Post # 1
I guess I’m naive about these things, but I always assumed tastings were either free or cheap. But I’m finding that they are not… Infact I’ve ran into two places that charge even more for tastings than they do for the actual cost if you hire them!
We’re going to a cake tasting on Friday. Their regular tasting is that they give you samples of 6 different flavors that they have baked for the day, but you have no say in what they are. You can request 3 flavors that you want to drive…. For a whopping $25! But if you hire them for making your cake, its only $3.75 a slice!
A catering place wanted $11 more than the price for each person if you had a tasting with them. For the exact same thing!
Post # 3
Our tastings were free for 4 people – so my FI and I and then if we brought two other people they were covered, too. Anymore than 4 people would be an additional $25 per person.
Our cake tasting was free, too. We got to choose 4 flavors to try. If we wanted to try more we would have had to pay
Post # 4
@allyfally: Anywhere we have looked had free tastings. I think it is crazy and unfair to make someone pay to try something that they are going to be spending a small fortune on. If you’ve already booked and they know that they have your business, tastings should be complimentary. At least in my world, lol.
Post # 5
All of our vendors offered complimentary tastings – both caterers we were deciding between and three different cake bakers.
Post # 6
Did you guys have them booked already when you had your tastings? I wonder if thats a factor? Maybe since they arent actually booked yet they think we’re just looking for a free meal.
Thankfully the catering we’re choosing is from a restaurant, so we’re already familiar with their food and dont need a tasting.
Post # 7
@allyfally: No, we had not booked with any of them. I refused to pay out thousands of dollars when I wasn’t able to try the food first.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Our cake tasting was free and we got to try about 10 flavors of cake and three to four different frosting options. This was before we booked with them.
Our reception food tasting was also free, we got to try four different dishes along with all the sides etc.
Post # 9
@allyfally: our tasting was free for up to 4 people. we went back a 2nd time to finalize some things and that was free also.
at one of the places i looked the bride and groom were free but every additional person was $100, it was a 5 star chef.
we even had a small tasting at our rehearsal dinner place for no charge.
i find it unusual that you are being charged for the tasting since you already have a signed contract with them.
Post # 10
All of our tastings were free. Not sure if this is the norm or what, but it’s what we experienced.
Post # 11
Cake & catering were free. We tipped generously for both. We had about 40 appetizers and mains to choose from so we ended up going back for a second tasting which I think was $50 pp (I thought it was totally fair for them to charge for our 2nd time.)
But a friend of mine got married in a golf club and they charged $125 PP for tasting…that’s like having the wedding all over again.
Post # 12
@allyfally: Our cake was not booked. We were still ‘shopping’ around for a baker at the time.
Our venue is providing our food, so that was booked ahead of time.
Post # 13
@ajillity81: We havent signed anything yet. I’m not commiting to any place without tasting them first, cause I’m extremely picky and have a sensitive stomach.
I do think its weird that so many places here charge you for tastings though.
Post # 14
@allyfally: It is pretty common where I am for there to be a fee. I can understand why they do this especially for cake flavour requests. They need to bake a cake so you can try it and ingredients cost money.
At venues we looked at we were pretty much charged a restaurant meal price per person ($25-$35).
But I think in the long run it all evens out. The cost of complimentary tastings would be factored into your contract price at those venues.
Post # 15
Our caterer does a free group tasting while private tastings are decidedly not free.
Post # 16
The tasting with my caterer is free – if you book. If you have the tasting before you book you pay for the tasting – the cost of the meal. If you then decide to book it’s credited against your final invoice.
I’m not doing cake so I don’t know what’s normal there.