(Closed) Paying for second tasting with caterer?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Ms Bookworm: At least you get a tasting! That aside, though, I’ve never heard of caterers holding a second tasting. Maybe it’s just a regional thing? I’d say take it — you paid for the tasting the first time around; is there a specific reason that you’re reluctant to pay for the second time? Or are you just surprised that they don’t normally do ‘second tastings’?

It is a bit odd that they’re charging the ‘full price’ for one food item. But maybe they’re thinking that they’ll serve you everything all over again? Or the price might only cover labour, etc. (aka wages for those involved), and not the actual food costs.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

IMO, the cost of a first tasting is the “price of doing business” in order to gain potential clients.  Did you have to pay the first time around?  I’d say if you paid the first time around, you might want to have a talk with them about this second time around because, in my experience, most caterers offer a complimentary first tasting.  

If you didn’t pay the first time, I would consider how realistic this caterer is for your needs.  If, after loving the lasagna, they are affordable, offer what you need, accomodating, and you are ready to book them; then I would perhaps consider it.  However, again, in my experience, all tastings after booking are “free.”  I’ve spoken with several caterers and that’s how they did things, but it was “free” in the sense that that is already included in the proposal because it’s the price of doing business: customers need to have tasting after tasting in order to perfect their menu and caterers should know this.  One or two tastings might not cut it.  So, unless all or most of the money is taken out of the final price if you book, then I might want to negotiate.

Lastly, it also helps to kind of have other caterers to compare with.  You can negotiate a lot better if you have a good idea what is “generally done.”  This will also give you an idea if you’re being ripped off, not everyone will be the exact same, but you’ll understand what themes are pretty consistent, average pricing, etc.  

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I use to work as a catering cordinator and in the 2 years nad MANY many weddings I was never asked for a second tasting. Im not saying that you are wrong for asking but for them to remake a whole lasagna it is allot of time and labour.. I dont think they are wtong for charging

BUT we also didnt charge for the bride and groom to do a tasting (only if there was more then 2 people tasting) BUT if there was a second tasting I am sure we would have charged

Hope that helps 🙂

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oops, sorry I missed that you did say you paid the first time around.  Maybe it is a regional thing, but in Atlanta only one of the 10+ caterers I looked at charged a first time fee.  I did not want to pay it because me, as well as the people around me, thought that it was the price of doing business–not for a whole bunch of people, though, normally only two people were included in the complimentary tasting, I understand it can get expensive.  I did not do a tasting with the one that offered a fee, I never even considered it, I fell in love with a few that offered complimentary, and finally booked with one of them last month.  The price of additional tastings were already included in the “service fee,” which was reasonable for us considering what it covers (of course we asked for line-item breakdown).

Things to think about 🙂  Again, it could be a regional thing.  🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had 2 tastings.  Our choice of food was important to us, and I don’t know what we would have done without that second tasting.  We would have just been blindly choosing half of our dishes!  If it were me, and they were really not going to be flexible about this, I would just do the tasting, because I’d rather know than risk it…

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had 1 free tasting. I asked them to modify a few things and I would have to pay if I wanted to try the modified dishes. So I think it’s reasonable.

I don’t think you should pay. I think everything you said makes sense and is easy enough to get right.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our first tasting was free, we did it with 2 other couples. If we had wanted to do a private tasting there would have been a charge. If we wanted to do a second tasting we’d be welcome to — there would be a charge.

I find it more obnoxious that they played the “we don’t normally do this” card.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh, yay! Make sure to leave them an awesome review, I love when vendors are nice.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Glad it worked out!  Hope the new lasagna is everything you were hoping for.

We only went for one official tasting, and that was free.  Another one we called about, and they did charge for that one.  They also did like, two tastings a month and we would be with a large group of random other tasters, which I didn’t care for the idea of.  If I have questions or concerns, I don’t want their attention divided between nine other groups of people.  Just thought I’d share, since I’m from the Minneapolis area.  Of course, the place we went that was free was fairly casual…it wasn’t a super fancy place like D’Amico’s (sp?) or anything.

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