(Closed) Menu Tasting was not free

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1149 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve heard of tastings not being free — sometimes the caterer will put it toward the event if you book with them.

Probably good not to complain, especially since your bill was lower than expected (WOO HOO!!!!) and that 20 minutes of extra drinking is like a cherry on top.  Glad they handled things on your wedding day so well!  Smile

Post # 4
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

My tasting wasn’t free either (which I was surprised by) but it was a pretty nominal charge…

Post # 5
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Huh… you would think they would have mentioned it or billed you for it sooner… Nice though on the bar!

Post # 6
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Wow – I am expecting my tasting to be free and it’s at a hotel – maybe I should look into this!

I am glad you are so happy with them though!

Post # 7
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

My venue did an open house to taste all of their food-and it was $10 a person to go.  It was pretty nice though because we got to experience a mock reception

Post # 8
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve definitely heard of them not being free before, but every vendor I talked to around here confirmed they were free.


Post # 9
2765 posts
Sugar bee

If it’s not going to be free, I feel like they should charge for it upfront… not bill you later if you sign with them.  That feels misleading to me…

Post # 10
1565 posts
Bumble bee

We don’t even get a real menu tasting at our venue – just an open house to taste sample foods. It’s free for two guests though.

Post # 11
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Some caterers we talked to offered free tastings, while others charged a fee.  The caterer we finally ended up with charged $25 for each person but reimbursed if we booked with them.  All of the caterers informed us of the fee, though, so I think it’s not good practice for them to be so silent about it until you receive the bill.

Post # 12
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wow ive never heard of this! I agree with mr bee they should tell you upfront! I was assuming my tasting is free, I hope so with the price were paying. gosh so many hidden costs in wedding stuff.

Post # 13
3331 posts
Sugar bee

Ours was not free either.  We had already booked our venue at the time, but the tasting cost (I think) $25/person.  They didn’t mention this when we booked, only when they sent the RSVP email.  I was kind of disappointed in the selection they had, too.  Instead of doing an individual tasting with items you select, they have 2 tastings annually and serve whatever they want.  We ended up having to choose a chicken dish which we hadn’t tasted.  Luckily, it turned out great, but it wasn’t an easy process.

Post # 14
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours isn’t free. They’re charging $60 per person, and 4 people eat for the price of 2. Any additional guests are $60 each. Apparently you get a huge bag of food to take home, you can taste all their wines and beers, and you get an hour or two of planning time with the wedding coordinators.

If there is a tasting fee, it is definitely good to be told that up front!

Post # 15
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ve heard of this before, but I’ve never heard of them not telling you up front.  Usually the places that charge will have one big event for all the weddings that year where you can go and taste the menu.  And they will tell you that it costs a certain amount to get in.  I’d be a little upset that they just put it on the bill like that, but if you got other things for less then I guess it’s a wash in the end, right?

Post # 16
217 posts
Helper bee

Both our venue and rehearsal dinner tastings were free of charge. Our rehearsal venue encouraged us to order ANYTHING we wanted including beer and wine, desserts and appetizers off the menu. We left a HUGE tip. Anyway.. I too feel it’s misleading not to let you know up front. Good warning for everyone here though to check before you taste.

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