Post # 1
We had our tasting last weekend.
- Macadamia Encrusted Chicken
- Tropical Chicken with Mango Salsa
- Prawns, and
- Filet with Peppercorn Sauce
I’m not an extremely picky eater. I don’t expect wedding food to be the best food I have ever tasted, but I seriously said “gross” at least twice during the tasting.
The worst were the prawns. I love shrimp, but would not even take a second bite. They seemed less than properly cooked with a disgusting green sauce.
Then the filet…it came out with the wrong sauce, which was also disgusting. It was WELL done and super fatty. Sadface.
They were nice and brought a new filet with the peppercorn sauce. It was rare and had at least 30 peppercorns on top of it. I thought they must be capers instead since there were so many. If you want to eat pepper and not taste the steak, this sauce is perfect! Yuck.
The chicken was actually great, but we still really need a beef option. The hotel will let us come back and taste again, but I’m losing faith in them.
Any suggestions? Or just commiseration? Do you agree that we must have a beef option?
Post # 3
Whoops…I meant to post in food.
Post # 4
Ugh! I think that you may want to reconsider this venue…I think it’s pretty ridiculous that the only thing that tasted great or okay was the chicken. I wouldn’t take a chance on the beef…
Post # 5
I would stick with the filet as an option. I think they should VERY easily be able to come up with another sauce for the filet. And if not, just skip the sauce. If filet it cooked well it doesn’t really need much.
Post # 6
That stinks!! I like the option where you explain to them what you didn’t like & then go for another food testing. Do they have a restaurant or something where you can do & try some of the other food they offer – like a regular menu?
Off topic – when I read your post title I said “ohh noo!” but I guess I said it like the guy from Family Guy because my office mates are HYSTERICALLY laughing at me right now. LOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rks-Cr3Fr_k
Post # 7
Oh no, so sorry! That is a disappointment for sure. I definitely think you should go back, ask for at least a different sauce for the beef. I don’t know much about beef, so maybe there’s a different cut of beef they can do instead too. To make sure it isn’t cooked too well? I don’t know, I’m a vegetarian! But I do think you should stick with the chicken! And don’t even bother trying a new prawn dish, sounds like they don’t clean it well enough- yuck! I just think if you offer a beef, chicken and a vegetarian meal to choose frommost guests are pleased.
Post # 8
I agree with keeping the chicken that you liked, and the steak. Maybe go back in for another tasting with just steak, and a variety of sauces. Then you can find one that’s perfect.
Definitely skip the seafood though.
Post # 9
I was under the impression that beef is one of the hardest things to cater properly because of the tendency to have it be under- or over-done. So, if they screw it up at the tasting, they will certainly screw it up when doing it on a larger scale. You don’t need a beef option. I would stick with what was palatable, because I’d rather have good chicken than crappy beef.
Post # 10
I don’t think you NEED the beef. Most people like chicken. Could you do another tasting with the beef or another seafood dish?
Post # 11
We are probably plating both options together (with smaller portions). FI doesn’t really like cooked fish and we figured that if the beef wasn’t awesome, the fish would be worse.
I guess we’ll just have to go back and then cross our fingers?
(Changing venues is not an option…I would have a heart attack! And I love everything else. We’ll order 10:00 pizza if we have too.)
Post # 12
Maybe instead of filet try like a short rib – cooks tend to cook that SO much better. it’s an easier piece of meat to have turn out correctly, I think. Though Fiance is our family chef. I definitely think you should have another tasting.
Post # 13
I can definitely commiserate. The food at our venue did not match my expectations – but, there were some dishes that they did really well (we went to 2 huge food tastings where we could sample a ton of stuff and will have a final tasting with our selected dishes).
That said – I’d ask the catering manager and/or chef what their speciality is. I’d also be very vocal about your concerns with the beef dish.
As for if beef is necessary – I definitely wanted to do a beef dish – but everything I tasted was so underwhelming that I’m doing chicken/fish/vegetarian. Not the menu I envisioned, but I think it will work!
Post # 14
i have to ask- how did it turn out for you?
im in the midst of planning my menu and im horrified that this will happen to me!
hope your wedding was wonderful 🙂