(Closed) Tasting food before booking reception venue?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
9443 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Our venue does tastings once a month so that people who are considering using them either as a venue or just as a catering service (they do off-site catering as well) can try thier food before booking.

We booked without doing a tasting because we loved the venue and they are one of the top rated caterers so we didn’t have any concerns about the food being bad. But I think it’s perfectly reasonable for your sister and her Fiance to try the food (or at least ask if it’s an option) before booking the venue.

Post # 3
122 posts
Blushing bee

We did a tasting before booking our venue (hotel). It really depends on the place, but it’s worth asking. Some may charge a fee per head, but I think if you book they typically discount the tasting fees off the total.

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Post # 4
2156 posts
Buzzing bee

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Kacie209:  our venue includes catering; we didn’t taste the food beforehand – BUT we did read a lot of reviews about the caterer.

Post # 6
2031 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It is worth asking, but typically they only do food tastings after booking (which sucks).  One of the pluses for my venue that it was also a popular restaurant and they told us the food was the same food- even prepped in the restaurant’s kitchen and just cooked in the kitchen by the banquet hall upstairs.  I have been to that restaurant and loved the food.  We still did a tasting to help us choose the dishes, but it was good to know that we at least liked the food they made before booking.  

Post # 7
3046 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Our venue only does open tastings twice a year I believe. So if we wanted to book after tasting we would have been waiting until November. I love the venue and a lot of wedding/event reviews raved about the food so we felt comfortable securing it now. 

Post # 8
2144 posts
Buzzing bee

We will get a chance to do it now that we have booked the venue, but we couldn’t before. And our venue is in high demand so they kinda took the attitude if you want us you’ll book us and taste the food later.

It sucks, but I’m of the mind that wedding food tastes like wedding food. Ive never been blown away by it before. However, I have had cold burgers with chunks of fat in them…that was probably the worst.

Thankfully, my family just wants to eat, so we will throw as much food their way as possible.

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Post # 9
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

We are going to have a food tasting 3 months before our wedding, then we will finalize our menu

Post # 10
2343 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We ate in our venue’s restaurant prior to booking them for our wedding. Even though we knew the menu may not be the same as what is offered for weddings, we wanted to ensure that we were happy with the chefs and the presentation. The food was fantastic. The menu has since changed (they change it seasonally) but we know that, whatever we pick, it will be delicious and look amazing.

Post # 11
3170 posts
Sugar bee

We did a tasting before booking our venue. It was a must — like trying a dress before buying it, or doing a hair and makeup trial before booking a MUA and stylist. Our venue was a hotel so catering was done in house, and I wouldn’t have wanted to book it before knowing they could make good food. That being said, the executive chef did leave a couple months after the tasting and before our wedding, so things can change, but it’s still better to try before you buy, IMO.

Post # 12
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Tastings are normal.  We definitely did a tasting from our caterer.

Post # 13
1789 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Tastings covered by the venue pwanrior to booking are not normal. If they want to try the food before booking, they will have to go and pay for their own meals. If the food is good, chances are the wedding food will also be good.

We had two tastings after we booked our venue. It was fantastic and we customized our meal choices a lot. We also had a wine tasting.

Post # 14
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We had tastings at two different caterers for free before we picked.  These were stand-alone catering companies – we booked the venue beforehand, and these two were listed among the 6 preferred caterers.  We were deciding between the two, and they both knew it.  We would have been fine paying for the meals but they never asked us to.  

Once we picked the one, a few months later we had another tasting to test the changes we asked them to make. 

Tastings were such a fun part of the wedding planning!  And important too!  We would have gone with the other place if it weren’t for that tasting.  I think it’s great to at least ask if they’ll do them.  If they know the food is a deciding factor, they’ll be more likely to allow it.  

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