(Closed) Tastings (what is the point)

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MsTargaryen:  We got a free lunch out of it….aaaaannnd it was the best BBQ I’ve ever had! 🙂 We got a platter FULL of all of their meats and about 6 different sides. I find it odd that they are limiting what you can taste though…

Post # 4
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We get to taste their whole menu, and because it includes the cake all of the cake flavors etc…that is odd they are only allowing 2.

Post # 5
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Hmmmm…. you’re supposed to be able to sample a little more of a selection than that.

Post # 6
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We got to taste there whole menu.  But even if you don’t, it helps you ensure the food is good.  And if you taste a dish you don’t like, you know not to keep that on your menu.

Post # 7
3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

What the heck kind of dumb caterer only lets people paying big bucks for wedding food sample 2 dishes?  Are you already stuck with these guys by contract?

Post # 8
1736 posts
Bumble bee

At my tasting, we chose three menu items plus sides and the caterer made us a huge meal (plus apps and desserts!) for a small fee. It was awesome! We don’t have to choose the dishes she made, but it was a way for us to test her talent and creativity. I have to say though…what she made was so delicious that I don’t know if I will stray from that!

Post # 9
12973 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We also got to taste our entire menu – every appetizer, salad, 3 entrees, sides, and their homemade bread.  I wonder if you really hate one, if they’d let you come back and try another?  Maybe the 2 is just to save cost for them so they don’t have to prepare many more extra dishes? Not sure though, it doesn’t seem like the smartest plan.

Post # 10
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Yeah, that’s weird that they’re limiting it so narrowly. Ours also limits the number we get to taste – but the limit is 6. That gives us latitude in choosing 2-3 entrees. We also get to taste 6 accompanying vegetable sides, and a few potato/rice options.

Post # 11
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

no way! you should be tasting a few different choices. If that’s not possible, and after that first tasting you are not 100% happy with a dish, you should demand they offer you a second tasting

Post # 12
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We haven’t been limited on anything as far as tastings except cake. For both the wedding and the rehearsal dinner, we got to taste anything off of the menu that we wanted. The lady we met with even insisted on us ordering every dessert even though she already knew we were planning on having dessert at the wedding.

For cakes, we had to pick two flavors. I think the point of that was just to get to see the quality of the cake.

Post # 13
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Is this tasting with the caterer you’ve already selected? If so, that seems odd- you should be able to try 3 or 4. They don’t have to make full meals, in that case.

If you’re still interviewing caterers, then yes, that sounds correct. If you book, they’ll let you try more if you didn’t like one of the original selections.

Post # 14
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our tasting included 2 dishes as well but our venue made us a 3rd without our asking so that we could have some variety. I always just assumed that couples chose the dishes that they know that they’ll like and had a tasting just so that they knew what they’d be serving to their guests. We knew that we’d like the NY strip steak and chicken cordon bleu so we didn’t go into the tasting thinking that we’d be changing our minds. In the event that you really don’t like something that you’re tasting, tell the chef or coordinator (they should be there). The kitchen only has to whip up one of whatever other entrée you’d like to try so I can’t imagine that would be much of an issue. Then again, every venue is different and probably has a different policy.

ETA: Now that I think about it, our experience may have been different since we preselected our entrees. We knew what we wanted to serve since we’d previously tried their food so our tasting was really more of just free dinner for us. 

Post # 15
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

That makes no damn sense at all! Maybe you pick the two you were thinking about and then hope to hell they are good. Haha

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