Post # 1
How many dishes were you allowed to sample at your tasting?
The package for our caterer includes 5 passed appetizers at cocktail hour and a buffet for dinner (2 entrees, 1 vegetarian option, 1 starch and 1 vegetable). I assumed we would be able to sample a number of options at our tasting and choose what we like best. Instead we’ve been told to choose the same number of apps, entrees, etc for the tasting as we’re allowed for the wedding. Am I missing something here? If I’m only allowed to taste the same number of entrees as I’m ultimately allowed to serve at the wedding, what’s the point of the tasting? Maybe I’ve watched too many episodes of “Platinum Weddings” where they’re given a million samples to choose from!
Is this normal?
Post # 3
I went to two different tastings, one by myself and my wedding consultant and one with my fiance.
At the first one, I had already told my consultant (who talked to the caterer) some of the meal choices I was looking into. Well the caterers had served most of those options plus lots more. I think we had about 10 different things on the plate (small portions). Pretty neat. And I could’ve asked for other things too. What also helped is that the caterers were doing two other tastings that day, so they could make multiple choices because there were people to eat them.
At the second place (does a pig roast….) they provided all the meat choices (roast pork, roast beef and roast turkey) plus at least five to seven sides. By the way, a slow roast pork is AWESOME and tender.
Most of the generic stuff like salads and fruit sides neither caterers had served because there’s not much difference from one place to another.
Post # 4
That doesn’t make any sense. When I went to our tasting, we got to try more than what we were planning on serving so that we could pick what we liked best out of what they had to offer. For example, we were going to have 2 appetizers during cocktail hour (we’re allowed to bring some of our own) and we got to sample 5 that we were interested in. They had 25+ appetizers to pick from. I wouldn’t have asked to try them ALL, just that ones that we were strongly considering. You should be allowed to try your favorites so you can make an informed decision. Otherwise, they might as well have a set menu for you. You may want to ask them what happens if you try something and don’t like it….will they offer you a second tasting? The possibility of a second tasting just might push them to allow to you try your favorites…good luck!
Post # 5
I was allowed to sample anything from the menu- given that we had signed the contract and placed the deposit. My caterer was quite willing to work with us. I would look for personal reviews or caterers who are recommended by your venue. The people who work at the venues see the behind the scenes actions.
Post # 6
i think it’s normal… sometimes the caterers arrange tastings where the entire community can sample their food selection.. do the caterers you are meeting with have that as an option?
Post # 7
It sounds normal to me. I think different caterers do different thing, i.e. some offers free samplings, and others charges a fee for it, etc. The general conseus from the caterers that we talked to is that the purpose of the sampling is for you get the confidence that they have the skill to do a good job, not so much for you to pick which dish to pick. For one of the sampling we went to, we had the same number of appetizers as what we are having for our wedding, and my Fiance and I had different entrees (we are having 2 entree choices), plus a 3rd vegetarian entree, 2 differnt salads to pick one from. That is pretty much what we are having for the wedding, so it sounds normal to me.
Post # 8
How are you suppose to choose if you cant taste your options?
Post # 9
@The same way you choose when you go to a restaurant. But of course if the caterers are good, you would like whatever you choose, so for us, we ended up saying yes to everything we picked, except for a veggie dish. 🙂 Like I said, different caterers do different things. Some do private tastings, and some do group tastings, where there are more options to taste.
Post # 10
A lot of caterers do not even offer a formal tasting for a buffet style menu, as it’s difficult to recreate those dishes on a small scale & have them turn out the same. If there is something that you’re absolutely dying to try in addition to whatever options you have for the tasting, just ask. Can’t hurt.
Post # 11
I think that sounds pretty normal. For our tasting, we didn’t have any choice in the entrees that we were served. The venue only does two tastings a year and they’re for EVERYONE who has booked an event for the next 6 months! They served a variety of items, but we had no control over the selections. In fact, because we didn’t like any of the chicken dishes at the tasting, we ended up choosing something that we had never tasted before. They also had no side dishes to taste, so we had to choose those all on our own, too. Luckily, I had attended events there before, so I knew the food was all great, but still! It was stressful!
Post # 12
We were given like 7 options to choose from. We were allowed 2 options and we tasted 3.
Post # 13
For both of the tastings we went to we tasted 2 appetizers, 2 salads/soups, and 2 entrees (meat, vegetable, and starch on each plate). We just picked the options we were most interested in to taste in order to make sure we liked them. Our tastings were also free, though, and we hadn’t signed contracts with either caterer, so that might have had something to do with it.
Post # 14
most venues won’t offer significant sized tastings unless you’ve signed a contract. The hotel I work at offers “Grand Tastings” where all of the brides and grooms (up to 4 people can attend free with the bride and groom) these are the couples who have contracts already, the setup is a buffet that show cases all of the food off the catering menu (plated dinners) so they can try everything. The salads are served to them at the tables, they are allowed to choose 2 different styles. Wedding vendors are present to answer questions about linens, flowers, music and photography. Higher priced wedding packages offer private tastings.
Post # 15
nyc brides – what was your tasting like? mine is coming up (contract already signed) and like some other posters, we’ve been asked to select the same # of entrees, appetizers, etc that we will serve at the wedding.
i’m sure all the food is greatand we have a sense of what we want anyway, but it seems like with all the money we are spending that they could let us sample a lot of things in order to decide! i would love to know if i am being unreasonable or if this is totally normal, especially for nyc venues.