (really?) and some brownies.

    AND caterer #1 was cheaper than the other one by $5 to $10 per person.

    I checked out the Yelp reviews though to be sure before I decided that caterer #1 was fit for the event.

    Post # 11
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    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Our venue has a list of exclusive caterers, I think 4-5.  Of those, two are highly-rated by some wedding sites and one is one my wedding planner recommended, so that’s narrowed down to 3.  One of the highly-rated ones is also multiples of thousands more expensive than the other two, so I’m debating even tasting, especially since we tasted the least expensive and it was really good.  Torn between milking the system and…not.  😉

    So 2-3.

    Post # 12
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    2869 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We had pretty much decided on who we wanted, but did a tasting just to be sure.  I had a second tasting set up just in case, but ended up cancelling it once we tasted the amazing food from the first people.  If you’ve found your caterer, I don’t think there’s any reason to keep looking, personally 🙂

    Post # 13
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    495 posts
    Helper bee

    We are getting catering done by a restaurant within walking distance from our house. We tried (by that I mean got a meal at) another, similar (also in walking distance) restaurant after we tasted their great hummus at a farmer’s market, but in the end they were about twice the price per person, so we just went with what we knew we liked.

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We had a Destination Wedding, so doing tastings wasn’t an option. We chose a fine dining restaurant with excellent reviews, so we trusted that the food would be good.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    We only did a tasting with one caterer, however we actually ended up having two free tastings with the same caterer.

    We initially contacted him (he’s the chef of a local restaurant and on our venue’s “preferred caterers” list) and told him we’d be interested in working with him for our wedding.  We listed a few things we’d like to try from his catering menu, and he said he’d throw in a few additional options for us as well.  He was really nice (we asked if we could bring my fiance’s parents and my mom [who was in town at the time of our first tasting] along, and he was more than happy to have them), and the food was incredible.  We were sold immediately.

    After the tasting, we talked with him a little more about what we wanted.  He mentioned that although he’s Italian and specializes in Italian food, he’s been head chef at several types of restaurants and is comfortable making a variety of foods.  We mentioned that we really wanted to incorporate some Chinese style food into our menu if at all possible since we met in China, and he told us we could come in for a second tasting any time (we just had to give a bit of advance notice).  We were also interested in trying another menu option, and he said he’d make that for us as well.

    I couldn’t believe how awesome he was!  Everything was delicious, and his prices are actually quite reasonable.  It’s not cheap by any means (a huge portion of our budget is going towards the food), but it’s definitely a good value.  My fiance and I weren’t even remotely interested in trying any other places after our first visit with him, and we appreciated him even more after the second tasting since he was willing to make some Chinese style appetizers for us (crab rangoon and mini eggrolls, yum)!

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