(Closed) No tasting at venue, is this weird?

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: Would you book a venue without tasting the food?

    Yes

    No

    Depends-explain below

  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    From my understanding, almost all tastings happen after the contract is signed and are used to pick menu options rather than select a venue.

    If the venue is also a restaurant then you can just go and have a meal there to see what the food is like, but if it is just a catering hall thy usually will not do tastings until after a contract is signed.

    Sometimes places will have a “tasting day” where they have lots of couples come and taste, but I think for the most part you have to have signed a contract first.

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    This was pretty typical when I was venue hunting. I booked without a tasting but only because I had heard amazing things about the food there. We had a tasting a few months before the wedding and it lived up to my expectations.

    Post # 5
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    Honey Beekeeper

    Usually you sign first. So don’t worry about that. But I’d be pretty wary of a place that would NEVER let me taste the food.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I hired a caterer who brought the food into my venue.  We tasted before committing to them.  Why would you chance that the food would suck????  It is such a big expense and leaves your guests with either a oh my god that sucked feeling or wow that was freakin awesome!  Taste your food girl, it’s a lot of money!!!!

     

    We picked out our menu and the chef made each item we wanted!  It was awesome!

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Our venue didn’t do tastings either, but they are also a restaurant so we already know their food is amazing.

    I think it depends how much you care about the food from your venue (vs. style or location) and maybe talk to other brides who have had their wedding there!

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Our caterer is exclusive to the venue, so if we wanted the venue we had to use that caterer and they did not let us do a tasting prior to signing the contract.  We have our tasting scheduled in a few weeks and then we’ll pick our menu.  I think it’s common to not do food tasting prior to signing a contract.

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I didn’t taste at my venue.  It’s a country club that does tons of weddings, and IMO wedding food is kinda wedding food.  It was basic stuff like salmon, chicken, steak.  i was planning from out of town and they had great reviews so I didn’t even think to push the issue.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Our venue did not allow tastings until after a contract was signed and like PP said to pick the menu. This was the same with the 2 other venues we visited.

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My venue does not do the food so I went with a caterer and we did 2 tastings with them before booking them.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    We’re using a historic mansion that doubles as a banquet hall. Fiance has eaten there on other business before and was impressed with the food. We haven’t tried the things that we wanted serve at the wedding but I feel resonable confident that it will be good.

    Post # 13
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    For our venue, you sign the contract before the tasting.  The tasting is done 6 months before your wedding date.   The venue is a restaurant, though, so I at least had an idea of what their food would be like…

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee

    If they don’t offer a tasting, they’re hiding something. I would never book any caterer who did not offer a tasting before you book them (you have to try them out first so you know who to go with. if they don’t allow that, move on to someone else asap) since you have no way of knowing what they will be fixing and you risk having bad food on the day of because you are locked in at that point. 

    Post # 16
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    Sugar Beekeeper

    This is very typical for a venue that isn’t a full service restaurant. Our venue offers a brunch every Sunday and we are invited to come and taste the food to get a better idea of what the chef is like, then we can choose the menu later (without tasting).

    You have to keep in mind that there is a huge difference between a caterer and a venue with in-house catering. A caterer is selling their food alone while the venue has more to offer and isn’t JUST relying on the food. That being said just do your homework. If the venue had terrible food they wouldn’t be able to keep it a secret by any means.

     

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