Post # 1
We have been talking to a caterer who sounds great so far – fantastic reviews, good price, menu we really like. However, they can only do weekday tastings no later than 4:00. Fiance and I would have to leave work by 3:00 to get there in time. I could leave early, but he just started a new job and can’t really leave work early for this – at least, not for now. I don’t have any local family, and all my friends here work regular schedules, so I wouldn’t want to ask anyone else to join me. Should I just go by myself? Or should we skip the tasting and just book them based on the information we have? We could possibly do a tasting down the road when Fiance is more settled in his job to finalize the menu. Or if there’s some other option I’m somehow overlooking, I’m open to suggestions!
Post # 2
goblueca: no, go alone. The tasting is important.
Post # 3
goblueca: I would go alone. I can almost guarantee that you won’t be the only one attending alone if they only have weekday tastings during standard work hours.
Post # 4
You really should make the tasting. My caterer had some amazing options but when I tasted them, they weren’t as good or as satisfying as I had hoped. I’d also ask a friend to come if your Fiance couldn’t. I’d totally scoot out of work early to help do something this fun.
Get the grub, girl.
Post # 5
I would go alone. Maybe bring a container and bring some home for Fiance so he can taste it too.
Post # 7
And if you explain that your fiance can’t make it to the tasting but was really hoping to be involved, they will almost certainly have an extra portion for you to bring home- as a PP mentioned. I took my mom when my fiance couldn’t go and my caterer packed up a container without me even asking.
Post # 8
Thanks, all for the sanity check. I’m pretty laid back about the wedding planning in general, but for some reason this is really frustrating me/bumming me out. I wish they could me more accommodating with this. It’s far and I’ll have to rent a zipcar to get there, so it’s just really inconvenient for us. But they are the frontrunner in every other aspect, so I guess it’s worth it.
Post # 9
goblueca: Did you ask if they could accommodate you?
Post # 10
I say go alone! It’s good to know what your food will taste like!
Post # 11
- Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand
Ask your friends but make it known it’s not that you’re requiring it, you just wanna see if they want to join a fun date 🙂 I would love to go if one of my friends asked!
Post # 12
peachacid: Yes, they said weekends were almost impossible. We at least got the person to agree to talk to the owner/chef about a later time, so fingers crossed that works out!
Post # 13
goblueca: I would be wary of working with a company with such a strict policy, especially if it’s one they won’t bend a bit to accommodate potential clients. Good luck!
Post # 14
peachacid: I thought it was a little rude too, but then I thought about when else the company could meet with potential clients, and it makes sense. I would bet they have weddings booked most weekend, and events booked most nights if they are really good. They likely want to be able to focus on the person that is in doing the tasting. I’m sure they want to offer personalized service and likely can’t do that if they are getting ready for a different event.
Post # 15
goblueca: Although I get that some tastings can’t be done on the weekends because of other events, it does seem strange that they can’t accomadate you a little more. If you feel like this is a good potential caterer, I’d just go alone but open the invitation to your friends in case they are able come along.
Our tasting had to be be during the weekday as well and since the chef wasn’t available at a later time, we had to do it at 2pm which was a little inconvenient for me, but it happened to be on a day during the week that Fiance is normally off so we were both able to attend. My bridesmaid happened to have some extra time off too, so she was able to join us too.