(Closed) Tasting at venues

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Some places will charge, others won’t. Some places will have it free for the bride and groom and then a charge for anyone extra. At my venue the tasting was free. We had already sent them a list of menu items that we liked beforehand (chosen from their menu and additional suggestions). I think we tried 3 hot h’ors douevres and 2 or 3 main dishes along with sides. For us they made one of each thing and then we all split it.

I wouldn’t do more than one in a day. We were SO full after our tasting! I can’t remember how long the actual tasting took. Maybe an hour or a little more? I probably wouldn’t bring more than one or two other people besides you and your Fiance.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Do you know that the venues you are considering do tastings before you book? I know mine didn’t. Outside of that, they did not charge and I was allowed to bring 3 guests. I had to select 5 apps, 2 salads and 2 entrees ahead of time. Everyone was served their own dishes, the entree portions were slightly smaller than they were at the wedding. We also did a wine tasting. Mine prob lasted 90 minutes but we were discussing wedding timeline details as well. I would NOT have scheduled two in one day. We were totally stuffed by the end of the tasting.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I just came back from a tasting yesterday. They offered it to me because I already booked with them. I was able to taste everything that was on my menu. And boy was it amazing! I am unsure if a “potential” venue would be willing to have you try food, especially for free. but I say you can always the private events coordinator. Im sure they’d be able to work something out!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Most venues require you to actually book before you do the official tasting. I would contact the venue coordinators to see what their policies are. 

We had our tasting a few months ago for our October wedding. We basically just selected a few entrees (which were what we decided to go with when we booked) and 5-6 hot hor doeurve options. There was no charge though, I’m sure it’s factored in somewhere, and they allowed up to 4 people to attend. Fiance and I ended up going alone since we didn’t really need anyone elses opinions. At our tasting they made one of each entree and Fiance and I shared it. They knew ahead of time that it would just be him and I so I don’t know if they would have prepared more had we actually brought 2 other people. Even sharing the entrees and hor doeurves we were absolutely stuffed when we left. It’s a TON of food!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@kay01: I definately understand. Luckily for me, I had already tasted the food as my fiance and I went there for dinner. Your idea of applying the tasting fee to your overall deposit seems like a great idea! But unfortunately, it isnt up to us! I hope they are willing to let you sample!!!!!! =)

Post # 8
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76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@kay01: I definately understand. Luckily for me, I had already tasted the food as my fiance and I went there for dinner. Your idea of applying the tasting fee to your overall deposit seems like a great idea! But unfortunately, it isnt up to us! I hope they are willing to let you sample!!!!!! =)

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