(Closed) Menu tasting?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@goingtotherooftopoflove:  Our venue holds events just for their brides and its almost like a mini wedding but with all the options served in miniature size. We got to taste everything. That is unusual to me, that you only can taste 2 options and you have to pay!!! So crazy! 

I would talk to them. We were also offered the option of coming on a night they were having a wedding and they would serve us whatever that wedding was serving (in a separate area of course) so we could taste and decide. They do this for free at my venue. 

Post # 4
22 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

That seems kinda odd to me that you don’t get to try more than 2?

We got to try 3 entrees and 3 mains when we did ours, in order to pick 2 from each for the night (no dessert as we’re just serving our cake). The venue’s wedding coordinator did say we couldn’t try the canapes because the kitchen simply couldn’t do it, but that was no big deal.

Also our menu tasting was free, not sure what the norm is but it seems like the venue really should offer a free tasting.

Post # 6
1868 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

At my venue, they have I think like 9 or 10 entrees. We had to pick three that we wanted to try for our tasting. They brought out a full serving plate of each and my parent’s and I just cut each into three. Fiancé and I are long distance so he couldn’t be there. The meat portion was the only thing that we had to “pick three of to try”. 

Then, we were able to try every vegetable as well as potato side dish. Again, they bring out one serving of each, and we split in three. There were, I think, 4 different sides of each one. 

We also were able to try all of the passed appetizer food. One of each on a tray. There was probably ten total. 

They also had a full dessert bar where we were able to try all of the dessert, as well as the chocolate fountain one. 

Oh, and two different kinds of wedding cake flavors. One being the one I (as well as my parents) fell in love with and ended up ordering. 

Of course, coffee and drinks (including alcoholic)

Needless to say, by the time we left, all three of us were stuffed. And I had my menu choices decided. 

ETA: In case you were wondering, our menu tasting was free. I would’ve been pissed and extremely annoyed if they actually would’ve expected any of us there to pay. 

Post # 7
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@goingtotherooftopoflove:  I think things are a little different in Australia to the USA.

What you have been told is what I was told when I was looking at venues in Melbourne. Though the $300 is a bit steep. We were told by most venues $50 a plate to try and that it was only the two that wanted. A few places offered more than 2 choices but again at $50 a plate. But the $$ came of the final bill if we booked.

Same deal if there was a restaurant attached to the venue (like the wineries) pay for the meal but if you book it comes off the final bill.

What did the $300 cover exactly?

Post # 9
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@goingtotherooftopoflove:  Yeah the wedding industry here ion Australia sucks. We ended up getting married in the USA and I was so shocked at what we got and how accommodating they were compared to most of the vendors we talked to in Melbourne.

Unfortunately I think they have you over a barrel since you have a signed contract. Does the contract say anything about the tasting? But it is really shady that they don;t take it off the final bill. I guess it is because they already have you locked in.

Post # 10
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@goingtotherooftopoflove:  My Fiance and I will go to our food tasting this Sunday. Our ceremony and reception venue (a beautiful banquet hall near a beach here in CA) offer the typical choice of steak or fish 3-4 course menu, and then 3 different sets of 8 course menus. We ended up choosing an 8 course menu with lobster as one of the main entrees. The menu tasting is complimentary. We will be able to try 3 out of the 8 items, so we chose the entrees with shrimp, scallops, and of course lobster. We will try some desserts as well aside from our wedding cake.

I find it a little odd that you are only able to try 2 entrees if there are several others to choose from and that you have to pay that amount. With our venue, the other 2 sets of 8 course menus are pretty similar. They vary in price per person if we decide to upgrade the appetizer, soup, or desserts, and if we choose chicken instead of scallops, lobster, etc.We can pretty much taste the important entrees in our menu. 

I hope everything works out at your menu tasting though. It never hurts to ask if you are able to try other entrees.

Post # 12
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@goingtotherooftopoflove:  That is a really good attitude. Honestly I have never had a really good wedding dinner at any wedding I have been to in Melbourne and I ahve been to a lot of them. In fact I think the best was at the RSL club in Pascoe Vale and it was probably the cheapest per head cost!

When we looked 4 years ago we were lucky to find anything decent that we liked under $150 per head. Multiply that by 100 and you are at $15K just for the reception. And the really cute small venues where you could keep the guest list under 100 were even worse on pricing. We just gave up in the end and had a destination wedding. We spent the money that we would have spent on inviting distant relatives and acquaintances and shouted our close family and friends to a fab holiday at our Destination Wedding instead.

Don’t get me started on dress prices. I was in love with a Justin Alexander tea length dress and it was over $1200 more expensive in Australia than the USA. Even with postage it was going to cost less to order in the states and ship it here. Crazy. I ended up getting a custom dress made in China for under $350.

Photography is the other over priced item here as well. I get shocked at how little in the states pay and what they get for the money!

Post # 13
3688 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That’s weird. Our tasting was included with our venue fee. We got to bring up to six people total and we tasted four appetizers, four entrees, two salads, four veggies, four starches, and four cakes.

Post # 15
1251 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@goingtotherooftopoflove:  Yep, agreed, my venue (in Adelaide) doesn’t facilitate tastings, we can go to their cafe that they have at the venue to try food but it isn’t the dishes that are served at the weddings so what is the point really! They also suggest you go and have a meal at a bistro they have a contract for at the theatre here but that has conveniently been closed for the bulk of our engagement due to construction work. So we have to fly blind and just pick what sounds yummy. Their food is high-end and the photos look lovely but I’d still like to taste!

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