Post # 1
We are doing our tasting in 2 weeks. Fiance and I eat for free, both sets of parents are coming, at $75 per person. We get to choose 2 soups, 2 salads, 2 entrees, 2 desserts. That is it. I asked some friends and it turns out that at other venues, each person who is paying gets to choose a different item so this way you can try more things. But if we all 6 of us are having the EXACT same thing, what really is the point? Please help me with this, I dont usually let things get to me, but my venue is REALLY pissing me off 🙁
Post # 3
yeah, i have heard of venues doing this. I think it stems from the fact that it is a lot of work for the kitchen to create small amounts of different entrees. But, I’m like you, what’s the point of the tasting then?
If I were you, I would just have the two of you there, sans parents. $75 per person seems awfully steep to me to just have a tasting of only two entrees. Have you talked to the venue about your concerns? What was there response?
Post # 4
My venue let me bring 3 guests to my tasting for free. I would just go with my Fiance, $75 per person is really steep.
Post # 5
I just sent the coordinator an email, but I have a feeling it wont really get me anywhere. They are a historical loation in the downtown core, so I think they dont really NEED to make accomodations the way some further out of the city locations would need to do. And our parents are totally looking forward to this dinner, and to them, the money is not an issue, I think I’m the only one who is bothered by this!!!
Post # 6
That’s similar to how it is at my venue. The breakdown is 2-3 hor d’oeurves, 2-3 side dishes, and 2-3 entrees. They don’t even do desserts at my venue (though you can ask to do a cake-tasting with them, but that’s all they have).
However, they usually do a big group dinner for about 100+ people having weddings so they can make lots of the food. I didn’t go to that because I’m a LD bride but my parents went. Then I went and followed up with my own tasting. The chef actually said during my tasting he hates the big tasting because it’s really difficult for the small kitchen to make several different dishes, so it might just be that your venue doesn’t have the culinary man-power to have a few people making a ton of dishes. It’s different at a venue when you’re making a couple things in bulk.
Even with doing those 2 tastings though, we’re still ordering things from the menu that neither my parents or myself have tried! Maybe you can ask to try 3 entrees or whatever, if there is something on the menu that you really want to try. I’m surprised other venues let one family order many items, because that would probably mean a lot of waste at the end, for the uneaten portion of pork or beef or whatever.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies, your responses made me feel so much better!!!!! I dont feel like its just my venue anymore