Post # 17
So we had our mini-tasting a few days ago, and it was great. They had a few pieces of grilled chicken and salmon with several different sauces/marinades/sides, and everything was delicious (well, except the cilantro pesto, and I can’t blame them for that one). They were absolutely wonderful – we’re having a farmers’ market theme, so I’d love to have as much local/seasonal stuff as possible, and we’re going to talk again a few weeks before the wedding to discuss what’s looking good at their vendors. Then we’ll plan the menu around that!
I’m thrilled, because it’ll help narrow things down in a way, and it will also allow them to be creative with ingredients they’re excited about. We all came out of the meeting really happy, and I’m glad I just sort of let them do their thing but also made sure I was able to get a good sense of their food. Thanks for all your ideas and advice!
Post # 18
A few of the places that we looked at for reception sites with in-house caterers didn’t offer tastings and that made me really uncomfortable, especially with the amount of money they were asking for. I was very excited when the caterer I’m going with mentioned a tasting in the very first email response to me.
If the tasting is mid morning, it’s possible they’ll be preparing for a lunch and can give you a sample of that. Or maybe they’ll just make a dish or two of what you’re looking for.
Post # 19
Historykitty – we already had the mini-tasting (see post just above yours). Since they’re a very small operation and since we’re trying to keep our own costs down, it wasn’t financially viable from either side for us to have a full-on tasting. But I feel 100% confident about our choice, especially because Mr.GV and I have several friends who have worked events for our caterer, and our friends have had nothing but positive things to say about them. In the catering business, that’s pretty awesome!
Post # 20
I also did not have a tasting. But had eaten at this restaurant before and the quality of food was very high. They have an extra room for weddings and such. I didn’t ask for a tasting and they didn’t offer.
In the end, our food was unbelievable! I have never had such a tender, juicy filet mignon steak in my life! I have absolutly no regrets.
Post # 21
And I would think the tasting would be mid-morning so that they are not preoccupied with lots of other guests, or meals to make. They will be focusing more on you.
Post # 22
Just be honest. "I’m sorry 10 am is a bit early for us to try main dishes and really bea able to enjoy them I would prefer something in the afternnon"
It doens’t have to be rude or anything, just be honest. You want to be able to talk to this vendor becaue he’s a key part of your day. Cutting off the ability of communication isn’t good. Be polite but remember he’s working for YOU
Post # 23
- Wedding: Small church ceremony, museum reception
We had our tasting at 10AM, and I actually think it’s a perfect time to get a full tasting- you wouldn’t have eaten breakfast/lunch by then so you’ll come hungry and ready for your ‘free meal’.
Our caterer was at first very lax- they said they’d just serve up what they had on hand that day. I made sure to keep asking them to please include things from our menu, especially since I specially requested some vegetarian items. I think just being straight-forward and telling them what you want/need should get the point across.
That being said, we did end up tasting extra things that weren’t on our menu because they were flexible and brought things out for us. Plus we ended up substituting things from our original menu for new things we tried, and in a few cases, never got to try! At some point you have to realize whether or not you trust your caterers to provide a high quality of food- for us, it was apparent our caterers were great, so I trusted their suggestions and changed up our menu accordingly. So even if you don’t get to taste every last thing, that’s fine. The bigger picture is whether or not you like their food, period. If you’re worried they will mess something up, then yes, only choose things that you have actually tasted for yourself. Good luck!
Post # 24
It really depends on the caterer. When my friend got married, he and his bride got full plates of everything. When I got married, I never got the option to try the food but it was AMAZING. We have gotten the most compliments on the food. We didn’t even have to do anything special, the venue had a caterer that they go through and they were able to get us whatever we asked for. It worked out very well for us.