Post # 1
My fiance and I are trying to choose between two venues and the deciding factor is food, which is a top priority for our wedding. (Seriously, I will come to my wedding in a potato sack if that means that we’ll have awesome food). For one of the venues, we haven’t tried out the food yet. This venue requires that we use one of their preferred vendors.
I reached out to a couple of their caterers that we think might work based on menus we saw online. However, we won’t absolutely know that we will go with a caterer until we try the food. Both my fiance and me have dietary restrictions due to the same medical condition, and we’re also picky eaters.
Based on the responses I got from the caterers, I’m wondering if there’s a more casual way to try out their food. Both caterers want to schedule tastings, and one of them told me that they charge $150 per person for it. We’d be willing to pay that fee if we definitely knew that we were going with that caterer and needed to solidify our menu, but it seems a bit steep just to see whether we like their food. If this is a normal fee, that’s going to be very expensive if we try out 3 caterers. Just a few bites would be enough to know whether we want to go with them.
Any advice on how to get a quick sample of food from these caterers, if that is even possible? Thank you in advance!
Post # 2
Wow, that’s an expensive tasting fee! I wouldn’t pay that either if I wasn’t sure I was going with them. Will they apply the tasting fee to the catering cost if you choose them? That might be a little more forgivable. Sometimes caterers have samples of their food at bridal expos too.
Post # 3
I would see if there’s any bridal shows/venue open houses that any of the caterers will be going to before you need to decide. That would give you a chance to taste the food first!
I agree with PP $150pp for a TASTING is ridiculous, and in my opinion a bad business practice. I do not think that is standard, so you may have more luck with the other vendors. A fee is normal, $300 is not.
Post # 4
hmm, that sounds a lot for a tasting. We didn’t commit to our venue until we tried out their caterer, but luckily their caterer is also a restaurant! maybe you could see if any of their caterers are attached to restaurants or cater any events open to the public?
Post # 5
I would ask the caterer if their are any events they are catering that are open to the public. You could make it a date night if they are doing a charity event or as the pp suggested a bridal fair etc.
Post # 6
It’s not clear whether they’ll charge that fee if and only if we go with them. They said that they would add it to our final wedding bill when we choose them. I definitely want to clarify that with them because the fee won’t be as huge a deal if we only have to pay for it if we choose them.
Post # 7
Unfortunately, none of the caterers that are interesting to us have restaurants. The ones that did had awful Yelp reviews!
Post # 8
Thank you for giving me your take on the fee. I honestly didn’t know whether that price was really high, but it’s definitely helpful to know that it is. I’ll see whether the caterers will be serving at events that my fiance and I might be able to attend.