Post # 1
so I have been going back and forth with the country club about figuring out what items will be served at our tasting next weekend. this AM he sends me the finalized tasting menu. . . and at the bottom, it says ‘$29.95 per person’!!!! I was shocked. . .I always thought that tastings were free. Was I just naive? Are there other brides who had to pay for their tastings?
Post # 3
@hellorebecca: I thought they were supposed to be free also. I mean, they are trying to get YOUR business.
Post # 4
I think a tasting should be free after you’ve already booked. If you want to do a tasting before booking I can see charging (although 30/person does seem steep) because they dont know for sure you’ll book them.
Post # 5
mine is free. i mean, we’re already paying almost 10 grand for the space and food…the very least they could do is throw in some food!
Post # 6
@hellorebecca: My FI’s godmother is catering our wedding and we are insisting on paying for our tasting. It’s basically like a dinner out, but probably discounted from what that meal would normally cost.
The ingredients for the food still costs them money, so why shouldn’t you be charged for it?
Unless your contract stated the tasting was included with the cost of catering, I’d expect to pay extra for a tasting.
Also, I’d expect they might do it because if tastings were free, people might bring their whole bridal party to the tasting, so caterers/venues do that to discourage feeding 10+ people for free.
Post # 7
Our tasting did not cost money if we used them as our caterer. There was a charge (I think $40 per person) but if we decided to use them the charge for the tasting was put towards our final bill and therefore did not pay for the tasting. Maybe that is something the caterer your insterested in also does?
Post # 8
We paid $600 for a private tasting for 6 people with our caterer prior to booking our caterer. The tasting involved tasting 8 different hors d’oevres, 2 appetizers, 3 entree selections and a variety of wedding cakes (along with wine and water). Once we booked the caterer, the money was applied as a discount off our total bill. It was definitely worth the money.
Post # 9
I didnt have a tasting but i was under the impression you had a to pay a minimal fee and then if you booked with them that amount came off your total bill. (???)
Post # 10
For our cake, we received one free tasting and had to pay for the others. I think it was $2 for each mini cake. As for the meal, we knew the food would be awesome because we’d eaten there several times. However, when we were supposed to taste, we traveled 2 hours only to find out the venue coordinator lied about having tastings.
Post # 11
At least you have an option for tasting…our caterer said they’re not going to make food just for 1 couple. Our venue requires that we use that specific caterer, so I hope the food tastes good! And yes, I thought tastings were free, too.
Post # 12
If you haven’t booked yet, I’d 100% expect to pay. They can’t feed every bride who considers their venue for free. But (for my experience) most places don’t charge you if you have already signed a contract with them for your event.
Post # 13
Come to think of it, I went to a tasting with a friend, and it was free. She did not end up using him for her caterer.
Post # 14
Our tasting was free, but only after we had a signed contract with the caterer and paid the deposit (30% of the estimated catering charges).
At the tasting, they prepared about half of the passed hors d’oeuvres we wanted to serve during the cocktail hour (none of the stationary items), and all the courses, which ended up with us eating hors d’oeuvres and 6 full courses of food. I didn’t finish most of the courses, to say the least! Heehee they also gave us 6 cupcakes to take home (we did cupcakes instead of cake).
Post # 15
Our tasting was free, and that included 3 full entrees, 8 hors d’oeuvres, 1 appetizer, and dessert for 6 people. Since we were doing a cupcake tower in addition to the seated dessert, I did have to pay for the cupcakes at our tasting, which only cost me $2 per cupcake. We also had two tastings – one prior to booking, and another the day that we did the menu planning. Neither tasting cost us a dime other than the cupcakes, and technically, the on-premise bakery is separate from the catering hall, so I could see why I had to pay for those.
Post # 16
I’m not even sure if our venue offers a tasting. I’m guessing if they did, it wouldn’t be free. We’re members at the club we booked with so we eat there on a regular basis and know that the food is to die for.