(Closed) only 2 entrees for menu tasting?!?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Sounds like maybe you need to look into other caterers to fork your money over to? This sounds absurd. That’s not really much of a tasting.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@rosewater7: That sounds shady.  At my tasting, we could taste 2 chickens, 2 beef, and 2 fish entrees, and our menu will have one of each. 

Though I will say that of the 2 fish entrees we tasted, we ended up asking our coordinator her opinion on 2 other entrees we didn’t taste, and we ended up picking one of those options that we didn’t taste.  So maybe at your tasting, if you don’t like one of the options, it narrows your choice to something else you may not have actually tried?

Sorry you have to deal with the added stress, good luck!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

That does sound a bit weird, but unfortunatley I can’t really help you with what’s “normal”. All the venues here make you choose one set menu for everyone (no “beef/pork/chicken/fish/veggie” here!), so we chose an appetizer reception, and they don’t even offer tastings for those! : /

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I was only allowed to try 3 items and we have 11 dishes (buffet). So unless it was layed out in a contract that you would get more than the 2 tries… there isn’t much you can do other than kindly see if they would accomdate a tasting of 1 or 2 more dishes.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hmm, we got to pick two to try from a list of six options, but we only had one entree at the actual wedding, so it wasn’t a “make sure they don’t suck” thing. Haha!

I do find it a bit unprofessional that they’d a) tell you the chef is in a bad mood rather than just “I’ll check later and get back with you,” and b) charge you $50 for the third entree. I understand they have policies, but it seems silly after all the other money you’re giving them!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

We are serving 2 entrees and got to choose 2 first plates and 2 second plates for tasting… ending up with 1 of each.  It was a sit down meal similar to a restaurant (or how our guests will be served.)  The tasting was free, but we had pretty much already signed with them, so I’m sure the cost will be tacked on somewhere. 

If you dislike what you taste perhaps they will set up a second tasting?  

I think more people like chicken than fish though I suppose that depends on the preparation and your guests.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Do you think that if you offered to pay them they would make you additional entrees? I’m not saying you should have to pay. I think it’s pretty unfair. But that way you miight get more selection and have an actual “tasting.”

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

That’s how ours was. We just got to taste what we’d actually serve our guests. So we tasted 2 sides, 2 entres, 1 salad, 1 dessert.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ours is similar to this…there’s 9 total entree options adn we pick three, and we get to serve 3 at the reception. So it’s kind of a “jus tmake sure you like it” type of thing, I guess it isn’t really a full-on tasting.

We do get to taste multiple varieties of wine though, yay!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@rosewater7: If you know you’re getting steak, but you can’t decide between chicken or fish, then have the tasting be the chicken and fish!

That’s what we did- – we had 4 options to serve our guests, and were only allowed to taste 4 things! (Out of 10-12 entrees.) There were 2 steak entrees, so I went with the one that a friend of mine had gone with with the same caterer, (she had tasted both beefs,) and we knew we wanted a salmon option, and the only pasta option, so then we got to taste 3 of the chicken options!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

For our tasting, we got to choose four appetizers (out of the six or seven planned for our menu), one entree (out of the three choices we’d offer our guests), and either salad or dessert.  Additional tastings (as in, coming back at a later time for a similar selection) would have been $50 a person. 

It was really less about choosing which items to serve than about making sure we liked the chef’s general style and taste.

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